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Featured Film Ani Wa Sa (We Are One)

Two brothers who come from a line of central African Zande hunters seek to protect their local forest from seemingly opposing avenues: one through family tradition and the other as part of a national park ranger team. Though their relationship has fractured, an advancing rebel group seeking to poach and traffic elephant ivory poses a mutual threat and the brothers may need each other to protect the people and wildlife of their homeland for generations to come.

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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.

50 Days to Save the African Rhino

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50 Days to Save the African Rhino

2014 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

  Rhino poaching is not a local problem anymore; it is a global issue. Five young people from around the world come to South Africa…

50 Years of Farming: For Love & Vegetables

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50 Years of Farming: For Love & Vegetables

2014 Local, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Organic farmers in Tysons Corner, Va. reflect on a half-century of sustainable and community-focused agriculture. Directed by Aditi Desai. Executive produced by AU’s Center for…

80° North

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80° North

2020 Climate Change

A group of international artists explore the Arctic island chain of Svalbard. Set against dramatic natural backdrops, the artists share their hopes, fears, and insights on encountering an environment undergoing radical change.

A $73 Million Dollar Industry

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A $73 Million Dollar Industry

2015 Freshwater & Oceans

Pollution from fossil fuel emissions may be killing a $73 million dollar industry. The West coast oyster industry provides more than 3,000 jobs and has a total annual…

A Living River

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A Living River

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

The Hudson River Valley has been called America's Serengeti, for the abundance of wildlife in what many wrongly consider to be a "dead" river.

A Reindeer’s Journey

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A Reindeer’s Journey

2018 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

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Meet Ailo, a newborn reindeer who embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother. Narrated by Donald Sutherland and set against the frozen majesty of northern Finland, this an uplifting story for the whole family.

A Voice for the Rivers: The Riverkeepers of Maryland's Eastern Shore

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A Voice for the Rivers: The Riverkeepers of Maryland's Eastern Shore

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Professional and citizen river keepers monitor and protect the rivers of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The film is a tribute to the beauty of our rivers and to the individuals dedicated to protecting and preserving these living treasures.

A Walk Through The Land of a Thousand Hills

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A Walk Through The Land of a Thousand Hills

2019 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

Claver Ntoyinkima, a native park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as he guides us through the forest.

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.

Above All Else

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Above All Else

2014 Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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In Above All Else, one man risks his family and future to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land.…

Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

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Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

2009 Freshwater & Oceans

The critical but largely unknown problem of ocean acidification poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet.…

Add One Back

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Add One Back

2014 Local, Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

The story of why one vegetarian decides to add aquaculture oysters to his diet. The foundation of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, oyster populations total less…

After the Spill

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After the Spill

2015 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

On Earth Day 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, flooding the Gulf of Mexico with crude oil and devastating the coastline. Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster returns to the shores of Louisiana five years after the disaster, interviewing a rich cross-section of local denizens – fishermen, scientists, politicians, environmentalists, and oil-rig workers – to uncover the enduring impact of the catastrophe in a dogged investigation narrated by actress Melissa Leo. Has the Louisiana coastline been tainted forever? Will its economy and its ecosystem ever recover?

The Age of Consequences

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The Age of Consequences

2016 Climate Change, Energy & Resources

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The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through…

Albatross

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Albatross

2018 Climate Change, History

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Albatross is a compelling visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands…

Ama-San

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Ama-San

2016 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Indigenous Voices

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For over 2000 years the Ama-San dived in Japan. In Wagu, a fishing village in the Ise Peninsula, Matsumi, and Masumi dive every day not…

Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace

2012 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

Winner, Eric Moe Sustainability Award Offering a brief window into one man’s journey and his deep-seated love for the forests that are rapidly decreasing around…

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 American Ascent

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An American Ascent

2015 Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Parks and Protected Areas

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As the United States transitions to a “minority majority” nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America’s wild places. Nine…

An Island Out of Time

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An Island Out of Time

2018 Local, Freshwater & Oceans

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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 Anacostia River: Making Connections

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The Anacostia River: Making Connections

2014 Local, Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

For decades, heavy industrial pollution has infiltrated the waters of the Anacostia River, which cuts right through the heart of Washington, D.C. A broad coalition…

Anbessa

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Anbessa

2019 Global Perspectives, Development & Built Environment

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A young boy displaced by a massive condominium complex creates his own reality in which, as a lion (anbessa), he can face the forces beyond his control.

Ani Wa Sa (We Are One)

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Ani Wa Sa (We Are One)

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

Two brothers who come from a line of Zande hunters pursue protecting their forest from diametrically opposed avenues.

The Animated Life Of A.R Wallace

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The Animated Life Of A.R Wallace

2013 Wildlife

The life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited with Charles Darwin for the theory of natural selection, is celebrated in this paper-puppet animation. Directed…

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.

Aristolochias of Haiti

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Aristolochias of Haiti

2018 Conservation

  Eladio Fernandez, Dominican conservation photographer from the iLCP, takes us to Haiti on an expedition to find a new species of Aristolochia (pipe vine)…

Artifishal

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Artifishal

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Focusing on people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them, Artifishal explores wild salmon's slide towards extinction, threats posed by hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

Atlantic

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Atlantic

2016 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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At three different corners of the Atlantic, fishing communities in Ireland, Norway, and Newfoundland ­share social, economic and environmental problems stemming from human interactions with…

Atlantic Salmon: Lost At Sea

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Atlantic Salmon: Lost At Sea

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Conservation

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Narrated by Gabriel Byrne, Lost at Sea takes the viewer on an epic journey through the oceanic kingdom of the Atlantic Salmon – king of…

Atomic Homefront

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Atomic Homefront

2017 Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Atomic Homefront shines an urgent and devastating light on the lasting toxic effects that nuclear waste can have on communities. Focusing on a group of…

Avanyu: Protecting the Rio Grande

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Avanyu: Protecting the Rio Grande

2017 Freshwater & Oceans

The Wild & Scenic Rio Grande River in Northern New Mexico flows south through the heart of the state. For Louie Hena of the Tesuque…

Balancing Act in America’s Playground

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Balancing Act in America’s Playground

2014 Energy & Resources

The George W. Bush administration proposed oil and gas drilling close to prized national parks near Moab, Utah. The Obama administration has responded with reforms…

The Ballad of Holland Island House

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The Ballad of Holland Island House

2015

The true story of the last house on a Chesapeake Bay island slowly sinking into the rising seas comes to life through fluidly transforming animated clay-on-glass paintings. The…

BearTrek

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BearTrek

2016 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Wildlife, Animal Rights, Conservation

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BearTrek is a conservation story wrapped in an adventure. Follow adventurer and renowned biologist Chris Morgan on an epic and entertaining journey to find the…

Beautiful Swimmers Revisited

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Beautiful Swimmers Revisited

2016 Local, Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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In 1976, William W. Warner’s Pulitzer-winning Beautiful Swimmers delighted readers everywhere with its tales of Callinectes sapidus, or the Atlantic blue crab, and the Chesapeake…

Behind the Seen

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Behind the Seen

2013 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

We may want to act for the better, but cultures imbued with consumerism hamper change. Matt Rott escaped to a small Pacific Island to overcome…

Bhutan: Land of the Black Necked Crane

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Bhutan: Land of the Black Necked Crane

2011 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Embark on an exotic journey to the small Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan high in the Himalayan Mountains. See how a benevolent king promotes Gross Domestic…

The Big Fix

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The Big Fix

2011 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Examining the causes andconsequences of the catastrophic 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, this deeply personal documentary investigates the corporate negligence and political corruption…

The Bird Ranger

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The Bird Ranger

2015 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Parks and Protected Areas

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The “bird rangers” of the Boschplaat Nature Reserve on the northern Dutch island of Terschelling, have always done much more than guard the wetlands. They’re…

Birders: The Central Park Effect

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Birders: The Central Park Effect

2013 Local, Wildlife

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Birders: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful New Yorkers…

Black Ice

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Black Ice

2014 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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When the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, sailed to protest the first oil platform to drill in the Arctic Ocean, no one could predict what happened…

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

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Blue

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Conservation

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Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.…

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…

The Botanist

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The Botanist

2017 Energy & Resources, Technology & Science, History

Finalist: Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability After the fall of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, plunged into a…

Boy-zshan Bi-den (Buffalo Return)

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Boy-zshan Bi-den (Buffalo Return)

2017 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas

Bison were nearly exterminated across North America. Thanks to the Shoshone tribe, the National Wildlife Federation and the coordinated efforts of a host of other…

Bringing Back the Brooks: Reviving the South’s Trout

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Bringing Back the Brooks: Reviving the South’s Trout

2015 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife

  A poetic look at a forgotten native of Appalachia, the Southern Appalachian brook trout, which is being brought back from the brink… by hand,…

Broken Landscape: Confronting India’s Water-Energy Choke Point

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Broken Landscape: Confronting India’s Water-Energy Choke Point

2014 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Energy & Resources

In the resource-rich Indian state of Meghalaya, unregulated coal mines poison natural systems that once sustained decent livelihoods, adequate food and potable water. Broken Landscape…

Burning the Future: Coal in America

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Burning the Future: Coal in America

2011 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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The explosive conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia is examined in this film. Confronted by emerging “clean coal” energy policies, local…

Cane Toads: The Conquest

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Cane Toads: The Conquest

2010 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Shot against the harsh and beautiful landscape of northern Australia, this is a comic account of Australia’s most notorious environmental blunder, the introduction of cane…

Canis Lupus Colorado

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Canis Lupus Colorado

2017 Wildlife, History, Conservation

Ghosts are stirring in Colorado’s high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals – the…

Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle

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Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle

2011 Local, Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

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  In 2001 a major wind farm was proposed for the middle of Nantucket Sound, fabled playground for America’s rich and famous. Dubbed “Cape Wind,”…

The Capital Buzz

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The Capital Buzz

2011 Local, Sustainable Living

Out of sight of local authorities and neighbors, amateur beekeepers are setting out to propagate bees all across Washington, DC. From rooftops to enclosed porches,…

Carbon for Water

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Carbon for Water

2011 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

  In Kenya, water insecurity is a life-threatening reality, and the population is expected to leap from 40 million to 60 million in the next…

Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale

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Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale

2013 Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Energy & Resources

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Since it was accidentally released into the Mississippi River 30 years ago, a relentless aquatic invader —the Asian Carp—has been heading north. Famous for their…

Catch It

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Catch It

2013 Freshwater & Oceans

Leá Brassy greets Europe’s oceans and mountains during her no-frills, nomadic travels. Whether it’s paddling hard for a wave, or chasing after a passion –…

Catching the Sun

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Catching the Sun

2015 Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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As the global race to lead the clean energy future kicks into full gear, an unlikely ensemble of characters in the US and China make…

Chandani: Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer

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Chandani: Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer

2010 Global Perspectives

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The profession of mahout (elephant whisperer) in Sri Lanka has traditionally been reserved for men. When young Chandani becomes determined to follow in her father’s…

Charlie’s Country

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Charlie’s Country

2014 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

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  Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its…

Chasing Coral

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Chasing Coral

2017 Freshwater & Oceans

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, the film took more than three years to shoot, and it´s the result of 500+ hours underwater, submission of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, and support from more than 500 people from all over the world. The film won an Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival.

Chasing Ghosts

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Chasing Ghosts

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces.

China: Searching for Sacred Mountain

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China: Searching for Sacred Mountain

2014 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Part of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Series: Can Religion Save the Environment?

The Chocolate Farmer

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The Chocolate Farmer

2010 Global Perspectives, Latin American Program, Sustainable Living

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In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as…

The Church Forests of Ethiopia

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The Church Forests of Ethiopia

2020 Global Perspectives, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

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Tells the story of the country's church forests -- pockets of lush biodiversity that are protected by hundreds of churches “scattered like emerald pearls across the brown sea of farm fields.”

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…

Circle of Poison

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Circle of Poison

2015 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Pro-business loopholes allow the American chemical industry to export pesticides to other countries even after they’d been federally banned for their harmful effects. On top…

City Made From the Sky

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City Made From the Sky

2011 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

The groundbreaking architect, Lee Kuan Yew, narrates Singapore’s audacious attempt to recreate nature and clean the city’s drinking water, rivers and marina. A combination of…

City of Trees

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City of Trees

2015 Local, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Parks and Protected Areas

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At the height of the recession, a DC nonprofit struggles to implement an ambitious “green jobs” program that hires 150 unemployed residents to plant trees…

City on the Water

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City on the Water

2017 Freshwater & Oceans

With 520-miles of waterfront and four-out-of-five boroughs islands, New York City is truly a water city. From Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek to Queens’ Flush Meadow, waterways…

A Climate for Conflict

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A Climate for Conflict

2017 Global Perspectives, Climate Change

A Climate for Conflict investigates how climate change is a catalyst for conflict and will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and migration.…

Climate Refugees

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Climate Refugees

2010 Climate Change

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There is a new phenomenon in the global arena called the climate refugee. A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters.…

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…

Colors of Change

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Colors of Change

2018 Climate Change, Arts and Environment

Experience Greenland through the eyes of Artist Zaria Forman, Nasa scientist, John Sonntag and Inuit Elder Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq “Uncle.” Zaria travels to Greenland for inspiration…

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.

Constant Thought

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Constant Thought

2019 Adventure

When the traditional methods of coping with trauma don't work, what options do you have left? Brandon Kuehn, an Iraq War veteran, believes the best way to face a range of trauma is to reach for literal physical summits -- and he isn't alone.

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…

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

2014 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Animal agriculture is responsible for emitting more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry and causes unfathomable destruction of natural resources and habitats. Yet it flourishes,…

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.

Cries of Our Ancestors

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Cries of Our Ancestors

2020 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

In the highlands of Guinea, people and chimpanzees live peacefully side by side. Myths and stories -- and a mutual respect for one another -- have preserved this relationship for generations.

The Culture of Collards

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The Culture of Collards

2016 Local, Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

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Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they hold a vital place in African-American…

Damnation

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Damnation

2014 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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  Winner, 2014 Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy Watch dam opponents as they dangle hundreds of feet in the air while painting signs of protest…

A Dangerous Game

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A Dangerous Game

2014 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Our ability to protect what’s left of our vanishing and fragile world is threatened when rapacious developers build golf courses on fragile and historically significant…

Dark Side of the Chew

Dark Side of the Chew

2014 Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Chewing gum might seem like an innocuous treat, but the moment its chemicals get digested by our bodies, or flattened onto city sidewalks, or dissolved…

Dark Waters

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Dark Waters

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Public Health

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An attorney risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.

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.

Dear President Obama

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Dear President Obama

2016 Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

All across America, citizens suffer the manifold consequences of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, from the health threats of contamination to the false promise…

Death By Design

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Death By Design

2016 Energy & Resources, Technology & Science

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Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley. This is a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies and the tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Death of a Species

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Death of a Species

2020 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

Snails in Hawaii are disappearing at a faster rate than any other animal on the planet. Meet the scientists fighting for their survival.

A Deeper Creek: the Watchable Waters of Appalachia

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A Deeper Creek: the Watchable Waters of Appalachia

2014 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife

A virtual dive into into some of North America’s richest rivers, and a fun look at an innovative river snorkeling program that has brought thousands…

Desert X

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Desert X

2018 Arts and Environment

Taking the vast, strange and often contradictory desert landscape as its canvas, the inaugural Desert X, curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield, explored the familiar…

Detroit Hives

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Detroit Hives

2019 Sustainable Living, Development & Built Environment, Food & Agriculture

Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple who run an urban bee farm in East Detroit to create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity.

The Devil We Know

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The Devil We Know

2018 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Public Health

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Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical - now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans - into the drinking water supply.

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.

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

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Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

2017 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Adventure

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Hailed as one of the most influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag”–one who abandons societal norms and material comforts…

Dispatches from the Gulf 3: Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Dispatches from the Gulf 3: Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

2020 Freshwater & Oceans

Has the Gulf of Mexico recovered from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

The Dog Doc

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The Dog Doc

2019 Technology & Science, Animal Welfare

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Attracting four-legged patients from around the world, Dr. Goldstein's practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, provides holistic treatment for animals after other vets have given up hope.

The Dog

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The Dog

2015 Technology & Science

When Sony stopped manufacturing replacement parts for its Aibo pet robot, owners scrambled to save the robot-dogs that had become part of their families. Directed…

The Dolphins of Barataria Bay

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The Dolphins of Barataria Bay

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

The salt marshes and mangroves of Louisiana's Barataria Bay are fertile nesting grounds and nurseries for birds and fish. Despite being hit hard by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout, these waters teem with hundreds of species of marine animals.

Dude, Where’s My Carbon?

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Dude, Where’s My Carbon?

2014

  American University’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2020 is an ambitious one. Is it possible to achieve? Part of AU’s commitment to carbon…

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.

Dying Green

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Dying Green

2011 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, this film explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the town’s…

The Eagle Huntress

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The Eagle Huntress

2016 Indigenous Voices, Animal Rights

Among the isolated Kazakh tribe in the mountains of northwest Mongolia, the long tradition of eagle hunting has only been practiced by men. This documentary…

EarthEcho Expeditions: Beyond The Dead Zone

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EarthEcho Expeditions: Beyond The Dead Zone

2015 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Energy & Resources

Part of the Water and Oil Shorts Program

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.

Ecosystems, War and Climate Change

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Ecosystems, War and Climate Change

2015 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Four scientists describe the impact of climate change on wildlife and fragile ecosystems, and underline the destructive role of warfare in undermining our capacity to…

Environmental Pathways to Peace Building

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Environmental Pathways to Peace Building

2015 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Building peace parks, sharing common ecosystem needs, such as access to scarce potable water, and providing children and adults with first-hand experience of nature, are…

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.

Expedition Blue Planet – Age of Limits: 21st Century Water Management

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Expedition Blue Planet – Age of Limits: 21st Century Water Management

2011 Freshwater & Oceans

  Hoover Dam is the heart of the American west’s water supply, a powerhouse for irrigation and farming in the region. But today a combination…

Expedition Blue Planet – Anacostia River: In the Shadow of the Capitol

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Expedition Blue Planet – Anacostia River: In the Shadow of the Capitol

2011 Local, Freshwater & Oceans

Our nation’s capital casts a long shadow. Just a few miles from the Mall – famous for the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument…

Expedition Blue Planet – Death of a River: The Colorado River Delta

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Expedition Blue Planet – Death of a River: The Colorado River Delta

2011 Freshwater & Oceans

In August of 2010, Alexandra Cousteau’s Expedition Blue Planet crossed over the Arizona/Mexican border to follow the Colorado’s dry riverbed to its historic mouth in the…

Expedition Blue Planet – Headwaters: Shaped by Demand

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Expedition Blue Planet – Headwaters: Shaped by Demand

2010 Freshwater & Oceans

In July 2010, Expedition Blue Planet explored the headwaters of the Colorado River to investigate how this mighty river is overallocated from the moment its…

Exploring Bloody Bay Wall

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Exploring Bloody Bay Wall

2012 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

A highly acclaimed dive spot, Bloody Bay Wall sits at the top of a 5,000-foot underwater cliff off Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean Sea.…

Extreme Realities

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Extreme Realities

2014 Climate Change

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  Narrated and hosted by Matt Damon, the 13th episode of “Journey to Planet Earth” investigates one of the most critical issues of our time:…

Fantastic Fungi

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Fantastic Fungi

2019 Technology & Science, Public Health, Food & Agriculture

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This consciousness-shifting film takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, which houses an underground network that can heal and save our planet.

Farming for the Future

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Farming for the Future

2013 Local, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

Cliff Miller of Mount Vernon Farm in the Virginia Piedmont is trying innovative management techniques to sustain his farm for future generations. Cliff’s story is…

A Fence and an Owner

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A Fence and an Owner

2017 Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

At the Ranney Ranch in arid Corona, New Mexico, Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing is restoring soils and benefiting the environment – and was implemented during…

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.

Fight for Areng Valley

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Fight for Areng Valley

2014 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

This film looks into a remote valley in Cambodia, where a group of young monks join the Chong people in a fight to protect their…

FINconceivable

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FINconceivable

2014 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife

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Part of the DC Public Library Shorts Program

Find Yourself In Rock Creek Park

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Find Yourself In Rock Creek Park

2015

Rock Creek Park is an 1,800-acre oasis in the middle of the crowded Washington, D.C. metro region. For some visitors, it’s a place to gather…

Fire Chasers (Episode 1 & 2)

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Fire Chasers (Episode 1 & 2)

2017 Climate Change

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Fire Chasers plunges daringly and intimately into the world of wildfires. From the vast visual ferocity and the global ramifications, to the earnest and emotional…

Fish Story

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Fish Story

2017 Freshwater & Oceans

Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon’s grandmother was invited to a gathering on the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fish surnames.…

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…

Fly By Light

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Fly By Light

2015 Local, Sustainable Living, Arts and Environment

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A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For…

Food for Thought, Food for Life

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Food for Thought, Food for Life

2015 Sustainable Living

Industrial agriculture takes a toll on both the health of our environment and the quality of our food. This film surveys problems with today’s agribusiness world, voicing…

For All the Marbles

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For All the Marbles

2015 Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Faced with the most urgent issue of our generation — climate change — a Salt Lake City carpenter decides to run for Congress. This film…

Forging a New Ethic

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Forging a New Ethic

2015 Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

“What we need is a new ethic in which every person changes lifestyle, attitude, and behavior.” – Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Program. Directed…

Fort Ord: A Sense of Place

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Fort Ord: A Sense of Place

2016 Global Perspectives, History

Fort Ord: A Sense of Place is a thought-provoking compilation of new student documentary and experimental shorts, centering on the ecology, community, and history of…

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America!

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America!

2014 Local, Sustainable Living

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To the pioneering and preeminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, a park was both art and an urban necessity. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created…

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.

The Frog Photographer

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The Frog Photographer

2014 Global Perspectives, Latin American Program, Wildlife

Part of the Living Wild Shorts Program

From the Ashes

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From the Ashes

2017 Local, Global Perspectives, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what  its  future  should  be…

The Game Changers

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The Game Changers

2018 Global Perspectives, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Food & Agriculture

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The world of an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor is turned upside down when a group of world-renowned athletes and scientists demonstrate that most of what he had been taught about protein was a lie.

Gardeners of Eden

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Gardeners of Eden

2014 Global Perspectives, Wildlife

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Africa’s elephants are hurtling toward extinction as fuel for the worldwide ivory trade. While conservationists howl and corrupt governments fail to address the ongoing slaughter,…

Gasland

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Gasland

2010 Climate Change, Energy & Resources

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Filmmaker Josh Fox grew up in the verdant woods of the Delaware River valley. In 2009, he learned his land was on top of the…

Generation Green New Deal

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Generation Green New Deal

2020 Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Amidst fierce opposition, a youth-led movement fights to tackle the climate crisis and economic inequality.

Givers and Takers

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Givers and Takers

2017

Farmer Don Jackson in Ware Shoals, South Carolina changed his grazing methods from continuous grazing to AMP (Adaptive Multi-Paddock) grazing in 2015. This film captures…

Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys

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Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys

2017 Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Development & Built Environment, Conservation

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Gladesmen is a feature-length documentary about the government’s ban on Florida’s iconic airboats in much of the Everglades. The measure is part of the world’s…

Glen Canyon Rediscovered

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Glen Canyon Rediscovered

2018 Climate Change, Conservation, Adventure

Glen Canyon Rediscovered chronicles a 350-mile, sea-kayak-based journey to the remote and lost wonders of Glen Canyon, the “place no one knew.” As a result…

God Grew Tired of Us

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God Grew Tired of Us

2006 Global Perspectives

Orphaned by a tumultuous civil war and traveling barefoot across the sub-Saharan desert, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor were among the…

Golden

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Golden

2018 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

Peering out her tall bedroom windows at the highway below, Caitlin Davis dreamed of life as an ecologist. When she saw mountains for the first time on a backpacking trip after college, her fate was sealed.

The Golden Lion Tamarins of Poco Das Antas

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The Golden Lion Tamarins of Poco Das Antas

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

The golden lion tamarin becomes a beacon of hope for the Atlantic Forest habitat in Brazil, as conservationists continue a more than 30-year effort to save the species by connecting its fragmented habitat with a wildlife bridge.

Pacha Kuti: The Golden Path

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Pacha Kuti: The Golden Path

2020 Sustainable Living, Parks and Protected Areas, Indigenous Voices, Conservation

When Arnold returns to his native community in the Peruvian Amazon after living in the urban world, he remembers the stories told to him by his grandfather and the great importance of maintaining balance with the jungle.

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…

Green Gold?

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Green Gold?

2020 Global Perspectives, Food & Agriculture

As the global demand for the super food avocados has soared, Chile has become the world's third-largest exporter of avocados.

Green Roofs: Riversmart Rooftops

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Green Roofs: Riversmart Rooftops

2015 Local, Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

Part of the Riversmart DC: Clean Water and Sustainable Communities Short Program

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.

The Heartbeat

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The Heartbeat

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

In Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, salmon is culturally and economically significant. The Heartbeat tells the story of how the landscape is connected to salmon and salmon connected to people. Produced by Smithsonian Global.

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.

The Hidden Kingdoms of China

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The Hidden Kingdoms of China

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

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China is the world’s most populated country with more than 1.4 billion people inhabiting its vast and extreme wild lands alongside creatures seen nowhere else in the world. Some of its secrets are still undiscovered…until now.

Homecoming: Journey to Limuw

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Homecoming: Journey to Limuw

2020 Indigenous Voices

Each year the Chumash people take an annual journey back to their historical village site on Limuw, now present day Santa Cruz Island.

Honeyland

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Honeyland

2019 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

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The last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city -- a mere four hours' walk away.

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.

Hot Grease

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Hot Grease

2017 Energy & Resources

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Set in Houston, Texas, the energy capital of the world, HOT GREASE is the surprising story of how kitchen grease is opening a new green energy frontier.…

The Hottest August

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The Hottest August

2019 Climate Change, Development & Built Environment

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The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster

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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster

2010 Sustainable Living

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Taking its name from a question that Buckminster Fuller asked the architect about his Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia in the United…

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.

Human Flow

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Human Flow

2017 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Migration

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More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines…

In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species’ Survival

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In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species’ Survival

2020 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

South America's Amazon rainforest is home to a remarkable diversity of animal and plant life. But record-breaking forest fires in 2019 and ongoing deforestation is putting many of the Amazon's original inhabitants at risk.

In Dry Water

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In Dry Water

2019 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change

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Adama and Adja have a problem on their hands. Their country, Senegal, is running out of fish. As foreign trawlers and climate change cripple their stocks, the friends face a choice: Stay or follow the same trail as the fish.

In Pursuit of Silence

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In Pursuit of Silence

2015 Development & Built Environment

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In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. Beginning…

In Search of the Adelie Penguin

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In Search of the Adelie Penguin

2018 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Wildlife

Environmentalist Maggie Dewane traveled to Antarctica in March 2017 to learn about climate change. This film is a culmination of her observations and interviews, which tell the story of climate change from the perspective of one of the world's most iconic birds: the penguin.

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.

Indigenous Communities Under Siege in Rondon’s Land

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Indigenous Communities Under Siege in Rondon’s Land

2020 Global Perspectives, Parks and Protected Areas

In Rondônia, Brazil, theft of wood, land grabbing in protected areas, and threats to Indigenous leaderships are commonplace. The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous territory is under constant…

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

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INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

2015 Sustainable Living

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Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions. We hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and reduce our impact. But…

Inland Sea (Minatomachi)

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Inland Sea (Minatomachi)

2018 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

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In Ushimado, a small village in Seto Inland Sea, Japan, Wai-chan, at the age of 86, still fishes alone on a small boat to make his living, dreaming about retirement.

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 Amazon

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Into the Amazon

2017 History, Adventure

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Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of…

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.

Inventing Tomorrow

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Inventing Tomorrow

2018 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Education

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Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats found right in their own backyards while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Invisible Ocean: Plankton and Plastic

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Invisible Ocean: Plankton and Plastic

2014 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Wildlife

Part of the Women and Water: A World Water Day Celebration/Global Issues

Isla de Plastico (Plastic Island)

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Isla de Plastico (Plastic Island)

2019 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Latin American Program

Exposes the reality of garbage, plastic, and pollution in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Jane

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Jane

2017 Wildlife, History, Conservation

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Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated director Brett Morgen uses a trove of never-before-seen 16 mm footage unearthed after 50 years from the National Geographic archives to shed…

Jane Goodall: The Hope

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Jane Goodall: The Hope

2020 Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

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Jane Goodall: The Hope celebrates the vast legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall’s four decades of advocacy work for chimpanzees and depicts the next chapter for generations to come.

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.

Jumbo Wild

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Jumbo Wild

2015 Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Parks and Protected Areas

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British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley is at the center of a complex multi-decade fight: developer Oberto Oberti plans to build a massive resort in a section of the Purcell Range…

Kedi

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Kedi

2016 Animal Rights

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Kedi is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. Kedi is a film about the hundreds…

Kumik and the Glacier

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Kumik and the Glacier

2020 Global Perspectives, Climate Change

Meme Falchung, the oldest person in Kumik (a hillside community in northwest India), has watched through the years as the glacier above his village melts away.

La Cumbre

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La Cumbre

2017 Development & Built Environment, Public Health

La Cumbre unveils the reality of what it means to live as an amputee in the developing world. In partnership with the Range of Motion…

The Last Animals

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The Last Animals

2017 Wildlife, Conservation

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Presented by the Reva and David Logan Foundation. The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths…

Last Call For The Bayou

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Last Call For The Bayou

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

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Louisiana's Delta is a veritable bounty of rich estuarine life, supporting a robust commercial fishing industry, fertile oil fields, millions of migrating waterfowl, and at the heart of it all, the mighty Mississippi.

The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia's Hellbenders

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The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia's Hellbenders

2014 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife

An intimate glimpse at North America’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much as myth as in reality… and in many waters, myths…

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.

The Last Mountain

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The Last Mountain

2011 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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The fight for the last great mountain in America’s Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant, Massey Energy, which wants to explode the mountain to extract…

Last Wild Places: American Prairie Reserve

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Last Wild Places: American Prairie Reserve

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

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The American Prairie Reserve is assembling land in northern Montana, with the goal of creating a seamless 3.5 million acre grassland habitat. When they reintroduce bison to the landscape, both the ecosystem and local people benefit.

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa

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Last Wild Places: Gorongosa

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts.

Last Wild Places: Majete

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Last Wild Places: Majete

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

When Tizola Moyo started as a ranger in 1993, Majete Wildlife Reserve was devoid of any wildlife. Now, with the help of the park’s rangers and community collaboration, it's flourishing.

Laws of the Lizard

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Laws of the Lizard

2017 Adventure

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When scientists ask big questions about the rules of nature, they often seek out unlikely creatures – lizards called anoles – to find the answers.…

Leche y Miel (Milk and Honey)

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Leche y Miel (Milk and Honey)

2016 Global Perspectives, Indigenous Voices

For the people who work the fields in Yuma, Arizona, the Colorado River represents not only their livelihood, but a deep, spiritual connection as well.…

LIGO

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LIGO

2019 Technology & Science

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The thrilling inside story of National Geographic's top "Discovery of the Decade," the discovery of gravitational waves from deep space, which opened up the 95% of the universe that has been dark to our existing observatories and space telescopes.

Lions of West Texas

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Lions of West Texas

2017 Wildlife, Conservation

Researchers capture a wild mountain lion to put a GPS collar on her in order to study mountain lion prey, home range size, and to…

The Little Things

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The Little Things

2014 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Marie-France Roy has used her influence as a top snowboard rider to take on another difficult challenge: advocating for the environment. Seeking to inspire others…

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.

The Lorax

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The Lorax

1972 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

A ruined industrialist tells his tale of his environmentally self-destructive greed despite the warnings of an old forest creature. Directed by Hawley Pratt.  

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…

The Lost City of Z

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The Lost City of Z

2017 Indigenous Voices, Development & Built Environment

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Winner of the 2017 William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award Based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name, The Lost City of Z is…

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 and Bananas

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Love and Bananas

2018 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Animal Rights

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Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers, led by world-renowned elephant conversationalist Lek Chailert, embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue…

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.

Mahakali

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Mahakali

2018 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Adventure

A group of Indian whitewater kayakers complete a first, and likely final, descent of the dam-threatened Mahakali River.

Mammoth

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Mammoth

2017 Climate Change

In the remote Russian Arctic, an aging scientist and his son are trying to recreate the Ice Age. They call their experiment Pleistocene Park –a…

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.

March of the Newts

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March of the Newts

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Follow one of the forest's funkiest creatures into a gathering of amphibious affection... and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.

March of the Penguins

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March of the Penguins

2005 Global Perspectives, Wildlife

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Emperor penguins overcome formidable obstacles to return to their breeding grounds for mating season in this Oscar-winning film by Luc Jacquet. It tells the story…

March of the Penguins 2

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March of the Penguins 2

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Adventure, Migration

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After 2 months of shooting in unique conditions in Antarctica last winter, Luc Jacquet returns with a new film shot mostly in 4K, with unseen…

The Marvelous Musical Report of the Marine National Monuments

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The Marvelous Musical Report of the Marine National Monuments

2014 Freshwater & Oceans

  Dive into the faraway blue waters of the Pacific Ocean to explore incredible, remote monuments. Filmed in stunning high definition, this hilarious, melodious film…

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.

Merchants of Doubt

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Merchants of Doubt

2014 Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, this film takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart…

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.

Midnight Blue

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Midnight Blue

2013 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife

This immersive ecological tale takes us to the heart of the underwater world, between night and light, where everything happens at a different pace. Using…

The Million Dollar Duck

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The Million Dollar Duck

2016 Wildlife, Arts and Environment

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The Million Dollar Duck is a documentary that focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art…

The Mirnavator

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The Mirnavator

2017 Adventure, Public Health

Ultra-runners overcome obstacles on every trail. While competing in her first 50K trail race of the season, Mirna Valerio must overcome the negative voices that…

Mission of Mermaids

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Mission of Mermaids

2012 Freshwater & Oceans

Both a poetic ode to the seas and aplea for their protection, Susan Cohn Rockefeller’s latest and most personal documentary focuses on the beauty and…

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?

Mountain

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Mountain

2017 Adventure

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A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, Mountain is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with…

Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale

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Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale

2016 Global Perspectives, Wildlife

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Naledi tells the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness. When she’s suddenly orphaned at one month,…

Nassawango Legacy

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Nassawango Legacy

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Pays tribute to Joe and Ilia Fehrer and their beloved Nassawango Creek.

Nature Is Speaking

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Nature Is Speaking

2015 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature. That’s the message of Conservation International’s provocative, celebrity-voiced campaign, “Nature Is Speaking.” The aim is to raise awareness…

The New Fire

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The New Fire

2017 Climate Change, Energy & Resources

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Nuclear power has been vilified in popular culture and among much of the environmental community. Yet the next-generation reactors currently in development may actually be…

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.

Night Moves

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Night Moves

2013 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Two radical environmentalists and an ex-marine plan an act of ecoterrorism: they build a bomb to blow up a dam, hoping to block the urban…

No Man’s Land

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No Man’s Land

2017 Parks and Protected Areas

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With unfettered access, director and director of photography David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National…

Noatak: Wild and Scenic

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Noatak: Wild and Scenic

2018 Freshwater & Oceans, Conservation

Explore the Noatak, one of Alaska’s wildest rivers, through the eyes of the people whose lives and livelihoods have long depended on its waters and…

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.

Nostalgia for the Light

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Nostalgia for the Light

2010 Global Perspectives

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Examines two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

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.

Oddball

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Oddball

2015 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Off the south coast of Australia, foxes have taken over an island sanctuary home to the world’s smallest penguins, damaging their population. But an eccentric…

The Odyssey (L'Odyssee)

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The Odyssey (L'Odyssee)

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Adventure

Summer, 1946. The Cousteau family, Jacques, his wife Simone and their two children Philippe and Jean-Michel, live in their beautiful house by the Mediterranean Sea.…

Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks

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Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks

2011 Local

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The formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century is examined through the enigmatic eyes of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 –…

On Coal River

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On Coal River

2011 Energy & Resources

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Viewers embark on a gripping emotional journey into the Coal River Valley of West Virginia – a community surrounded by lush mountains and a looming…

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.

One Big Home

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One Big Home

2016 Climate Change, Arts and Architecture, Development & Built Environment

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Trophy homes threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard. Ten, fifteen, even twenty-thousand-square-foot houses are going up around the Island. Not only do these mansions…

One Word Sawalmem

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One Word Sawalmem

2019 Indigenous Voices

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One word ripples outward, vibrating with healing power: Sawalmem, meaning “sacred water.” For Winnemem Wintu young man Michael “Pom” Preston, Sawalmem represents a vital vision…

Open Water

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Open Water

2019 Climate Change

The perfect storm of a changing climate and the rapid encroachment of the modern age has dramatically impacted the Arctic people -- forcing them to cope with change beyond their immediate control in the present -- not the future.

Orangutan School

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Orangutan School

2017 Wildlife

National Geographic takes you inside the International Animal Rescue sanctuary in the forests of Borneo to see what it takes to teach a baby orangutan…to…

Our Gorongosa

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Our Gorongosa

2019 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

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Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife restoration stories.

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.”

Paving the Way: Ethiopia’s Youth on the Road to Sustainability

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Paving the Way: Ethiopia’s Youth on the Road to Sustainability

2015

In Central Ethiopia’s remote Gurage Zone, poverty and environmental degradation have held back development for generations. In Paving the Way, youth, parents, and elders are…

The Pearl Button

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The Pearl Button

2015 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

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Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline, the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape.

Penguins

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Penguins

2019 Wildlife

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2020 DCEFF Youth Screening   An Adélie penguin named Steve joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build…

Perempuan

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Perempuan

2018 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

All people, regardless of gender, should enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities, and protections. Meet the women who are standing up for their right to…

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.

Person of the Forest

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Person of the Forest

2017 Wildlife, History, Conservation

  In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, new research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans, before it’s…

Peter and the Farm

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Peter and the Farm

2016 Local, Sustainable Living, Parks and Protected Areas

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Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 187 idyllic acres in Vermont. The land’s 38 harvests have seen the…

Pickle

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Pickle

2016 Wildlife

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  Spanning 25 years of marriage, Pickle is an accounting of the wide range of pets collected by a couple with a penchant for rescuing…

Planetary

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Planetary

2015 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. A provocative and breathtaking wakeup call,…

Plastic China

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Plastic China

2016 Global Perspectives

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Yi Jie’s uneducated parents left the area where they grew up, looking for work. They now sort and recycle plastic waste from Europe, the United…

The Plastic Problem

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The Plastic Problem

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living, Technology & Science

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction.

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.

The Poacher's Pipeline

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The Poacher's Pipeline

2016 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas

The newest film from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit delves deep into the world of wildlife trafficking. Over the course of 6 months, the Al Jazeera…

Population Boom

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Population Boom

2013 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

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Werner Boote, director of Plastic Planet, explores the theme of population increase: The world’s current total of seven billion residents might double in 61 years.…

Potomac: The River Runs Through Us

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Potomac: The River Runs Through Us

2013 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Each of us is connected to rivers in our everyday lives. Most of the six million people living in the Potomac River watershed do not…

Preserving the Páramo of Chingaza

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Preserving the Páramo of Chingaza

2019 Parks and Protected Areas

The páramo ecosystem in Colombia’s Chingaza National Park makes life in Bogotá possible.

Pride

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Pride

2013 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

The cultural relationship between residents of Gujarat, India and the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions in the world is explored in this film. With…

Project Wild Thing

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Project Wild Thing

2014 Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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David Bond’s kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing and a screen dependence, threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. It’s time…

Pronghorn Revival

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Pronghorn Revival

2016 Wildlife

Texan Wildlife Biologists are fighting for the future of Pronghorn Antelope by helicopter netting over 100 individuals, transplanted them to a new area, and reviving…

Protecting the Birds of Black River Gorges

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Protecting the Birds of Black River Gorges

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

The Mauritius kestrel and the echo parakeet were two of the rarest birds in the world, but after decades of conservation efforts, they're now making a comeback.

Provo Haze

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Provo Haze

2015 Climate Change

Jesse and his brother James set out on a series of hikes into the Provo mountains to document the haze that plagues their town every winter. Through…

Pumped Dry: the Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater

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Pumped Dry: the Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater

2015 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Across the globe supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis.…

Racing Extinction

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Racing Extinction

2015 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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2015 Festival Closing Night Film & Winner of the 2015 Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy

Radioactive Wolves

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Radioactive Wolves

2011 Wildlife

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After the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor on April 26, 1986, around 340,000 people were displaced from the exclusion zone of Chernobyl, which stretches…

Rat Film

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Rat Film

2016 Local, Development & Built Environment, History

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Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation, but also make homes in them. Rat Film is a feature-length documentary…

Rebalancing

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Rebalancing

2013 Local

Shot in every Ward of Washington D.C., in Arlington and in Alexandria, the film addresses how bicycling both reflects and changes our lifestyles. Its title…

Red Wolf Revival

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Red Wolf Revival

2016 Wildlife

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Red Wolf Revival is a short film about the last remaining wild population of red wolves. Centered on the historic recovery effort in Eastern North…

Refuge

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Refuge

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

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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…

Remixing Madagascar

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Remixing Madagascar

2020 Wildlife, Arts and Environment, Conservation

Ben Mirin set out to explore Madagascar and record the sounds of the island's unique lemurs, birds, and other animals. Utilizing these recordings, he transforms the voices of nature, along with those of the people he meets during the journey, into original music that celebrates the biodiversity and conservation of one of the most unique places on the plane

Restoring Indonesia's Peatlands—One Pasta at a Time

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Restoring Indonesia's Peatlands—One Pasta at a Time

2020 Global Perspectives, Food & Agriculture

One-size-fits-all agriculture has robbed Indonesia's peatlands of their moisture. Now, the country is working to restore these historic swamps by embracing their boggy nature -- and enjoying the pasta made from a water-loving crop

Restoring the Clearwater

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Restoring the Clearwater

2017 Freshwater & Oceans

For nearly a year the historic sloop, Clearwater, was out of the water, on land, enduring what wooden boats have historically endured forever: Restoration. Onshore…

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.

A River Changes Course

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A River Changes Course

2013 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while life for the Cambodian people continues to flow in a perpetual cycle of…

The River Guards

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The River Guards

2020 Freshwater & Oceans

Faced with the enormous environmental and health crisis of a contaminated river and city, a dedicated community of grassroots activists have fought against corporate negligence and government bureaucracy for over 30 years.

Rock-Paper-Fish

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Rock-Paper-Fish

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Journey deep into the rainforest of southeast Alaska, where life is inseparable from the age-old rhythms of the Chilkat River. Every year, all five species of salmon return to the Chilkat, drawing the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles, insatiable grizzly bears, and fascinated tourists.

Roots

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Roots

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

Discover the daily work, hope, and perspective of one professional female tree-planter in Oregon -- from an early start with coffee, through planting countless saplings in the Willamette River Valley with her team, Ash Creek Forest Management.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

2017 Global Perspectives, Arts and Environment, Public Health

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Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific musical career spanning over four decades, first as a techno-pop star and later as an Oscar-winning composer. The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. In this intimate portrait of both the artist and the man, he returns to music following cancer to create a resounding new masterpiece

The Salmon Forest

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The Salmon Forest

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

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The Salmon Forest is a 30-minute documentary film that explores the connection between wild salmon and life in the Tongass, America’s largest National Forest. The…

Sanctuaries of Silence

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Sanctuaries of Silence

2017 Wildlife, Conservation

Silence just might be on the verge of extinction, and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are…

Saving the Javan Rhino of Ujung Kulon

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Saving the Javan Rhino of Ujung Kulon

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

The Javan rhino is the rarest rhino in the world, and it takes a dedicated and coordinated effort to ensure the survival of this elusive and majestic species.

Scenes from a Dry City

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Scenes from a Dry City

2018 Global Perspectives

An impending water crisis grips Cape Town, South Africa.

Science Fair

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Science Fair

2018 Technology & Science

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Follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair.

Sea the Truth

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Sea the Truth

2010 Freshwater & Oceans

Leading scientists such as Daniel Pauly suggest that if we continue to catch and eat fish at the current rate, the oceans and seas will…

Seasons

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Seasons

2015 Wildlife

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Winner of the  Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film After traveling the world alongside migrating birds (Winged Migration) and diving the oceans with whales…

Second Genesis: The Quest For Life Beyond Earth

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Second Genesis: The Quest For Life Beyond Earth

2016 History

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When Voyager launched in 1977, few besides Carl Sagan believed that the search for extraterrestrial life was anything more than fantasy. But in the decades…

Seeds!

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Seeds!

2018 Food & Agriculture

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This six-part journey into the wonder and power of seeds introduces us to seed people around the world, from farmers to baristas, from gardeners to scientists, from pioneers to visionaries.

Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy for Gifford Pinchot

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Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy for Gifford Pinchot

2012 Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Renowned American forester and conservationist Gifford Pinchot, called “the father of American conservation,” served as the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. He left…

Seldom Seen Sleight

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Seldom Seen Sleight

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

When Ken Sleight first floated the Colorado River through southern Utah’s Glen Canyon in 1955, he recognized the canyon as a place where he could spend the rest of his life. Shortly thereafter, he left a comfortable desk job at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company to start his own river guiding company. With plans for Glen Canyon Dam already in the works, however, he knew he was building his life around a condemned world.

The Serengeti Rules

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The Serengeti Rules

2019 Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

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Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works.

Shad Run

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Shad Run

2018 Freshwater & Oceans

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The American shad, a migratory fish, were once so abundant in the Potomac River that people said the river would “run silver” each spring. By the 1970s numbers were so low that even seasoned anglers went home empty-handed.

Sharkwater

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Sharkwater

2012 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

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For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.

Sharkwater Extinction

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Sharkwater Extinction

2018 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

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This thrilling, inspiring, and action-packed journey follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it -- a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

Sides of a Horn

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Sides of a Horn

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

From Executive Producer Sir Richard Branson, this is the first film to tell the story of Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence. Based on actual events, and filmed in the townships and game reserves most directly impacted by wildlife crime.

Silas (William W. Warner Award Winner)

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Silas (William W. Warner Award Winner)

2017 Global Perspectives, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Liberian activist, Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader, fighting to crush corruption and environmental destruction in the country he loves. Through the focus on one…

Silencing the Thunder

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Silencing the Thunder

2014 Wildlife, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Every year hundreds of Yellowstone’s bison are shot to prevent a disease — brucellosis — from both infecting Montana’s domestic cattle herds and collapsing ranchers’…

Silent Snow

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Silent Snow

2010 Global Perspectives, Wildlife

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The Arctic plains are an eminent example of nature’s untouched beauty: an endless nothing in which only a few know how to survive. But a…

Soil Carbon Cowboys

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Soil Carbon Cowboys

2013 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis – heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals…

SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories

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SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories

2010 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change

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SoLa is a poignant look back at exactly how a gusher in the Louisiana Gulf was allowed to happen as a result of corruption and malfeasance, and an industry and political climate that views environmental pollution as simply the cost of doing business.

Solar For All

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Solar For All

2020 Local, Energy & Resources

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Celebrates the successes and documents the challenges of the first two years of implementing Solar For All, Mayor Muriel Bowser's initiative to provide 100,000 low-to-moderate income families with the benefits of locally generated clean energy.

Song of the Sea

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Song of the Sea

2014 Freshwater & Oceans

The story of the last seal-child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When…

Space to Explore

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Space to Explore

2018 Parks and Protected Areas, Technology & Science

On an outdoor adventure to the Mars-like terrain of Moab, Utah, Natalie Panek seeks to reconcile life's stumbles, redirections, and challenges in her pursuit of space travel.

Spaceship Earth

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Spaceship Earth

2020 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Development & Built Environment

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The true adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2.

Spawning Hope

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Spawning Hope

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change

Coral biologists are concerned about the genetic health of many endangered coral. This short film follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce coral DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral.

The Spring in Summer

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The Spring in Summer

2014 Global Perspectives

This short documentary captures the moments when we use the water fountain. It is a poetic and allegorical story about people, differences, connections, similarities. We all stop by the water fountain, even just for a moment, no matter where we come from or where we go.

The Station

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The Station

2018 Global Perspectives

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Discover the high mountains on either side of a small ship that breaks the quietness of this small part of the world.

Station 15

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Station 15

2017 Development & Built Environment

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High school student and poet Chasity Hunter experienced intense flooding in her New Orleans neighborhood during both Hurricane Katrina and recent summer rainstorms. Inspired to…

A Steelhead Quest: Portrait of a Rivered Life

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A Steelhead Quest: Portrait of a Rivered Life

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife

A steelhead advocate and long-time angler, Terry Myers, spent 2015 in search of a wild steelhead on a different river each month of the year,…

Sticky

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Sticky

2013 Climate Change, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

A handful of stick insects, the last of their kind, clung to life on a single bush for 80 years. Now back from the brink…

Stories from the Blue: Million Waves Project

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Stories from the Blue: Million Waves Project

2020 Freshwater & Oceans

"What if doing something was better than doing nothing?" That's the question that sparked the Million Waves Project.

Stories from the Gulf: Living with the BP Oil Disaster

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Stories from the Gulf: Living with the BP Oil Disaster

2011 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change

This multi-media project produced by NRDC, StoryCorps, and Bridge the Gulf documents the experiences of those living through America’s worst oil spill catastrophe. The purpose…

Street Surfers

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Street Surfers

2019 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

Frank Solomon, a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town, South Africa, travels to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment through recycling as a means of income.

Stuffed

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Stuffed

2019 Arts and Environment, Conservation

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In an unexpected twist, Stuffed reveals the importance of preserving nature, using taxidermy as its unlikely vehicle and the taxidermist as its wild driver.

Sucumbios, Land Without Evil

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Sucumbios, Land Without Evil

2011 Latin American Program, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

In 2011, a century had passed since the first oil extraction in Ecuador. In Sucumbíos, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the oil drilling began in 1967…

Surviving Progress

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Surviving Progress

2011 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

Featuring some of the world’s great contemporary thinkers, this compelling film explores the concept of progress in our modern world and, more specifically, the idea…

Switch

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Switch

2012 Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

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What will it really take to go from the energies that built our world to the energies that will shape our future? Our transportation and…

Symphony of the Soil

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Symphony of the Soil

2012 Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Drawing on ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance that is soil. By understanding…

Territory

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Territory

2015 Global Perspectives, Wildlife

On the rock of Gibraltar, the municipal government hires workers to keep macaques from running rampant – but these monkeys have lived there far longer…

Texas Living Water

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Texas Living Water

2017 Freshwater & Oceans

Myron Hess has spent his life in court fighting for the health of Texas Rivers and Bays. What will it take to get the needed…

The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes

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The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes

2017 Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

From National Geographic Documentary Films, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes chronicles a day in the life of a ranger in Garamba National Park. These…

There’s Something in the Water

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There’s Something in the Water

2018 Freshwater & Oceans

Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate ecosystem is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: giant salvinia.

Think Like A Scientist: Gorongosa

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Think Like A Scientist: Gorongosa

2016 Global Perspectives, Climate Change

The story of Greg Carr and his involvement in the restoration of Gorongosa National Park after its destruction from 30 years of war in Mozambique. Produced…

Think Like A Scientist: Inside Alzheimer’s Disease

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Think Like A Scientist: Inside Alzheimer’s Disease

2016 Global Perspectives

For this HHMI and Nautilus Magazine collaboration, journalist Greg O’Brien reveals his struggle living with Alzheimer’s Disease as Harvard scientist, Rudy Tanzi, explains the mechanism…

Think Like a Scientist: Renewal

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Think Like a Scientist: Renewal

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

Featuring an emerging young wildlife biologist from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, this is a heartwarming story of transformation and restoration on Washington State’s Elwha River.

Think Like A Scientist: Vulcan and the Power of Ideas

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Think Like A Scientist: Vulcan and the Power of Ideas

2016 Global Perspectives

Have you ever heard of the planet Vulcan? There’s a good chance you haven’t, because it doesn’t exist. In this episode of Think Like A…

This Land

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This Land

2020 Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation, Adventure

Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now, she’s running 150 miles through three U.S. National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands.

This Mountain Life

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This Mountain Life

2018 Adventure

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The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal, yet few ever venture into true wilderness. Living amongst us is a special breed of people for…

Thule Tuvalu

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Thule Tuvalu

2013 Global Perspectives, Climate Change

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When the ice melts in Thule, Tuvalu will drown in the ocean. Climate change is a heartbreaking reality that is rapidly, irreversibly ravaging inhabitants’ existence…

Time to Choose

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Time to Choose

2016 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions. Featuring narration by…

Towpath Joe

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Towpath Joe

2015 Local, Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Musician, naturalist and Potomac River advocate Joe Hage moves to a small island “inside the beltway” of Washington, D.C. A nascent island caretaker, Joe rediscovers…

Toxic Puzzle

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Toxic Puzzle

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Public Health

Directed by Bo Landin Narrated by Harrison Ford We are on the brink of an ecological catastrophe. Due to pollution from agriculture and cities, and…

Transcending Boundaries

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Transcending Boundaries

2011 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Straddling the border between the United States and Canada, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is a critical ecosystem within The Crown of the Continent, one of…

Treeline

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Treeline

2018 Global Perspectives

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth. They provide our shelter, our fuel, our companionship, and -- in some cases -- our divinity.

The Trouble With Wolves

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The Trouble With Wolves

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

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With death threats, court battles, and an iconic endangered species in middle, this film takes an up-close look at the most heated and controversial wildlife conservation debate of our time. Explore whether coexistence is really possible by hearing from the people directly involved.

Tupí: A Story of Indigenous Courage and Resolve

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Tupí: A Story of Indigenous Courage and Resolve

2020 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Indigenous Voices

Tupí is an Indigenous activist denouncing violence against women and fighting to protect human rights and the environment in her homeland at the Tapajós River in the Brazilian Amazon.

Tyke Elephant Outlaw

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Tyke Elephant Outlaw

2015 Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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In 1994, a circus elephant named Tyke killed her trainer in front of thousands of spectators and ran through the streets of Honolulu, before dying…

Uncle Elephant

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Uncle Elephant

2019 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

When he was young, Tuy Sereivathana (Vathana) dreamed of working in the forest. Today, his dream is realized in Cambodia's Prey Lang Forest, where Vathana conserves Asian elephants in collaboration with government partners and the Indigenous Kuy community.

Urbanized

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Urbanized

2010 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Energy & Resources

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Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities are not created by any…

Vegucated

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Vegucated

2010 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Follow three meat and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out…

Venture Out

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Venture Out

2020 Sustainable Living, Adventure

Tells a story of overcoming odds, the power of resilience, and ultimately, the everlasting effects of LGBTQ community building.

Vey nou Lagon

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Vey nou Lagon

2016 Freshwater & Oceans

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Vey nou Lagon is an inspirational documentary that follows a traditional artisanal fisherman and his family as they tell us the story of the Mauritian lagoons and show us the current state of the ocean.

Virunga

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Virunga

2014 Wildlife

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In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last…

Waste Land

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Waste Land

2010 Sustainable Living

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Capturing the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit, the film follows the renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from…

WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

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WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

2017 Sustainable Living, Food

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Every year 80% of the world’s water, 40% of the world’s land, and 10% of the world’s energy is dedicated to growing the food we eat, yet in the same year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. That’s a third of all food grown around the world being wasted before it even reaches a plate. WASTED! The Story of Food Waste sheds a light on the pressing issue of food waste. Executive produced by author and chef Anthony Bourdain, the film doesn’t simply focus on the problem, but offers solutions like reorienting consumer perspectives on the food that is normally cast aside, and what changes we can make to our food production chain to create a more sustainable food system.

Contains some profanity.

Water & Power: A California Heist

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Water & Power: A California Heist

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Energy & Resources

Water & Power takes a look at the incredible drought that has gripped the valley’s of California for years. While the barons of the water…

Water Warriors

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Water Warriors

2017 Freshwater & Oceans, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Winner: Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability Water Warriors is the story of a community’s resistance against the oil and natural gas industry.…

The Waterkeepers, With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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The Waterkeepers, With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

2000 Freshwater & Oceans

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. leads the nation’s fastest-growing grassroots environmental organization, the Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeepers take polluters to court, respond to citizens’ complaints about water…

Watermark

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Watermark

2013 Global Perspectives, Arts and Environment

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