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    Best Documentaries – The Coconut Revolution

    This is the modern-day story of a native peoples remarkable victory over Western Colonial power. A Pacific island rose up in arms against giant mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) – and won despite a military occupation and blockade. When RTZ decided to step up production at the Panguna Mine on the island of Bougainville, they got more than they bargained for. The islands people had enough of seeing their environment ruined and being treated as pawns by RTZ. RTZ […]

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    Best Documentaries – Green Death of the Forests

    Green Death of The Forests is an unusual film. It is both a hard hitting portrayal of the causes and consequences of deforestation in Indonesia, and a film which captures the tranquility and calm of wild nature. It contains no narrative or dialogue and yet helps us understand complex commodity chains. It was made with a small camera by a single person on a tourist visa, and has beaten much larger production teams, and healthily funded groups to the most prestigious […]

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  • the fight for amazonia

    Best Documentaries – The Fight for Amazonia

    From the heart of the Amazon jungle comes a three-part series examining the strides being made to save the world’s most endangered rainforest. 1. Raids in the Rainforest. The first film follows Brazil’s youngest national park director as she declares war on the drug gangs, logging mafia and illegal fishing threatening the Amazon Rainforest. 2. The Justice Boat. To the Brazilian state many of the people who live on the Amazon are invisible. They have no access to health care, […]

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  • the evolution of ecological consciousness

    Best Documentaries – The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

    Part of what Andrew Faust does is teaching how to apply permaculture in the urban landscape and part of what he’ll be presenting in this video is a lot of information he’s accumulated over the last 20 years as an educator and 8 years of living off the grid. Permaculture is a way of thinking, it’s a way of seeing, and what Andrew is going to present is the way of seeing ourselves as biological organisms who are deeply rooted […]

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    Best Documentaries – Damocracy

    A documentary that debunks the myth of large-scale dams as clean energy and a solution to climate change. It records the priceless cultural and natural heritage the world would lose in the Amazon and Mesopotamia if two planned large-scale dams are built, Belo Monte dam in Brazil, and Ilisu dam in Turkey. Damocracy is a story of resistance by the thousands of people who will be displaced, and a call to world to support their struggle. The documentary is an excellent primer on […]

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  • a river of waste

    Best Documentaries – A River of Waste

    This documentary looks at the potential hazards caused by factory farms in the United States, particularly by waste disposal. Beginning with a history of the American food system, River of Waste shows its evolution to large-scale corporate farms where pollution and use of growth hormones threaten both individual health and the future of our planet. A River of Waste exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far […]

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    Best Documentaries – Sea the Truth

    This is the planet we still know so little. We call it Earth but less than 1/3 is land, over 2/3 is water and we use that water as a dumping site for our waste and as if it’s an inexhaustible “horn of plenty” for humans. Our most important ecosystem is on the verge of collapse unless we act now. At this very moment the main problem with the oceans is that they’re getting emptier and emptier. If we don’t […]

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    Best Documentaries – Planet Ocean

    An elegantly filmed documentary, Planet Ocean takes us on a beautiful adventure into the strangest domains of our planet – the oceans. Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand – the noted environmentalist, journalist, and photographer, whose previous environmental documentary work includes the Home Project – this award-winning documentary pivots around the relationship between the Earth’s oceans and the entire planet’s ecosystem. Unlike other ocean documentaries, such as Deep Sea, Planet Ocean does not focus on specific ecosystems or pockets of life, but […]

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    Best Documentaries – Natural World: A Farm for the Future

    Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, […]

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    Best Documentaries – Poison Fire

    The Niger Delta is an environmental disaster zone after fifty years of oil exploitation. One and a half million tons of crude oil has been spilled into the creeks, farms and forests, the equivalent to 50 Exxon Valdez disasters, one per year. Natural gas contained in the crude oil is not being collected, but burnt off in gas flares, burning day and night for decades. The flaring produces as much greenhouse gases as 18 million cars and emits toxic and carcinogenic substances […]

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