13 Lakes

“13 Lakes is about light. About light falling from the sky onto water. I was facing the problem, to frame all lakes in the same way (half sky, half water) and capture their singularity at the same time.” — James Benning Directed by James Benning, 135 min. 2004 (This video clip is not embedded. Click […] Read more »

78 Days

Description: Tree planting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs in Canada. Alone, working long days in desolate cut blocks, backing sun, rain storms, snow covered tents, bears, and endless bombardment of flies, swamps and mud, that’s tree planting in Northern Alberta. The independent documentary, 78 Days, divides the long season into […] Read more »

A Civil Action

Description: Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious lawyer, is addressed by a group of families. When investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential. A leather production company could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia, but also is the main employer for […] Read more »

Amazonie, Ultime Frontiere (Amazon: The Final Frontier)

Description: The Amazon is considered the “lungs” of the world and Amazon River runs through it. With deforestation, fires and overgrazing, the Amazon is being destroyed. But the government of Brazil has taken the lead on protecting this vast resource. Government agencies are working together with local communities to develop an effective model of resource […] Read more »

American Dust (Poussières d’Amérique)

Description: This is a logbook. A film which has been improvised. A poem that is slightly too long and made from other films parts, bits of sentences, pieces of music and sounds from all around. It was written in the language of cinema, without dialogue or commentary. It is both a silent movie and a […] Read more »

An Injury to One

Description: An Injury to One provides a corrective–and absolutely compelling–glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history: the rise and fall of Butte, Montana. Butte, home of massive copper mining and hence saddled with a legacy of environmental destruction, provides the back drop to this chronicle of the mysterious death […] Read more »

Aquarena

Description: The camera pans from this detail of an Alpine-style wall painting to a firehouse – with subtle dripping in the background – and there it is, the archaic concept of water, which baptizes and feeds and helps things grow and protects. Josef Dabernig and Isabella Hollauf’s Aquarena – a combination of the words aqua […] Read more »

As Above, So Below

Description: As Above, So Below is a cinematic meditation on alchemy, mortality and trash. A woman in Philadelphia has her husband’s ashes converted into a memorial diamond. At a Belgian recycling plant, precious metals are extracted from discarded electronics. What was once the world’s largest landfill – now also the resting place of the World […] Read more »

At the Center of the Land of Wells and Men

Description: In the rural areas of Niger, most wells are dug the traditional way: with men lowered deep into the ground on a rudimentary rope harness. This documentary takes you to the center of the earth with them. Amani Mahamane is a Master Well-digger. He has dug 77 wells, his father 90 wells, and his […] Read more »

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Sold live in vending machines and department stores, plastic replicas included as prizes in the equivalent of a McDonald’s Happy Meal and the subject of the N°. 1 videogame, MushiKing, from the smallest backyard to the top of Mt. Fuji, insects inspire an enthusiasm in Japan seen nowhere else in this world. Like a detective […] Read more »

Before the Flood

Description: Before the Flood documents the engrossing story of the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu, once the world’s third-poorest country. In 1999, Tuvalu’s government sold its .tv Internet name for $25 million. The 11,000 citizens then spent $6 million tarring 19km of roads, to use their new petrol-powered cars and bikes. But these roads may […] Read more »

Blue Vinyl

A Toxic Comedy look at vinyl, the world’s second largest selling plastic. With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand’s hometown to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride […] Read more »

Born Sweet

Description: Despite being only fifteen years old, Vinh Voeurn has accepted his destiny – to be sick for the rest of life with incurable arsenic poisoning. He longs to fall in love with a girl with long, smooth hair. He fantasizes about becoming a karaoke star, winning the affections of adoring fans. But his body […] Read more »

Carbon for Water

Description: In Kenya’s Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Some even encounter sexual violence. Yet […] Read more »

Carnets d’Eau (Water Diaries)

Description: This documentary film was made by students (age 18 – 25) from France and Quebec and focuses on water management in Provence. The students documented their experiences and impressions of Provence on a blog (carnetdevoyage.quebec.over-blog.com) and video. Director: Nathalie Kertchef Year: 2009 Length: 50 minutes Country: France Distributor: Read more »

Carpa Diem

Description: “Carpa Diem” wishes to shake consciences with a surrealistic approach by dealing with the phenomenon of wasting resources, in particular the most precious one: water. A small daily gesture which, multiplied by billions of people, could contribute to the saving of this precious resource, not only for human beings but for the planet itself. […] Read more »

Chasing Ice

Description: Oscar Nominated “Chasing Ice” is a landmark in cinematic achievement. Through the use of revolutionary time-lapse cameras, National Geographic photojournalist James Balog captures the eroding glaciers of the world. This eerie yet awe-inspiring documentary presents irrefutable evidence of global climate change. Once a skeptic, Balog realizes first hand the dire condition of our changing […] Read more »

On Coal River

Dir. Francine Cavanaugh & Adams Wood, 81 min., U.S.A., 2010Friday 11, 7:00 PM · Thursday 17, 7:00 PM. ON COAL RIVER takes viewers on a gripping emotional journey into the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, a community surrounded by lush mountains and a looming toxic threat. The local school happens to be alongside an […] Read more »

Coeur Fidele (Faithful Heart)

Description: A silent melodrama set in Marseille, but not simply that: A cinematic wonder. “In water, crystals grow, beautiful as Venus, born as she was, full of the most secret graces, symmetries and correspondences. Games of Heavens, thus, worlds fall — from where? Into a light space.” (Jean Epstein) “In it they [the public] found […] Read more »

Cold Pieces

Description: In Cold Pieces, Cho focuses on water, drawing from this broad theme an extended investigation into the mutability of pure form; water, after all, has no particular shape or size, only infinite variation. Characteristically, Cho’s images telescope in scale, from rain-droplets on a puddle to endless ocean-swells rolling in from the horizon. His intricate […] Read more »

Eaux D’Artifice

Description: “Hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustrades, grottoes and ever-gushing leaping fountains, until the Water Witch and the Fountain become one.” (Kenneth Anger) The pulsing and rhythmic movement of the fountains and the character in the gardens capture the motion of water from the mountains, to the streams, to the […] Read more »

Flow: For Love of Water

About the Film Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence […] Read more »

Gasland

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a […] Read more »

Het Verloren Land

Description: This documentary by director Jos de Putter is a future documentary, partly situated in the Netherlands in 2070. Our country turns out largely under water. Through a series of meetings with people involved in climate and water issues on large and small scale involved is reconstructed what it has achieved. The Lost Land moves […] Read more »

La Tunisie (Tunisia)

Description: A look at the port of Sfax across from Marseille — another world, another time, yet connected by the same body of water. Where did that salt come from? Director: Gaumont Pathé Archives Year: 1925 Length: 18 minutes Country: France Distributor: Read more »

Last Call at the Oasis

Description: Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities […] Read more »

L’Eau (Water)

Description: In this short, lively film, we see water in its many forms and functions from the four corners of the world. Director: Gaumont Pathé Archives Year: 1938 Length: 3,27 minutes Country: France Distributor: Read more »

Liquid Assets

Directed by Stephanie Ayanian and Mark Cooper, 90 min. 2003, WPSU, State College, PA Liquid Assets tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems—some in the ground for more than 100 years—provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and […] Read more »

Louisiana Story

Description: Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for its musical score, Robert J. Flaherty’s (Nanook of the North, Man of Aran) last masterpiece is a visually stunning, lyrical tribute to a land and its people. A poetic vision of nature and the human spirit fills every frame of this amazing film. […] Read more »

Marseille

Description: We see Marseille in the past, between 1915 – 1920 with its port, streets, monuments, people, and beautiful light. Marseille is France, Provence, but also the Mediterranean. The city has inspired many films including: Fievre (Louis Delluc), The Fanny Triology (Marcel Pagnol), Le Rendezvous des Quais (Paul Carpita) and Justin de Marseille (Maurice Touneur) […] Read more »

Moi Sekou, Mon Exile, Mon Village, Mon Combat (The Life and Struggle of Sekou: Exile and Return)

Description: Eric Mounier (director) and IRD (producer) “Sekou Bathily is an elevator repairman in Paris and he only has one goal in mind: To save Boda, his village in Mali, which is under threat of disappearing because of deforestation. Every year, he takes advantage of his holiday to visit his family in Mali. But this […] Read more »

No Impact Man

Description: Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, […] Read more »

Of a Feather

Description: Of a Feather, by Rob Yeo, is a 10-minute lyrical portrait of the vibrant force of life, filmed over the course of a year in Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh. Director: Rob Yeo Year: 2011 Length: 10 minutes Country: USA Contact: roby@uwm.edu Read more »

Peace Out

Description: Peace Out asks and answers the question: are we ripping up our back yard for energy – or not? The film seeks to engage those of us who do not connect our daily decisions with global land use issues. It focuses on the North Western Canadian wilderness, however the issues are universal. The film […] Read more »

Powers of Ten

Dir. Charles and Ray Eames, 9 min., U.S.A., 1977Friday 11, 9:00 PM · Monday 14, 4:00 PM. POWERS OF TEN takes us on an adventure in magnitudes and wholeness. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view […] Read more »

Reading the Water

Description: Reading the Water is an experimental “home video” and personal-poetic essay that mobilizes the coast of Maine–the sandbox of Vollmer’s youth and his marine biologist and naturalist professor-photographer father’s area of expertise–as a metaphor for exploring the depths and masculine relationships and family ecosystem sustainability across three generations of men. The work also acts […] Read more »

River Rites

Description: Trance dance and water implosion, a line drawn between secular freak-outs and religious phenomena. Shot in a single-take at a sacred site on the Upper Suriname River, the minor secrets of an animist are revealed as time itself is undone. Rites are the new Trypps, embodiment is our eternal everything. RIVER RITES from Ben […] Read more »

Riverglass: A River Ballet in Four Seasons

Description: Slovenian artist Andrej Zdravic brings us a magical underwater realm via a pristine river, the Socca, that flows from the Julian Alps of his homeland. Coursing pearlescent bubbles, shifting shades of aquamarine, the sun poking at the river’s membrane, stones that roll and roil boundlessly. Director: Andrej Zdravoc Year: 1997 Length: 41 minutes Country: […] Read more »

Rivers and Tides

Description: Rivers and Tides depicts the magical relationship between art and nature while painting a visually intoxicating portrait of famed artist Andy Goldsworthy. Gorgeously shot and masterfully edited, the film follows the bohemian free spirit Goldsworthy all over the world as he demonstrates and opens up about his unique creative process. From his long-winding rock […] Read more »

Sacred Poison

Description: The documentary shows the devastating toll past uranium mining has had on the Navajo people and discusses the potential risks posed by a renewal of uranium mining. It lays out the complex and conflicting economic, political, environmental and spiritual issues involved. However, this documentary in no way portrays the Navajo as victims of outside […] Read more »

Silent Snow

Description: The Arctic plains are an eminent example of nature’s untouched beauty: an endless nothing in which only few know how to survive. But dangerous pesticides are silently accumulating here, poisoning its inhabitants. A young Inuit woman investigates the sources of this pollution. Her journey takes her to three different continents, where she is confronted […] Read more »

Sludge

Directed by Robert Salyer, 41 min., U.S.A., Appalshop Films Shortly after midnight on Octoher 11, 2000, a coal sludge pond in Martin County, Kentucky, broke through an underground mine. propelling 306 million gallons of sludge down two tributaries of the Tug Fork River into the Big Sandy. ThP Martin County sludge spill killed all aquatic […] Read more »

Spiral Jetty

Dir. Robert Smithson, 32 min., U.S.A., 1970Friday 11, 9:00 PM · Monday 14, 4:00 PM. This film, made by the artist, Robert Smithson is a poetic and process minded film depicting a “portrait” of his renowned earth work–SPIRAL JETTY–as it juts into the shallows off the shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake. A voice-over by […] Read more »

Study of a River

Description: The first part (winter) of a seasonal study of the Hudson river in New York. Director: Peter Hutton Year: 1996-1997 Length: 13 minutes Country: USA Distributor: Canyon Cinema in San Francisco Read more »

Sun Come Up

Description: Sun Come Up follows the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders – a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new […] Read more »

Taking Root

Description: Planting trees for fuel, shade, and food is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act Wangari Maathai, a woman born in rural Kenya, started down the path that reclaimed her country’s land from 100 years of deforestation, provided new sources […] Read more »

The Aquarium

Description: Filmed primarily in Alaska, The Aquarium contrasts the openness of the primeval Arctic landscape with the entrapment of captured sea mammals in aquariums. It speaks of the progressive destruction of these animals’ habitat, seeing beyond the alluring spectacle. View the Trailer Director: Pawel Wojtasik Year: 2006 Length: 23 minutes Country: Canada Contact: www.pawelwojtasik.com/Aquarium.html Read more »

The Unforeseen

Description: The American dream of owning a house with a white picket fence goes head-to-head with environmental sustainability in this urgent, beautifully crafted documentary. When an ambitious real estate developer sets out to transform thousands of acres of pristine hill country around Austin, Texas into a suburban development threatening a nearby natural spring and local […] Read more »

Un mal pour un bien

Description: A documentary that focuses on the aftermath of the avian flu threat in the National Botanical Garden of Belgium during the summer of 2006. Up until then vast geese populations resided in this botanical garden. However, the birds both disrupted the local ecosystem and posed a potential health hazard because of avian flu. Consequently, […] Read more »

Water First

Directed by Amy Hart, 25 min., U.S.A., Bullfrog Films Through the inspiring story of Charles Banda, a local fireman turned waterman who has drilled over 8OO wells for impoverished communities in Malawi, it becomes apparent why clean water should be first if we are genuinely committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing […] Read more »