Things to Consider This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always controversial, from its problematic imperialist origins to its encouragement of national overconsumption. Rather than lament the holiday's flaws, we can use this opportunity to open up a dialogue about important issues like indigenous rights & environmental justice, conscious consumption, and food waste. 

We've gathered a collection of films from the Festival archives to get the conversation going with your friends and family this holiday season. 



Climate justice and social justice have always been deeply linked, and we know that indigenous rights are essential to many environmental issues. This Thanksgiving, consider the ways in which you can show your support to indigenous communities around the globe that are fighting to defend the planet and their culture. 

"Climate action is human rights, because climate change affects the most vulnerable first and hardest – it already has, with droughts, fires, floods, crop failures." - Rebecca Solnit  The Guardian: Don't despair, the climate fight is only over if you think it is

Connect with the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.


PATRIMONIO2018 Audience Award Winner. A small community in Baja California battles an American mega-development that threatens their water, their beach, and their heritage.

This is a victory story of indigenous rights and environmental justice: with the right resources and passion, communities can overcome the worst odds and the strongest opponents. 

WARRIOR WOMENThe story of famed Indigenous activist Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcella, who are undeterred by age or government apathy.

Madonna Thunder Hawk has been a leader in the American Indian Movement since the 1970s, from Alcatraz to Standing Rock. 

RISE: STANDING ROCK2017 Best Feature Award: An essential documentation of one of the most urgent environmental struggles happening today - to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Indigenous peoples are some of the strongest and most tenacious environmental activists. 

Short Film: DIGNITY AT A MONUMENTAL SCALE. A doctor in the Four Corners Region uses his free time to install massive photo murals depicting his Navajo neighbors, from sheepherders to grandmothers, celebrating the beauty of a people whose land has been mined and poisoned, cut up and sold off


Food is front of mind as we all come together with friends and family for Thanksgiving. How much food do we really waste? Where does food waste go if it isn't composted, and how much does that affect the environment? How sustainable is the Thanksgiving turkey tradition? Does everyone in your community have access to nutritious, affordable foods? 

Whether it's your old family recipe for pumpkin pie or a new take on turkey and all the trimmings, one things for sure, sharing food and traditions is what makes this holiday special. Let's bring some of these important questions to the table. 


WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTEA film to change the way we buy, cook, recycle, and eat food, by Anthony Bourdain. 

Proof that food "waste" can be reimagined in beautiful and exciting ways. 

JUST EAT ITFilmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge.

An in-depth look at the systems of consumption that most don't question. 

DIVE! Follow Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. 

An inspiring film about America's food waste that is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism, and call to action.