Ecological Cinema

Ecological Cinema

Films by a diverse array of female directors attend to issues of sustainable living, climate change, and nonhuman life.

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Ecological Cinema
  • Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

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    Canada • Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier & Edward Burtynsky • 2018

    Humanity's damage to ecological systems becomes poignantly clear.

    In 2016, a group of scientists known as the Anthropocene Working Group declared the end of the Holocene—a geological epoch that had charact...

  • Goodbye Gauley Mountain

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    Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens • USA • 2014 • An ecosexual love story.

    Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have returned to the former's home state of West Virginia. Mountain-top removal, a form of surface mining that destroys local peaks to get at veins of cheap coal below, has de...

  • Manufactured Landscapes

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    Jennifer Baichwal • Canada • 2006 • A nuanced picture of the ecological toll of the way we live now.

    Photographer Edward Burtynsky has won international accolades for his large-scale photographs of 'manufactured landscapes'—sites of industrial waste and ruin. In an ethically ambi...

  • Pop Aye

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    Kirsten Tan • 2016 • Thailand-Singapore • A retired architect journeys home with an elephant in tow.

    Kirsten Tan's debut posits an unlikely friendship as a man and an elephant journey to Thailand's Isan province.

    Thana is a middle-aged architect living in Bangkok. While professi...

  • Seeds of Time

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    Sandy McLeod • USA • 2015 • Building seed banks that will stand the test of time.

    Agriculturist Cary Fowler, director of Global Crop Diversity Trust and co-founder of Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault, has spent his life's work seeking to safeguard biodiversity. Since humans ev...

  • The Messenger

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    Su Rynard • Canada, France, Costa Rica, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, United States • 2015

    An encompassing vision of the lives of songbirds and their integral role in wider ecosystems.

    For thousands of years, songbirds have been regarded as spiritual creatures, a link between the...

  • The Tree

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    Julie Bertuccelli • France • 2010 • The restorative power of nature in the face of loss.

    Dawn and Peter live with their four children in the idyllic outskirts of Brisbane, Australia. Bathed in sunshine and the shade of a glorious Moreton Bay fig tree, their life is comprised of ...

  • Trouble The Water

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    Carl Deal & Tia Lessen • 2008 • USA • An African-American couple fights to survive Hurricane Katrina

    Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Carl Deal and Tia Lessen illuminate the racial politics of environmental crisis vis-à-vis a young couple's battle to survive Hur...