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5,000 Miles of Wild

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5,000 Miles of Wild

2018 Freshwater & Oceans

Combining stunning scenery with insightful commentary on the state of river conservation, this is a powerful call to action for protecting our country’s remaining wild rivers for future generations.

A Year along the Geostationary Orbit

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A Year along the Geostationary Orbit

2018 Technology & Science

Himawari 8, Japan's most advanced meteorological satellite, travels 35,786 km above Earth, at more than 11000 km/h. It observes the Eastern Hemisphere day and night. For one year we look through the eyes of the distant observer. From solstice to solstice, from pole to pole, from storm to storm, we watch Earth's beauty and fragility, weather's wonders, forces, and disasters. From space, it all looks miraculous.

Amazon Forest Guardians Fight to Prevent Catastrophic Tipping Point

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Amazon Forest Guardians Fight to Prevent Catastrophic Tipping Point

2018 Climate Change

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Indigenous groups in the Brazilian Amazon are locked in a battle to protect their forest from land grabbers, illegal loggers, and a political class determined…

An Island Out of Time

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An Island Out of Time

2018 Local, Freshwater & Oceans

This half-hour documentary about Smith Island, MD, features Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall, whose lives personify the Chesapeake Bay’s seafood-harvesting culture and history, and their four children, who chose to break with that tradition.

The Ancient Woods

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The Ancient Woods

2017 Global Perspectives

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Filmed in one of the last remaining patches of the oldest forests in Lithuania, this poetic and atypical nature film depicts a place where boundaries of time melt and everything that exists does not wither or age but “grows into” eternity.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

2018 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Arts and Environment

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High-end production values and state-of-the-art camera techniques capture evidence of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, this film bears witness to a critical moment in geological history.

Aquatic Cathartic

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Aquatic Cathartic

2018 Freshwater & Oceans

A short documentary investigating the entangled roles of art and science in making the world a better place.

Ay Mariposa

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Ay Mariposa

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

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Tells a story of three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border…

Blowout

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Blowout

2019 Climate Change, Energy & Resources

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Investigative journalists, scientists, and concerned citizens trace the fallout of a new American fossil fuel boom.

Blue Carbon: A Story from the Snohomish Estuary

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Blue Carbon: A Story from the Snohomish Estuary

2018 Freshwater & Oceans

Blue carbon is carbon that is captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple…

Circle of Iris

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Circle of Iris

2019 Arts and Environment

A snapshot of Susan, a feisty 65-year-old woman, who has left the very fast lane of LA and has found peace growing thousands of iris…

Cold Comfort: Arctic Communities

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Cold Comfort: Arctic Communities

2019 Climate Change

Shishmaref, Alaska, is a town of 600 people, located on a small barrier island off the northwest coast of Alaska. This island is going through an erosion process put on steroids by climate change.

Collapsing Time

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Collapsing Time

2019 Arts and Environment

Zoe Keller is a graphite artist creating large-scale, highly detailed drawings. Using the traditions of scientific illustration, she weaves complex visual narratives about at-risk species…

Concrescence

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Concrescence

2017 Arts and Environment

Static winter forms melt in sunlight.

Confluence

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Confluence

2018 Parks and Protected Areas, Adventure

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The Colorado River has carved a deep imprint both on the physical landscape and on the lives of he people who rely on it. This film follows an up-and-coming indie folk band as they traverse and document this endangered river system in the form of original music.

COOKED: Survival by Zip Code

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COOKED: Survival by Zip Code

2018 Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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This searing yet quirky film investigates the “natural” disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the “unnatural” ones we’re not. Adapted from Eric…

Crannog

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Crannog

2018 Global Perspectives, Animal Rights, Animal Welfare

Alexis has a life-threatening disease. She spends her time in the wooded expanse of northern Scotland, where she takes care of dozens of others who are also sick, wounded, or dying.

The Dawn Wall

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The Dawn Wall

2017 Adventure

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In January 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. For Caldwell, this was much more than just a climb.

Dignity at a Monumental Scale

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Dignity at a Monumental Scale

2018 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Indigenous Voices

When images of everyday Navajo life began appearing at a monumental scale on abandoned buildings, roadside stands, and water towers across the Southwest, it was a surprise for many in the community to discover it was the work of Chip Thomas a.k.a. "Jetsonorama," a longtime resident known by many as a healer of another kind.

Dulce

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Dulce

2018 Global Perspectives

On Colombia's Pacific Coast, a mother teaches her daughter Dulce how to swim. It is an essential skill in this remote region, where livelihoods are made on the sea and where rising tides, made worse by climate change, have swept entire villages away in recent years.

Earthrise

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Earthrise

2018 Technology & Science

Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, this film celebrates the first image captured of the Earth from space, in 1968. The iconic image had a powerful impact on the astronauts and the world, offering a perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries.

Elephant Path – Njaia Njoku

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Elephant Path – Njaia Njoku

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

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An indelible tale of friendship and commitment set against the luminous beauty of the central African Rainforest. Together, an elephant behavioral biologist, Andrea Turkalo, and an indigenous tracker, Sessely Bernard, will be tested by the realities of war and the limits of hope for the majestic animals they have committed their lives to study and protect.

The Elephant's Song

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The Elephant's Song

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

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An old farm dog recounts the true tale of Old Bet, the elephant at the start of the American circus. This mournful, handcrafted film uses oil pastel as well as painterly clay-on-glass animation techniques.

Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators

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Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators

2019 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

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It’s the dawn of a new era in Yellowstone. The wolves have returned. The grizzly bear population is at an all-time high. And the mountain lions? They never left. The presence of these iconic predators touches every aspect of life in Yellowstone.

Field in Focus: Elephant Poaching

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Field in Focus: Elephant Poaching

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists are tracking Asian elephants in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region using GPS collars. Though they set out to understand how elephants use the land, their research has also revealed a troubling rise in poaching.

Field in Focus: Human-Elephant Conflict

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Field in Focus: Human-Elephant Conflict

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Humans and elephants are increasingly living in the same places, which can lead to significant challenges. Tracking technology may be able to provide solutions that allow for people and elephant to thrive with fewer conflicts.

Field in Focus: Predicting Pandemics

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Field in Focus: Predicting Pandemics

2019 Wildlife, Conservation, Public Health

Smithsonian researchers partner with experts in Myanmar studying human and animal health to find out what diseases are present in wildlife and whether they could pose a threat to humans.

Field in Focus: Tracking Elephants

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Field in Focus: Tracking Elephants

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Follow scientists as they track endangered elephants in Myanmar with GPS collars. The more they learn about how Asian elephants travel and move through the landscape, the better they can protect them.

The Fisherman and the Forest

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The Fisherman and the Forest

2018 Global Perspectives

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Oyster farmer Shigeatsu Hatakeyama is something of a maverick. He is a fisherman, author, university professor, and recipient of the U.N. Forest Hero Award. At…

Free Solo

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Free Solo

2018 Adventure

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The free soloist climber prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock -- the 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park -- without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb sets the ultimate standard: perfection or death.

Great Old Broads for Wolves

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Great Old Broads for Wolves

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Welcome to the Southwest, where the land is wild and the women…might be even wilder. Introducing the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and their fight…

Grit

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Grit

2018 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Public Health

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In 2006, international drilling company Lapindo carelessly unleashed an unstoppable toxic mudflow into East Java, burying dozens of nearby villages and displacing tens of thousands of Indonesians in the process.

Healing Baltimore’s Harbor: A Pipe Dream?

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Healing Baltimore’s Harbor: A Pipe Dream?

2018 Freshwater & Oceans

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Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a source of pride for city residents, but every year millions of gallons of sewage seep into waterways that drain to the harbor, threatening anyone who comes in contact with the water. Is the Inner Harbor salvageable? The short answer is yes -- but it is going to take a lot of work.

Herd Impact

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Herd Impact

2019 Food & Agriculture

A north Texas couple lets nature dictate how they graze their cattle. They are having tremendous success in regenerating their land and their lives.

Horse Rich and Dirt Poor

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Horse Rich and Dirt Poor

2019 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

Follows ecologist Charles Post on a mission across the American West to better understand how wild horses and burros are affecting native wildlife and vegetation communities on our public lands.

The Human Element

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The Human Element

2018 Climate Change, Arts and Environment

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Renowned photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements -- air, earth, fire, and water -- to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe.

The Incredible Oyster Reef

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The Incredible Oyster Reef

2017 Freshwater & Oceans

Most of us who love the Chesapeake Bay know that oysters once existed in storied numbers, long before poor water quality, disease, and harvesting nearly put an end to them.

Insect Guardian – Butterfly Paradise

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Insect Guardian – Butterfly Paradise

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Back in 1980, Willem bought a remote potato farm and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. He has worked the land with shovel and scythe for almost 40 years in order to preserve the butterflies.

Into the Canyon

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Into the Canyon

2019 Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

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In 2016 filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. More people have stood on the moon than have accomplished this task.

Journey of the Whooping Crane

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Journey of the Whooping Crane

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

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At five feet tall, and with a wingspan of over seven feet, the whooping crane has the distinction of being North America's tallest bird and, sadly, also one of its rarest.

Last Glimpse

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Last Glimpse

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Explores the island paradise of the Maldives -- the lowest lying nation in the world. Due to rising sea levels, this community and its culture are on the brink: "Modern Atlantis." And rather than offering another climate change tale of doom and gloom, the filmmakers celebrate the stories they find.

The Last Green Thread

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The Last Green Thread

2018 Wildlife, Development & Built Environment, Conservation

In 2018 three friends set out on an expedition into the most rapidly developing landscape in central Florida, traveling the narrowest and most imperiled wildlife corridor in the state.

LOBSTER WAR: The Fight Over the World's Richest Fishing Grounds

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LOBSTER WAR: The Fight Over the World's Richest Fishing Grounds

2018 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change

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The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area's previously modest lobster population has surged.

Losing Earth – From the Air

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Losing Earth – From the Air

2019 Climate Change

The decade from 1979 to 1989 critical for climate action. By the mid-1980s, the scientific community understood with unprecedented clarity that human activity was contributing…

Lost World

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Lost World

2018 Global Perspectives, Development & Built Environment

As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia's mangrove forests, the threat of erasure looms over an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman's relationship to her beloved home.

Love Flows

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Love Flows

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Once upon a time, massive fish migrations were observed yearly around the globe. Civilizations and wildlife revolved around these natural wonders and depended on them for survival.

Lowland Kids

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Lowland Kids

2019 Climate Change

As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that's been their family home for generations.

Manufactured Landscapes

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Manufactured Landscapes

2006 Global Perspectives, Arts and Environment

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Edward Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes” -- quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization's materials and debris, but in a way people describe as "stunning" or "beautiful," and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without offering easy answers.

Meow Wolf: Origin Story

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Meow Wolf: Origin Story

2018 Arts and Architecture

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One of the most unlikely success stories you’ll ever see takes us through the meteoric rise of a penniless, anarchic art collective as it morphs into a multi-million dollar corporation in just a few short years.

Mia and the White Lion

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Mia and the White Lion

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

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This is the heartfelt story of an extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a white lion, and her incredible journey across the South African Savanna to give her best friend a new home.

The Most Unknown

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The Most Unknown

2018 Technology & Science

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This epic documentary film sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know?

The New Way Forward: Wetlands

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The New Way Forward: Wetlands

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

California’s Chinook salmon population is crashing. Governmental agencies, environmentalists and others are scrambling to find answers to reverse this potentially catastrophic outcome. Meanwhile, there may be a solution just beyond the riverbank.

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

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Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

2018 Climate Change

They say that when you're hit by the polar bug, you never leave. Don't say we didn't warn you. Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. We went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.

Nuuca

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Nuuca

2017 Indigenous Voices

Over the last decade, an oil boom in North Dakota has seen the state’s population double, with primarily male workers flocking to the region. With this dramatic increase has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sexual violence.

On the Waterfront With Arthur Cotton Moore

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On the Waterfront With Arthur Cotton Moore

2019 Local, Freshwater & Oceans

This film centers on the development of the Georgetown Waterfront National Harbor and its architect, Arthur Cotton Moore. It touches on a variety of environmental approaches to waterfront development in the District of Columbia.

Our Planet

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Our Planet

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

World-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough will serve as the voice of upcoming Netflix original documentary series Our Planet, which will premiere on Netflix on 5th…

Parrots in Peril: Miami’s Wild Macaws

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Parrots in Peril: Miami’s Wild Macaws

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

Parrot lover and conservationist Daria Feinstein is on a mission to protect one of Miami’s most spectacular wild residents: the blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna)

The Passage

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The Passage

2018 Adventure

“In 1974,” the filmmaker recalls, “My 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage.”

Peat, Palm, Haze

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Peat, Palm, Haze

2018 Global Perspectives

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The burning of the peat forests throughout tropical Southeast Asia creates significant haze pollution that poses significant challenges to human health and the economies of the region.

Permafrost Now

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Permafrost Now

2018 Climate Change, Technology & Science

In vast swaths of polar tundra across the globe, permafrost acts as a giant container for carbon dioxide, locking it inside the Earth's surface and keeping it out of our atmosphere. But only when it's frozen.

The Plow That Broke the Plains

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The Plow That Broke the Plains

1936 Food & Agriculture

This classic film about the Dust Bowl has been one of the most widely praised and studied documentaries to be produced in America. Its masterful use of music and edited images were to influence a generation of filmmakers.

Poachers and Protectors: The Story of Scarlet Macaws in Honduras

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Poachers and Protectors: The Story of Scarlet Macaws in Honduras

2018 Global Perspectives

In the dangerous La Moskitia region of Honduras, poachers seek out the chicks and eggs of wild scarlet macaws. Their goal: sell them in the lucrative illegal pet trade.

Refuge

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Refuge

2018 Parks and Protected Areas, Arts and Environment, Indigenous Voices, Land Rights, Conservation

Presents the astonishing beauty of Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge and introduces two unique artists who have drawn inspiration from this magnificent place. Fawn Douglas…

Return of the Desert Bighorn

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Return of the Desert Bighorn

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

After the 1960s, when all native desert bighorn sheep were eliminated from Texas, conservationists began the long fight for their return.

Revolution

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Revolution

2007 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

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Continuing his adventurous journey around the world, filmmaker Rob Stewart brings us a full-length feature film that is inspiring humanity to change the world and save our planet.

The River

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The River

1937 Freshwater & Oceans

The River is Pare Lorentz’ monumental documentary about the exploitation and misuse of one of our greatest natural resources - the Mississippi River.

The River and the Wall

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The River and the Wall

2019 Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

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Realizing the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms, five friends set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment. As the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face to face with the human side of the immigration debate.

Rock-Paper-Fish

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Rock-Paper-Fish

2019 Freshwater & Oceans