Film Archive

What is the Film Archive?

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Here at SFGFF we love every one of the hundreds of environmental films we have screened over the years.

Every film was hand picked by our Festival Curators and we created the Archive to allow you to discover these stunning environmental documentaries now.

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KIFARU

Experience the intimate joys and pitfalls of wildlife conservation through the eyes of Kenyan rhino caretakers who witness extinction happening in real-time. With their protection ‘Sudan,' the last male Northern White Rhino in existence, is the subject of a last resort IVF experiment to save the species they love.

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16 SUNRISES

For six months, French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet and his fellow astronauts live on the International Space Station, 450 kilometers from Earth, and obtain a different perspective of home. As the space station revolves, they experience 16 sunrises each day, witnessing a planet that is constantly evolving.

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THE AGE OF STUPID

The film that started it all! The Age of Stupid inspired the founding of the first Green Film Fest. Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

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MOTHERLOAD

A crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. How can choices within our nuclear families effect change on a global scale?

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ONCE WAS WATER

This inspiring film explores the innovative water technologies in Las Vegas, Nevada: the thirstiest city in the driest state. The solutions presented could hopefully serve as a model for the rest of the world.

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EARTH

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans - with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

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TRIBES ON THE EDGE

Building on a family legacy of exploration and environmental filmmaking, Céline Cousteau journeys to the Brazilian Amazon in order to bear witness to the indigenous communities' fight for survival. She shares their rarely seen stories of cultural pride and traditional way of life set against the legacy of colonialism and threats from outsiders.

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5 BLOCKS

5 Blocks follows the transformational changes that have been taking place on San Francisco’s central Market Street for decades. Once a thriving urban center, the neglected neighborhood has been overcome by grime and crime. Now being transformed by a tech and real estate boom, the neighborhood is undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years.

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THE POLLINATORS

A cinematic journey about the current international bee crisis and what it means for our food security. This film explains the problems of modern large scale agriculture and offers ideas on how it can be improved, illustrated through the migratory pollinators that are a vital cornerstone of our entire food system.

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THE GREEN LIE

The big companies would have us believe that we can save the world just by buying the right stuff in our own homes. In this film, greenwashing experts explore how we can fight back against the dangerous lies of big business.

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MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

As a centuries-old black community, contaminated and uprooted by petrochemical plants, comes to terms with the loss of its ancestral home, one man standing in the way of a toxic petrochemical plant's expansion refuses to give up.

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SILENT FORESTS

Meet passionate and tenacious conservationists as they fight to stop forest elephant poaching in Africa’s Congo Basin region. Institutional challenges like corruption and lack of funding threaten to derail their attempts to save those that remain.

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AY MARIPOSA

Journey along this emotional odyssey in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas with advocates who show their fierce commitment to home, justice, wild beauty, monarch butterflies, and the future of the US-Mexico borderlands.

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GOLDEN FISH, AFRICAN FISH

The Casamance region in the South of Senegal is one of the last areas of traditional fishing in West Africa, and crucial to the food safety of many African countries. But the challenges of industrial fishing companies and harsh working conditions are putting the region in danger of collapse.

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THE WOMEN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES

Think "the Jane Goodall of giraffes" and you'd get Canadian zoologist and feminist trailblazer Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, whose unprecedented work and scholarship on South African wildlife was stonewalled by institutional chauvinism. This film highlights both her pioneering research and her tireless fight for gender equity.

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ARTIFISHAL

This film is a call-to-action documentary about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide towards extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

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SETTING THE BAR: A CRAFT CHOCOLATE ORIGIN STORY

Setting the Bar uncovers a new era of sustainable chocolate trade: one that protects livelihoods, supports environmental sustainability, educates consumers to make better choices, and also creates award-winning chocolate bars! Share in the passion and excitement of the chocolate makers as they travel into the unknown.

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THE RIVER AND THE WALL

This film follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Their mission: to document the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment.

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NATURE'S NICKELODEONS

Experience the nature documentary as you’ve never seen or heard it before. Experimental composers, musicians and A.I. join filmmaker and Doctor of GeoHumanities Amy Cutler to re-invent the heroes, villains, sounds, and spaces of nature broadcasts.

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