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POEM BY Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner
& Aka Niviâna
DIR. dan lin
Two indigenous islanders from Greenland and the Marshall Islands connect across oceans and cultures to create together an awe-inspiring poem of resistance. Poetic, powerful, provocative.
“If you want to know what climate change is likely to mean for real people, then watch Anote's Ark.”
— EYE for film
DIR. MATTHIEU RYTZ
RUN-TIME. 1H 17M
What if your country was swallowed by the sea?
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea level rise.
Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s Ark follows Kiribati’s President, Anote Tong, racing to find a way to protect Kiribati’s people and 4,000 years of their culture.
DIR. Alexandra Lerman
Inspired by how tree rings reveal the narrative of nature (and human eco-interference) through time, this experimental short sets the mood for a more introspective reckoning with the personal side of the ecological crisis.
“An energetic & positive story about actions real people can take to engage in this important issue.”
— Salt Lake Tribune
DIR. JOSH FOX
RUN-TIME. 2H 07M
Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) comes to the disheartening realisation that it may be too late to stop the consequences of climate change — “I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to watch a few cat videos right now,” he admits 40 minutes into the film.
Then, he suddenly shifts tone. “I need to find the people who found this place of despair, and have gotten back up.” Fox embarks on a journey across 12 countries to meet the citizen-activists that can answer the question: what is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?
DIR. Diane Tuft
Weaving together haikus, stunning photography, and deeply personal interviews, Coastal Requiem is poetic, beautiful and thoughtful in its reflection on the displacement caused by rising sea levels.
“Astonishment. Pure, lurid, ravishing, genuine astonishment. That is Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.”
DIR. Jennifer Baichwal
RUN-TIME. 1H 27M
This stunningly photographed documentary from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky is an unforgettable cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet.
Narrated by Alicia Vikander, Anthropocene offers a sobering overview of the horrific ecological scarring brought about by industrial-scale extractivism.
It’ll leave you filled with awe and horror in equal measure, in a way very few films can.
DIR. Danila Volkov
A visually arresting snapshot of the damage of land misuse and water diversion in Central Asia, leading to the Aral Sea drying up and leaving a desert behind. A great conversation opener about political mismanagement and inaction.
“What makes this film so strong is that it shakes us in our black-and-white thinking.”
DIR. MARCUS VETTER
RUN-TIME. 1H 55M
Every year, leading figures from international politics, business and academia gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Marcus Vetter was the first filmmaker to be granted behind-the-scenes access.
The film closely follows the event in both 2018 and 2019, giving a fascinating insight into the evolution of global politics in recent years.
In 2018, the status quo is alive and well with guests such as Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron. But when 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg shows up in 2019, a question is brought to the fore: What is dialogue without action?
DIR. Mark Decena
Our current economic model is based on extraction from the planet and from the many for the benefit of the very few. What would a more sustainable economy look like, and how can we rethink our relationship to resources, work and culture?
“In challenging the paradigm of growth, the film is the perfect prism through which to see the apocalyptic period we have entered.”
— counter punch
DIR. Florian Opitz
RUN-TIME. 1H 35M
Many people in positions of power believe continual and exponential growth to be immutable as gravity. But can we pursue growth forever?
Speaking to economists, industrialists, hedge fund managers, agribusiness farmers, engineers, and more, System Error dives into the machine of perpetual growth and asks us: has the system become disconnected from reality? and are we losing our control of it in the never-ending pursuit of profit?
With an inquisitive structure and sleek cinematography, System Error is a masterful demonstration of the complex nature of our world and systems we have created.
DIR. Julia Curry
Melting Point paints an emotionally honest portrait of a young woman’s experience with eco-anxiety and the hope she rediscovers when she joins a collective climate action movement.
“When you look at the theories of non-violent protest, particularly the 198 non-violent weapons,those are the absolute lifeblood of Extinction Rebellion.”
— XR spokesperson
DIR. Ruaridh Arrow
RUN-TIME. 1H 20M
This BAFTA-winning documentary profiles the ideas and impact of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp — the world’s leading expert on non-violent system change.
Sharp’s book From Dictatorship to Democracy, listing 198 “weapons” of direct action, has become the standard manual for rebel groups around the world.
By showing the sheer force of non-violent people power, this film can inspire future movements to develop effective strategies for non-violent system change in the face of apparently overwhelming odds.
Fight for the Bight illustrates the inspiring story of a community coming together to protect their home on the south coast of Australia. This short film reminds us of the power of grassroots resistance against the institutional structures perpetuating climate change.
“Naomi Klein applies her fine, fierce, and meticulous mind to the greatest, most urgent questions of our times. Her work has changed the terms of the debate. I count her among the most inspirational political thinkers in the world today.”
— Arundhati Roy, author of
Capitalism: A Ghost Story
DIR. Avi Lewis
NARRATOR. Naomi Klein
COUNTRY. USA / CANADA
RUN-TIME. 1H 30M
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?
This Changes Everything shows how a movement of grassroots activists are beginning to turn the tide against the power of the extractive industries — in fact they’re starting to win. The global solidarity of the grassroots is the bedrock of climate action, proving that people can still topple power.
Based on Naomi Klein’s movement-defining book, the film builds to a provocative idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform the failed system of consumer capitalism into something radically better.
DIR. Lev Voloshin
This delightful animated short asks the audience to reflect on the question: where does all our waste go? Through following the journey of trash, The Flat prompts us to rethink the blind notion that once our waste leaves our house it is no longer our problem.
“None of the ideas explored here are
pies in the sky. Whether technological or systems-based solutions, they all exist now and could be massively expanded to huge global benefit.”
DIR. damon gameau
RUN-TIME. 1H 32M
Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to discover what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.
Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.
2040 is one of the most innovative, impactful and heartwarming calls to get to work to bring this vision of the future to life.
DIR. Reed Rickert
An atmospheric portrayal of the Machiguenga people of the Amazon – who believe that, instead of extracting food and resources, we should be in a relationship of mutual exchange with nature.
“Perhaps the best film on sustainability I have ever seen. A film all decision-makers, from city to private, should have to see.”
— American Documentary Film Festival
DIR. Rob Herring & Ryan Wirick
RUN-TIME. 1H 36M
Our world is interconnected, and more often than not, addressing one problem goes a long way to solving another. The Need to Grow shows the astonishing potential of healthy soil as a climate solution — and that being part of the solution yourself is more easy and rewarding than you might think.
Follow a young girl, a regenerative urban farmer and an inventor whilst they solve our food system crisis and work towards saving the planet at the same time. This film highlights our need for an agricultural revolution, and the amazing people and methods already leading the way.
DIR. Matt Hopkins
A beautifully crafted short telling a story of disruptive creativity: the story of Silo, a restaurant serving an award-winning menu using a zero-waste food system designed from scratch. Testament to the power of thinking outside the box.
“Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer turn themselves into test subjects in this hugely entertaining study of America's culture of excess.”
DIR. Grant Baldwin
COUNTRY. CANADA, UK, USA
RUN-TIME. 1H 15M
Follow Grant and Jenny as they expose the insanity of our tendency to throw away good food.
Massively entertaining, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story follows the duo as they dive into the issue of waste from farm to retail and all the way to the back of their own fridge.
Having witnessed the madness, they decide to spend months dumpster-diving behind stores and homes to eat only what they find. The results are shocking and will leave you hungry for change.