Ecologies

Ecologies

Ecologies is a collection of films attentive to issues of climate, nature and sustainable living, alternative modes of perception, and animal life.

Blending narrative and documentary forms and featuring the works of several first-time directors, Filmatique's Ecologies Series spotlights vivid and compelling visions of the current age of the Anthropocene, highlighting the destructive potential of human life on earth and its entanglement with other forms of sentience and existence—while attesting to the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities.

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  • Acasa, My Home

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    Radu Ciorniciuc • Romania-Germany • 2020 • A family living on the fringes of Romanian society.

    The Enache family has lived in the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta for nearly two decades. Gica and Niculina’s nine children spent their childhoods sleeping in a hut on the lakeshore...

  • 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...

  • Bikes vs Cars

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    Fredrik Gertten • Sweden • 2015 • An argument against the automobile.

    A battle is being waged for the soul of the road. In cities across the globe, inefficient transportation reigns supreme—humans commute in cars, machines that suck down gas, belch out pollution, and clutter stree...

  • Bugs

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    Andreas Johnsen • Netherlands • 2016 • An entry point to that most desirable cuisine: insects.

    With global food shortages on the horizon, forward-thinking chefs, environmentalists and food scientists are turning toward an unexpected source of protein: insects. For three years, a c...

  • 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...

  • How to Change the World

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    Jerry Rothwell • Canada • 2015 Filmmaker • Jerry Rothwell examines the early days of Greenpeace.

    A wily gang of artists, scientists, and draft-dodgers set their sights on halting a series of atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska. With the whale-hunting industry as their next targ...

  • Human

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    Yann Arthus-Bertrand • France • 2016 • An immersion to the core of what it means to be human.

    Humans dwell in nearly every corner of our planet. Despite their language, ethnicity, age, or gender, each knows moments of beauty as well of struggle and devastation. Over the course of ...

  • Ixcanul

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    Jayro Bustamate • 2015 • Guatemala-France • A Mayan girl lives at the foot of an active volcano

    Immersing the spectator in the rhythms of a vanishing world amidst ever-present threats of geological rupture and encroaching modernity, Ixcanul navigates the precariousness of female i...

  • Machines

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    Rahul Jain • India • 2016 • At a factory, workers labor for 12 hour days in order to make a living.

    Located on the northwest coast of India, Gujarat is a region known for textile production. Inside an enormous factory, set to the constant buzz and whirr of machines, workers labor...

  • 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...

  • More Than Honey

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    Markus Imhoof • 2012 • Germany • Inside the fascinating world of bees.

    Markus Imhoof's immersive documentary traces colony collapse disorder in global bee populations from Switzerland to Australia.

    Populations of bees are vanishing at a rapid pace across the globe—the phenomenon ...

  • 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 Land of Azaba

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    Greta Schiller • USA • 2020 • A radical experiment of ecological restoration.

    The Campanarios de Azaba Nature Reserve in Spain is one of the largest remaining tracts of wild nature in western Europe. Over the past centuries, it has fallen victim to exploitation—in the forms of hu...

  • 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 Rocket

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    Kim Mourdant • Australia • 2013

    Since the time he was born, Ahlo has been told he’s bad luck. Twins are inauspicious in Laotian culture, and Ahlo’s brother perished during childbirth. To the objection of some in her family, Ahlo’s mother raised the small boy anyway, showering h...

  • The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

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    Alison Reid • Canada • 2018 • A paean to a long-overlooked pioneer of giraffe conservation.

    In 1956, then 23-year-old Anne Innis Dagg traveled to South Africa to observe giraffes in the wild. Apart from an isolated study of red deer in Scotland, Dagg's journey was the first of it...

  • 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 dappled by a glorious Moreton Bay fig tree, their life consists of resplenden...

  • 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...

  • Up the Yangtze

    Yung Chang • China • 2008 • A human dimension to the wrenching changes facing humanity.

    The Three Gorges Dam, once completed, will be the largest hydroelectric project in the world. It also requires blocking the Yangtze, an enormous river that runs through the heart of China, and upon whose shor...