(USA, 84 mins)
Directed by Phylis Geller
COAL COUNTRY tells of the dramatic struggle around the use of coal, which provides over half the electricity in America. In Appalachia, miners and residents are locked in conflict: is mining and processing coal essential to providing good jobs, or is it destroying the land, water and air? What does this mean for the rest of America and the world? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ9n_Fu_ItE
NATIONAL SACRIFICE ZONE
(USA, 20 minute version and 59 minute version)
Directed by Joseph Brown
NATIONAL SACRIFICE ZONE: COLORADO AND THE COST OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE is a feature length documentary that takes a critical look at the effects of the most current Rocky Mountain energy boom â€“ the oil companiesâ€™ efforts to transform shale rock into oil.
Including commentary from both energy 'experts' and local individuals affected by energy development, National Sacrifice Zone tells the story of the conflict between consumption and the environmental degradation taking place in our own back yards.
MILKING THE RHINO
(USA, 84 mins)
Directed by David E. Simpson
The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibiaâ€™s Himba - two of Earthâ€™s oldest cattle cultures - are in the midst of upheaval. Emerging from a century of â€œwhite man conservationâ€ that turned their land into game reserves and fueled resentment towards wildlife, they are now vying for a piece of the wildlife-tourism pie. Charting the collision of ancient ways and Western expectations, MILKING THE RHINO tells intimate, hopeful and heartbreaking stories of people facing deep cultural change.
A SEA CHANGE
(USA/Norway 85 mins)
Directed by Barbara Ettinger
Shortly after learning about ocean acidification, Sven Huseby set out to learn more about this threat to the worldâ€™s oceans. This journey takes Sven back to his roots in fishing communities from Seattle to Alaska and finally to Norway as he learns first-hand about this devastating phenomenon and what can be done to stop it. Through Sven's travels we uncover the scientific, cultural, political and economic implications of ocean acidification. Upon returning to the United States to visit his grandson Elias, Sven seeks out the individuals and organizations who are pursuing a range of solutions to acidification as he tries to determine where hope may lie in this epic struggle for the future of the oceans.
BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS
(USA, 90 mins)
Directed by Sam Bozzo
Wars of the future will be fought over water, as they today over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?
CHILDREN OF THE AMAZON
(USA, 72 mins)
Directed by Denise Zmekhol
Journey with Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in search of the indigenous children she photographed 15 years ago. CHILDREN OF THE AMAZON invites you to see through the eyes of these inspiring, remarkably resilient people whose lives have been transformed by a road that was carved through their forest home by an outside world. Poetic and visually stunning, this film engages our senses and sympathies as global issues take on a profoundly human perspective.
(Ecuador, 31 mins) Available in Spanish and English versions. The English version has some subtitled segments when Spanish is spoken. Good for Spanish classes.
Directed by Martin Oâ€™Brien and Robbie Proctor
Over the past 43 years, ChevronTexaco has intentionally spilled over 10 times the amount of oil in and around Lago Agrio, Ecuador than was lost in the Exxon Valdez disaster and yet not one drop has been cleaned up. An area of pristine rain-forest the size of Rhode Island has been devastated and 1 tribe of indigenous indians has been wiped out. For those remaining natives, water supplies are completely contaminated and serious health issues such as cancer, leukemia, birth defects and skin disease run rampant. ChevronTexaco's attitude towards this has been a combination of strong armed intimidation and complete denial. It's time for action, it's time for Justicia Ya! Starring 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Pablo Fajardo and Luis Yanza.
Dramatic Appalachian Features