Listed below are summary descriptions of films that were shown at Let’s Talk About Water events. Click on either the film title or on the specific [Read more] to see details about that particular film. The sidebar menus to the right list our past events and films on this site for which there are embedded video clips. You can also click on a specific Tag (e.g., sustainability) to obtain a sub-set of the films in the inventory that have that tag associated with them.

Film Inventory Summary Descriptions


Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: water
Title: 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,[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: environment, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: contamination, environment, leukemia
Title: Aguas con el agua
Description: A small clip of water quality and injustice issues in Maywood CA. Director: Ruben Silva Year: 2010 Length: 1.5 minutes Country:[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: water quality
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: deforestation, overgrazing, resources
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: history
Title: 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 [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: environment, labor, mining
Title: Apaga y Vamonos (Switch Off)
Directed by Manel Mayol 87 min. Spain, 2006 The Biobio is one of the longest rivers in Chile. It has its source in the Andes and flows into the Pacific ocean. This river is of enormous ecological value as well of great historical and political[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: Biobio River, hydroelectric power, Latin America
Title: 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. [Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: eco-conscious
Title: Ar(r)ête
Description: An animated fisheye view that could be a metaphor for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Director: Sylvain Blond, Julien Cail, Quentin Ricci Year: 2009 Length: 3 minutes Country: Italy Distributor: [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: environment, oil spillage, pollution
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: environment, recycling
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: resources
Title: Beaux Arts-Geography (“Oasis”)
Description: A close up view of life at an Oasis. Director: Gaumont Pathé Archives Year: 1920? Length: 5 minutes Country: France Distributor:[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: nature
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: Buddhist, insects, Zen
Title: 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 million. The 11,000 citizens then spent [Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: global warming, sea level
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: conspiracy, consumers, industry, polyvinyl chrloride, pvc, vinyl
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: arsenic, pollution
Title: 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 [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: contamination, drinking water, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: water management
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: resources, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: climate change, environment, glaciers
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: Marseille
Title: 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 [Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: earth, eco-conscious, oceans
Title: Composition Chimique de L’Eau (The Chemical Composition of Water)
Description: The chemical composition of the water molecule H2O is what enables it to be a gas, a liquid and a solid. We will see the process of electrolysis separating the H’s from the O, and then back again. Water as matter, matters. Director:[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: water composition
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: water
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: Flow, love of water, privatization
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: clean water, contamination, drilling, drinking water, fracking
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: climate, eco-conscious, environment
Title: 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:[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: Marseille
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: contamination, eco-conscious, environment, global water crisis
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: engineering, infrastrucure, public works, stormwater, urban, wastewater
Title: 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 [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: oil, pollution
Title: 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]
Categories: Films - Tags: water
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: Marseille
Title: Mediterraneo Attivo (Active Mediterranean)
Description: “The Mediterranean is an area of the Earth that has particularly preserved traces of the past evolutionary processes of our planet. Its geological history, conditioned by the movements of the African and Eurasian continental plates . .[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: geodynamic processes, Mediterranean
Title: 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, [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: deforestation, desertification, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: eco-conscious, environment, resources, sustainability
Title: 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:[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: nature
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: coal, community, Massey Energy, risk, school, toxic
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: land use, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: galaxy, magnitude, perspective
Title: Rainwater Harvesting
Description: This video is about how water harvesting is important to do when whole india is facing water scarcity. Director: Pushpam Singh Year: 2007 Length: 1.5 minutes Country: India Distributor: Center for Science and[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: water harvesting
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: ecosystem, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags:
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: eco-conscious, environment
Title: 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 [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: Andy Goldsworthy, nature
Title: 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,[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: environment, mining, uranium
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: environment, pollution
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: Appalshop Films, mining, sludge
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: earth, lake, Utah
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: environment, river
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: environment, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: environment, trees, Wangari Maathai
Title: Tar Creek
TAR CREEK is the story of the worst environmental disaster you've never heard of: the Tar Creek Superfund site. Once one of the largest lead and zinc mines on the planet, Tar Creek is now home to more than 40 square miles of environmental[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: contamination, disaster, environment, Quapaw, Superfund, wastelands
Title: The Adventures of Junior Raindrop
  Made by The United States Forest Service The Junior Raindrop film was made by the United States Forest Service in 1948 as a way to explain the need for good watershed management. At the time, it had some of the most cutting edge [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Education, Films - Tags: management, watershed
Title: 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 [Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: habitat destruction, sustainability
Title: The Story of Stuff
When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today,[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: eco-conscious, environment, resources, sustainability
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: development, environment, real estate
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Films - Tags: avian flu, ecosystem disruption
Title: 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[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: clean water, Malawi, MDGs
Title: We Are All Connected
Description: A brilliant idea finds a comfortable home in a beautifully crafted spot, brought to you by Mato Atom. This work doesn’t require any comments, as it’s subtle simplicity speaks for itself. WWF - We Are All Connected from Mato Atom[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: community, perspective
Title: Windfall
Dir. Laura Israel, 81 min., U.S.A., 2010Sunday 13, 2:00 PM · Monday 14, 7:00 PM. What do we really know about wind power? We are told it's "green energy" and reduces our dependency on foreign oil. That's exactly what the people of Meredith in[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: green energy, political process, turbines, wind power
Title: Yindabad
Description: Sardar Sarovar, an impressive cement wall of 121 meters in height, stops river Narmada's flow. It is part of the faraonic "Narmada Valley Development Project", that plans the construction of more than 3000 dams, some of them of huge[Read more]
Categories: Clip Available, Films - Tags: eco-conscious, management, resources, water war