Did you know your mobile phone contributes to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen takes on the Congolese military and warlords to gain access to Bisie, a militia-controlled mine that produces cassiterite, a tin oxide used in cell phones. In this courageous documentary, Poulsen reveals a mineral trade plagued with violence and human exploitation.Read more
Follow charismatic chef Tony Geraci on his passionate and tenacious journey to overhaul the school lunch program serving 83,000 students in Baltimore’s public schools. “It’s about trying to help a city heal itself using food as a vehicle”.
Waking the Green Tiger is an electrifying account of a group of villagers and farmers close to China's Tiger Leaping Gorge on the verge of losing everything to a massive dam project. Banding together with activists and journalists, the film taps into a broadening sense of community and environmentalism that grows beyond their single issue with remarkable results.
Described by Variety as a story of “Hillbilly Davids” besting a “corporate Goliath”, On Coal River does an extraordinary job of capturing the struggles of ordinary people fighting to save what remains of an Appalachian valley that they and their families have called home for generations. In the process, it beautifully captures the true human and environmental costs of “cheap”, dirty energy.Read more
Courage abounds in this film that risks life and limb to penetrate the operation of Donald Trump and his designs on Aberdeen, Scotland and its precious sand dunes, (Bill Forsyth’s classic 1983 film Local Hero was made here). Called, “deeply troubling, amusing and rousing all at the same time…” by Starz Film Festival Jury, this film is a constant juggle of humor, confrontation, espionage and strange, compelling characters (Trump included).Read more
Jon Shenk spends a year with President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronts a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it, due to the devastating impacts of climate change. Witness the first chapter of his global environmental fight, a fight which, following his forced resignation on February 7th, has clearly only just begun...Read more
Across the heartland of America, farmers and landowners are fighting to protect their land, their water, and their livelihood from the Keystone XL Pipeline, in this compelling new film from Leslie Iwerks.
Jackson, Silva, and Okech fight against the odds as they confront massive international development projects threatening to destroy their homes and livelihoods in rural Kenya. A unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the lens of the people it is intended to help.Read more
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.Read more
An examination of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that world posed by war and preparation for war. This film proposes that, if we cannot eliminate war, we can demand that destructive forces used in our name leave a lighter footprint on this highly vulnerable planet.