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  • The Absent HouseThe Absent House - Sustainable design in the tropics: Puerto Rican architect Fernando Abruna Charneco is a pioneer of locally-suited green buildings.

  • Agent Orange - A look at the long-term effects, on U.S. soldiers, the Vietnamese people, and the environment of Vietnam, of the spraying of Agent Orange on Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

  • Anais Goes to War - A young woman's struggle to start her own farm.

  • B

  • Banking Nature - By assigning financial value to elements of nature, can markets save the planet?

  • The Battle for the ArcticThe Battle for the Arctic - As the polar ice caps shrink, an international contest for control of the Arctic, is escalating.

  • Before the Flood - The residents of the historic Chinese city of Fengjie clash with officials forcing them to evacuate their homes to make way for the world's largest dam.

  • Beijing Besieged by Waste - Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, documenting Beijing's unholy cycle of consumption.

  • Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow - Traveling along the cross-Andes route of an oil pipeline in Ecuador, a case study of the troubling connections between corporations, Western consumption, and the 3rd World.

  • Biophilic DesignBiophilic Design - An innovative way of designing the places where we live, work and learn, pointing the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.

  • A Bridge Over the River - Profiles Lency, a man who lives in Cuba's central mountains who has a creative solution to all of life's daily problems there.

  • C

  • Come Hell or High Water - When the graves of former slaves are bulldozed in Mississippi, a native son returns to protect the community they settled.

  • Cul de Sac - An allegory for a working class suburb in decline, this film investigates the story of Shawn Nelson, who stole a tank and went on a rampage through the residential streets of Clairemont, CA.

  • D

  • DisorderDisorder - Footage from a dozen amateur videographers becomes a symphony of urban social dysfunction in China.

  • Divest! The Climate Movement on Tour - Chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

  • Donna Haraway - A playful and candid portrait of Donna Haraway, one of the most important living thinkers in the field of science and technology.

  • Dreaming of a Tree House - An exploration of the design and philosophy behind a 20 year-old experimental, ecological collective housing project in the center of Berlin.

  • DustDust - DUST turns one of the most commonplace subjects imaginable into a vehicle for a new appreciation of how these tiny particles affect our bodies and our environment and can provide a fresh new perspective of the entire world.

  • E

  • Electric Signs - Explores the effects of new screen-based advertising sign systems on urban environments and public space.

  • F

  • Flooding Job's Garden - Behind the scenes of the highly controversial James Bay Hydro-Quebec power plant project.

  • Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui - A powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui.

  • Food DesignFood Design - A look inside the secret chambers where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow.

  • For the Best and for the Onion! - A verite documentary that captures the rhythms of agricultural life in Niger, and how the vagaries of market price and harvest can affect the most intimate personal decisions.

  • Forgotten World - Discover a historic maze of stone circles, terraces and engravings that offer archaelogists new insight into South Africa's past.

  • Future of Mud - This is the story of Komusa Tenapo, master mason and heir to the secrets of Djenne architecture, the traditional use of mud in Malian buildings.

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  • Genesis 2.0Genesis 2.0 - Man becomes the Creator, as scientists try to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”.

  • The Great Flood - Artist Bill Morrison and musician Bill Frisell evoke the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and ensuing transformation of American society.

  • Gringo Trails - A global survey of the impacts on cultures, economies, and the environment of the most powerful globalizing force of our time: tourism.

  • H

  • H2Omx - Can a mega-city mobilize its 22 million citizens to become water-sustainable?

  • Hamou-Beya, Sand FishersHamou-Beya, Sand Fishers - For generations the Bozo people of Mali lived along the banks of the Niger river, fishing for their livelihood. But now...

  • Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth - Six young Maya present a wholly indigenous perspective, in which all life is sacred and connected, as they resist the destruction of their culture and environment.

  • Homo Sapiens - Abandoned landscapes of urban decay portend an ominous future in this wordless documentary.

  • I

  • An Injury To One - Reconstructs the long-forgotten murder of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana, and draws a connection between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself.

  • J

  • Just Eat ItJust Eat It - Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge.

  • L

  • Lost Rivers - Explore the growing movement and innovative projects around the world to uncover once-buried urban waterways.

  • M

  • Mr. CO2 - Traveling from Copenhagen to China, and from Australia to the US, this documentary looks at the state of carbon emissions and efforts to rein them in.

  • O

  • Our Daily Poison - Reveals how everyday chemicals-pesticides, Aspartame and plastics-may be slowly poisoning us.

  • OuterboroughOuterborough - A trolley traveling over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1899 helped create the footage underlying Bill Morrison's neo-travelogue. Music by Todd Reynolds.

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  • Planetary - We have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected.

  • Plastic Paradise - Angela Sun reveals the effects of our rabid plastic consumption as she investigates The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

  • Post-Carbon Futures - The world will have to survive without fossil fuels - sooner, rather than later. What are the alternatives?

  • The Price of AidThe Price of Aid - An investigation of America's food aid programs for famine-stricken nations, a multi-million dollar business, which asks both U.S. and African government officials whether such aid creates more problems than it solves.

  • The Prize of the Pole - Robert Peary's quest to plant an American flag at the North Pole came with enormous, and sometimes unacknowledged, costs. Now his great-grandson wants to set the record straight.

  • Q

  • A Quest for Meaning - Two childhood friends take an impromptu road trip to uncover the causes of our current global crisis.

  • R

  • Red Knot - A modern exploration of love, isolation and the inescapable vastness of the natural world. Starring Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby.

  • Red PersimmonsRed Persimmons - A visually elegant paean to the cultivation and harvesting of the sweet red fruit, and the disappearance of a traditional way of life in rural Japan.

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  • Saving Mes Aynak - Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site from imminent demolition.

  • Seed Battles - Deep inside a mountain, the Global Seed Vault preserves the seeds of the world. But to whom do they belong?

  • Seeds of Hunger - A global investigation into the evolving nature of food production, and the crisis it may portend.

  • Six Films by Nikolaus GeyrhalterSix Films by Nikolaus Geyrhalter - Geyrhalter’s films are nothing short of startling works of art.

  • Strait Through The Ice - Climate change is opening the Northwest Passage through Canada's Arctic for shipping. Examines the ecological and geopolitical ramifications.

  • The Strange Disappearance of the Bees - The latest science on the world-wide decline of bee colonies, implications,.and what might be done about it.

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  • Thank You for the Rain - Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, films his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm occurs, he becomes a community leader and activist on the global stage.

  • They're Selling the WindThey're Selling the Wind - An exploration of the carbon market's fight against global warming, a speculative, impalpable market, and sometimes irresponsible market.

  • Three Cheers for the Whale - Noted French documentarian Chris Marker chronicles the history of the whale and, in a more general manner, that of all marine mammals, in the process warning of the imminent destruction of the whale threatened by the fishing industry's ongoing slaughter.

  • Tierralismo - An in-depth portrait of a Cuban agricultural collective that has drawn international acclaim for its sustainable practices.

  • Timber Gang (aka Last Lumberjacks) - Yu Guangyi's stunning debut explores a grueling winter amongst loggers in Northeast China, as they work with traditional methods through one last, fateful expedition.

  • Trinkets and BeadsTrinkets and Beads - The oil company MAXUS and Huaroni Indians of the Amazon.

  • U

  • Utopia - A rare and powerful insight into the indigenous first people of Australia, the oldest, most enduring presence on Earth.

  • W

  • What's for Dinner? - Meat consumption in China is skyrocketing; what does it mean for sustainability, public health, food security, climate change, and animal welfare?

  • When Banana Ruled - The story of a simple fruit... upon which a global empire was built.

More Films & DVDs on The Environment
  • Back to the Soil - A young Korean couple leaves the city to become farmers. They struggle to survive economically from the land, while trying to balance their political activism and family life.

  • Black Water - Industrial pollution in a small Brazilian fishing village.

  • Choropampa - When a devastating mercury spill by the world's richest gold mining corporation hits a quiet peasant village in the Peruvian Andes, a courageous young mayor emerges to lead his people on a quest for healthcare and justice.

  • Coincidence in Paradise - Delves into the mystery of our origins, seeking the latest discoveries that may answer the question - What exactly was it that first initiated our genesis, our species' actual birth?

  • The Cow Jumped Over the Moon - The story of Fulani cattle herders in West Africa using U.S. satellite imaging technology to find grazing and water for their herds during drought.

  • CultureJam - A film about the movement called Culture Jamming. Pranksters and subversive artists are causing a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare...

  • Dam/Age - Traces renowned, prize winning writer Arundhati Roy's bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada dam project in India.

  • Depending On Heaven: The Desert - Examines the role of people in the desert ecosystem of Inner Mongolia.

  • Depending On Heaven: The Grasslands - Examines the effect of humans on the grasslands ecosystem of Inner Mongolia.

  • Earth Keepers - A global quest to meet key visionaries working on innovative approaches to building an environmentally sustainable future.

  • Elsewhere - An epic journey through voices and sounds from elsewhere. Landscapes, outlooks on the world, outlooks on life: Desert, snow, valley, jungle, ice, rainforest. An homage to humanity at the beginning of the 21st Century.

  • Energy War - A global investigation into the geopolitical dynamics of the world's oil supply. How are the governments which control most of the oil wielding their power on the world stage?

  • Guanape Sur - A barren rock island off the coast of Peru. Every eleven years hundreds of men come here, to dig up guano, the shit the birds leave behind.

  • Guinea Worm - Examines the nearly successful fight to eradicate a water borne parasite in Africa.

  • Hamburger: Jungleburger - Examines the impact of the fast food industry on Third World countries.

  • Hamburger: Macprofit - A provocative expose of the machinations that drive the fast food industry.

  • Inheritance - After a gold mine floods a Hungarian river with tons of cyanide, fisherman Balazs Meszaro stands alone against a multinational corporation, exposing environmental and human consequences of globalization.

  • Litigating Disaster - December 3, 1984. Bhopal, India. The worst chemical disaster of all time. How has Union Carbide manipulated the US and Indian legal systems for 20 years to avoid facing justice?

  • Open Sky - When an open-pit silver mine comes to an isolated, desert community in Argentina, corporate and government interests clash with those of the local population.

  • Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands - The Alberta tar sands, the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project has far-reaching environmental impact.

  • Recipes for Disaster - Concerned about the world's addiction to oil, and its disastrous environmental consequences for the planet, the filmmaker convinces his family to live "oil-free" for one year.

  • Since the Company Came - In the Solomon Islands extensive logging forces the Haporai people to confront social, cultural and ecological disintegration.

  • Surrounded by Waves - A global exploration of the health impacts of electromagnetic waves in our wireless technology.

  • Tambogrande - Follows the efforts of a small Peruvian town over five years as they fight government efforts to sell the mineral rights under their homes to a multi-national mining company.

  • Waste = Food - Based on the theories of William McDonough and Michael Braungart, major corporations embrace environmentally sustainable architecture and production in an ecologically-inspired industrial revolution.

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