FILM THEMES

This year’s Home theme encompasses a broad range of critical issues including affordable housing, migration, sustainable cities, habitat loss, and more.

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Housing

Home means something different to everyone. These films investigate housing affordability, homelessness, housing safety for migrants and refugees, and more. Highlights include: 

  • 5 Blocks (Dan Goldes, SF Bay Area Filmmaker) - World Premiere - A grassroots coalition is using arts & technology to bring development to central Market Street’s marginalized communities. Expected Guests: Director Dan Goldes & subjects from the film. 
  • Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (Judith Helfand) - Centerpiece Presentation - A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of "disaster," and survival by zip code. Expected Guest: Director Judith Helfand
  • PUSH (Fredrik Gertten) - USA Premiere - Follow UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing around the globe as she investigates an escalating human rights crisis.

ALL FILMS ON HOUSING

Activism / People Power

Discover some of the incredible activists featured in this year's program - these people prove that dedicated individuals can inspire massive change. These are just a few of the stories of fearless change-makers. 

  • Fatima (Halimah Tariq) - Pakistani activist Fatima helps female bonded labor workers escape the pollution and disease of their abusive working conditions.
  • Mossville: When Great Trees Fall (Alexander Glustrom) - One man standing in the way of a petrochemical plant expansion in his ancestral hometown refuses to give up.
  • Extinction (Jack Stimpson) - Starring Emma Thompson and featuring footage from this year’s Extinction Rebellion protests in London.

ALL FILMS ON ACTIVISM

Women's Leadership 

Women and minority communities are some of the strongest advocates for climate activism. Now is the time to rise up for equity and equality - these films follow female environmental justice leaders that are true trailblazers of the modern era. 

  • Honor the Past to Shape the Future: Ohlone Women Reclaim Their Homelands (SF Bay Area Filmmakers) - This shorts program follows female Ohlone leaders that are creating pathways to reclaim their ancestral lands, spirituality, and culture.
  • Motherload (Liz Canning) - A mother’s quest to understand the disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could help.
  • The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (Alison Reid) - This film highlights Dr. Anne Dagg’s pioneering research on South African Giraffes and her decades-long tireless fight for gender equity.

Migration / Border Wall 

Social justice and environmental justice are inseparable. What are the ethical and ecological consequences of putting up borders? These films explore this critical current issue. 

  • The River and the Wall (Ben Masters) - Journey on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.
  • Ay Mariposa (Krista Schlyer) - Advocates illustrate their fierce commitment to home, justice, wild beauty, and the future of the US-Mexico borderlands.
  • Airport (Michaela Müller) - Exploring the borders between the right to freedom of movement & the societal restrictions of national security requirements.

ALL FILMS ON MIGRATION AND BORDER WALLS

Biodiversity

The UN Biodiversity Report estimates 1 million species at risk of extinction if we do not make rapid and unprecedented changes to our entire global system. The window is closing, but it's not too late yet.  

  • The Pollinators (Peter Nelson) - A cinematic journey about the current international bee crisis, what it means for our food security, and how we can improve it.
  • Kifaru (David Hambridge) - Experience the intimate joys and pitfalls of conservation through the eyes of Kenyan rhino caretakers.
  • Insect Guardian: Butterfly Paradise (Tim Visser, Sander van Iersel) - 82 year old Willem fights against nitrogen and monocultures to preserve his 40 year old flower-rich butterfly paradise.

ALL FILMS ON BIODIVERSITY

Sustainable Cities

Our cities are growing fast. At their best, cities are hubs for innovation, commerce, culture, and environmental sustainability. Decisions on transport, planning, open space, and housing all have an impact on our lives and on the environment.

  • What If (Franny Armstrong) - Set in parallel universe in which the inhabitants are doing everything they can to stop climate change.
  • Detroit Hives (Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg) - Explore the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.
  • Once Was Water (Christopher Beaver) - This film explores innovative water technologies in Las Vegas, Nevada: the thirstiest city in the driest state.

ALL FILMS ON SUSTAINABLE CITIES