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

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

  • Alfred Ayer & Arne Naess - Analytic philosopher Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess, father of the deep ecology movement, discuss skepticism, fact, and truth.

  • Anais Goes to War - A young woman's struggle to start her own farm. (new January, 2017)

  • B

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

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

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

  • The Battle of Chernobyl - Previously secret archives and documents provide the basis for an unprecedented examination of the disaster and the efforts to contain it.

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

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

  • Bestiaire - Fascinating and beguiling, Denis Côté’s mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast.

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

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

  • Blowing Up Paradise - The story of thirty years of French nuclear testing in the South Pacific, including the lethal bombing of the "Rainbow Warrior" — the Greenpeace ship sunk by the French Secret Service.

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

  • C

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

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

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

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

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

  • D

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

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

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

  • The Destruction of Memory - Explores the intentional destruction of priceless artwork, artifacts and historical sites through war and terrorism. (new October, 2016)

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

  • The Dreamers of Arnhem Land - The two Aboriginal elders who set out to save their community from cultural extinction by combining traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific expertise.

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

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

  • E

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

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

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

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

  • F

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

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

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

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

  • Forgotten World - Discover a historic maze of stone circles, terraces and engravings that offer archaelogists new insight into South Africa's past. (new July, 2015)

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

  • G

  • Glenafooka - Enchanting examination of the persistence in rural Ireland today of ancient beliefs in otherworld spirits, including fairies, ghosts, banshees and other supernatural forces.

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

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

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

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

  • H

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

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

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

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

  • I

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

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

  • The Invisible Frame - A filmic journey starring Tilda Swinton as she traces the former Berlin Wall via bicycle.

  • L

  • The Lion Hunters - Jean Rouch's self-reflexive depiction of lion hunting among the Songhay people of Niger, and the social structure that underlies it.

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

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

  • M

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

  • N

  • The Nuclear Comeback - In the face of climate change, the nuclear industry proposes itself as a solution. It says that nuclear power generation produces zero carbon emissions... and people are listening.

  • O

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

  • Our Daily Bread - A spectacular visual essay composed of epic tableaus, a haunting vision of our modern food industry, and the methods and technology utilized for mass production.

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

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

  • P

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

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

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

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

  • Proteus - Animated exploration of the 19th century's fascination with the undersea world, and portrait of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the sea depths an ecstatic fusion of science and art.

  • R

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

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

  • S

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

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

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

  • Still, The Children Are Here - A portrait of the Garo people of India, for whom cultivating rice is a way of life and worship, this film not only describes an indigenous culture, but the essential nature of humanity. Produced by Mira Nair.

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

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

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

  • T

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

  • They're Selling the Wind - An exploration of the carbon market's fight against global warming, a speculative, impalpable market, and sometimes irresponsible market. (new December, 2016)

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

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

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

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

  • W

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

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

  • Winter Nomads - Modern-day shepards Pascal and Carole bring 800 sheep on a snow-covered odyssey.

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