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(86 mins, Canada)
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.
(99 mins, Japan)
He lies among the shrubs and trees in his garden and observes the scurrying ants. This 94-year-old bearded man is Morikazu Kumagai, a.k.a. Mori, and he is a painter. For the last 30 years he's hardly left his property. When some developers decide to build a condominium next door that would block his sunlight, Mori decides to take action.
(76 mins, United States)
Mossville, Louisiana, is a shadow of its former self -- a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people and free people of color -- where neighbors lived in harmony, insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow.
(9 mins, United States)
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.
(14 mins, United States)
Chumchum moves to mobilise the women in her area to ensure that together their voice is heard; despite resistance from the men in their community, they continue to oppose the corporation that threatens to snatch away their sovereignty and way of life.
(82 mins, Mozambique)
In Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, a brave team of rangers protects this beautiful wilderness from a range of threats, including bushmeat hunting and illegal logging. But Gorongosa is a million acres -- the Rangers urgently need reinforcements.
(15 mins, Bhutan)
It was an age-old custom in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to keep the doors open, only closing it before bed. If doors were closed during the day, neighbors would become anxious. This short film follows the life of a girl, Pema, from infancy to adulthood, spanning over half a century.
(30 mins, United States)
High school students from villages throughout Alaska spent a semester learning how to make documentaries about the importance of place and their connection to home. They took cameras home for the summer and produced this collection of short films.
(22 mins, United States)
The locals in Punta Gorda, a small remote town in southern Belize, remember a time without electricity, roads, and plastics. Amidst the influx of single-use plastics, an activist and his neighbors confront the threat to their piece of paradise.
(20 mins, United States)
An unlikely environmentalist, Bryan Wells finds himself standing between Yellowstone National Park and an industrial-scale gold mine. The proposed mine would sit just above his home, and it threatens not only America's most iconic national park but also his community's way of life.
(78 mins, United States)
Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future -- and the explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement -- this film captures what's at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.
(58 mins, United States)
In the vast Pinelands National Reserve of southern New Jersey, powerful vehicles topple protected sand dunes and drive circles through ancient ponds. “Off-roading” has grown more popular in the reserve, especially now that smartphones can help anyone navigate the winding trails of the deep forest.
(102 mins, United States, Hong Kong, United Kingdom)
In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and eventually consumed by us.
(10 mins, Mexico)
As addiction to the opioid fentanyl surges in the U.S. causing an unprecedented number of overdoses, violence spikes in the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico. Fentanyl is cheaper and more potent, which has slashed natural opium prices, leaving the indigenous poppy farmers in Guerrero left with few options for survival.
(39 mins, United States)
This film was intended to encourage farmers to form their own electrical cooperatives with the help of the Rural Electrification Administration. However, famed Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens transcended this original purpose by also presenting a timeless portrait of American farm life, rich in pastoral beauty.
(47 mins, United States)
The Galápagos Islands are simply legendary, home to a collection of strange, beautiful, and wild creatures that you can’t find anywhere else on the planet. While these islands have been well studied, there is a whole other world underwater, a shark-filled paradise that Charles Darwin never saw. In 2015 National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, an international collection of marine scientists and filmmakers, got an opportunity to explore the islands like never before. Led by Dr. Enric Sala, they dive in a marvelous subaquatic world, filled with sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas…and massive schools of hammerhead sharks. And they’ll deploy a manned submarine to explore over a thousand feet below the surface, to areas few, if any, have ever seen. But the waters around the Galapagos are not immune to pressures from the outside world. Overfishing, climate change, and warming events like El Niño are threatening this pristine ecosystem. Take an adventure with the Pristine Seas team, as they explore one of the most exciting, complex, and unique places on our planet, in an effort to help protect it…before it’s too late.