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New Date: September 23-27, 2020

Festival

  • 2077 – Somewhere on Planet Earth

    2077 – Somewhere on Planet Earth

    2020
    Director: Silvia Zeitlinger (Italy)
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    Two monkeys in the future philosophize about a species that went extinct.

  • A Fistful of Rubbish

    A Fistful of Rubbish

    2020
    Director: David Regos (Spain)
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    The Tabernas Desert in Spain, Europe’s only desert, is famous for being the backdrop of many Spaghetti Western films. It’s now sadly being trashed and locals are forming a posse to take matters into their own hands.

  • A Walk Through the Land of a Thousand Hills

    A Walk Through the Land of a Thousand Hills

    2020
    Director: Chema Domenech (Rwanda, USA)
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    A native park ranger shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda, one of the most biodiverse places in the world with almost 300 bird species, 1,000 plant species, and dozens of large and small mammals.

  • Antarctic – Little Animal

    Antarctic – Little Animal

    2020
    Director: Paola de Sousa (France)
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    Charming animated journey of a seal and a penguin from New Zealand to Antarctica.

  • Back to Nature

    Back to Nature

    2020
    Director: João Pomberio (Portugal)
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    Trippy musical journey into humankind’s relationship with the natural world with glimpses of a future harmonious utopia.

  • Beyond the Philth

    Beyond the Philth

    2020
    Director: Marlee Snyder, Renee Cinningham, Christina Karos, Emily Moser, Mengyuan Cao (USA)
    0:15

    This local student short explores the subject of trash in Philadelphia and discovers that the issues are greater than the trash itself.

  • Chiripajas

    Chiripajas

    2020
    Director: Olga Poliektova, Jaume Quiles (Russian Federation, Spain)
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    The big adventure of one small turtle, trying to find his family and faced with the pressing problem of a polluted ocean.

  • Detroit Hives

    Detroit Hives

    2020
    Director: Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg (USA)
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    A young couple from East Detroit work hard to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit residents, rebuilding their inner-city community one hive at a time.

  • Electrifying India

    Electrifying India

    2020
    Director: Sam Eaton (India)
    0:11

    A solar power grid brings opportunity and change to a rural Indian village.

  • Euphoria

    Euphoria

    2020
    Director: Katalin Egely (Hungary)
    0:04

    Sophisticated and elegant animation on the paradox between man and nature.

  • Fantastic Fungi

    Fantastic Fungi

    2020
    Director: Louie Schwartzberg (USA)
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    Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. Fantastic Fungi is a revelatory time-lapse journey, from 2019 Maui Film Festival Visionary Award honoree and director Louie Schwartzberg, about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago. Better yet, you’ll see it through the eyes of mycologists, like renowned Paul Stamets exing about the unlimited potential of fungi in the fields of food, medicine, expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Ferryman at the Wall

    Ferryman at the Wall

    2020
    Director: David Freid (Mexico, USA)
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    For the past 40 years, the ferryman of Big Bend, TX, has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life – but now a big border wall might get in the way.

  • Fighting Fire with Fire

    Fighting Fire with Fire

    2020
    Director: Sinead Santich (USA)
    0:03

    Tribal Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe leads students through a “cultural burn,” teaching them the historic indigenous tradition used as a tool to alleviate devastating wildfires.

  • Gajah Borneo

    Gajah Borneo

    2020
    Director: Shervin Hess (USA)
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    Inspired by real events, the story of a Borneo pygmy elephant calf in a land ruled by palm oil comes to life in stop motion animation made out of recycled paper.

  • Honeyland

    Honeyland

    2020
    Director: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov (The Republic of Macedonia)
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    In the remote mountains of Macedonia, the last female beekeeper tends to her hives using ancient techniques and following the golden rule for sustainable honey cultivation: take half, but leave half for the bees. When an itinerant Turkish family moves in next door, her peaceful existence and nature’s delicate balance is threatened. This stunning film won three awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, including the grand jury prize for documentary in world cinema showcase, and is the first film in history to receive two 2020 Academy Award nominations, for best documentary and best international feature.

  • Ice on Fire

    Ice on Fire

    2020
    Director: Leila Conners (USA, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, UK)
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    Can we reverse climate change? Ice on Fire explores the many ways we can reduce carbon inputs to the atmosphere and, more important, how to draw carbon down, bringing CO2 out of the atmosphere and thus paving the way for global temperatures to go down. We have heard the predictions, but now climate-related events are a daily reality. Reversing climate change is urgent. Through visionaries and scientists young and old, the film explores the deep hope that we can turn away from the brink.

  • In Your Hands

    In Your Hands

    2020
    Director: Brandon Moore (USA)
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    This powerful repurposing of an historic speech asks viewers to look inward and rediscover our connection with the natural world.

  • Insect Garden – Butterfly Paradise

    Insect Garden – Butterfly Paradise

    2020
    Director: Tim Visser (Netherlands)
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    82-year-old Willem transformed a remote potato farm into one of the most important butterfly habitats in the region for over 40 years. But due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, Willem’s flower rich butterfly paradise is being slowly driven away by a monoculture of grass.

  • Kofi and Lartey

    Kofi and Lartey

    2020
    Director: Sasha Rainbow (Ghana, USA, New Zealand)
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    The moving story of a man who escaped his village in Ghana, one of the most toxic places in the world with Africa’s largest electronic waste dump, and his fight to try and empower two young boys to do the same.

  • Land Without Evil

    Land Without Evil

    2020
    Director: Katalin Egely (Hungary)
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    This gorgeous animation based on Paraguayan mythology asks:  what if the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?

  • Let’s Go To Antarctica!

    Let’s Go To Antarctica!

    2020
    Director: Gonzaga Manso (Antarctica, Spain)
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    A funny and sardonic short that pokes gentle fun at eco-tourism.

  • Lowland Kids

    Lowland Kids

    2020
    Director: Sandra Winther (USA)
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    As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight a losing battle to stay on an island that’s been their family home for generations.

  • Microplastic Madness

    Microplastic Madness

    2020
    Director: Atsuko Quirk, Debby Lee Cohen (USA)
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    Brooklyn fifth graders take on the roles of citizen scientists, community leaders, and advocates, taking a deep dive into the root causes of plastic pollution. At their school they take action to rid their cafeteria of single-use plastic, leading to city-wide action and a youth-led “plastic-free” movement.  An inspirational and optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with a powerful “take action” message.  

  • Mni Wiconi: Water is Life

    Mni Wiconi: Water is Life

    2020
    Director: Miguel Antonio Genz (USA)
    0:03

    Animated musical short aims to create social awareness regarding contamination of natural resources. Dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  • Modified

    Modified

    2020
    Director: Aube Giroux (Canada)
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    In this visual celebration of food and family, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada --  despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Through their shared love of food, the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies is revealed, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. This multiple award-winning documentary was praised by world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin and won the 2019 James Beard Broadcast Media Award for best documentary.

  • Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

    Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

    2020
    Director: Alexander John Gulstrom (USA)
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    Mossville, Louisiana, a community founded by freed slaves, was once a thriving, safe haven. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their spewing black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes; those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos stands one man who refuses to abandon his family’s land and fights for basic human rights in this powerful portrait of resilience.

  • Not a Pet

    Not a Pet

    2020
    Director: Andrea Walji (UK)
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    Hundreds of cheetah cubs are stolen from the wild each year, decimating the wild population in Africa, to be smuggled illegally into the Middle East and sold as pets. This short looks at the illegal wildlife pet trade and the role social media plays in the trade of exotic animals online.

  • Organize for Our Lives

    Organize for Our Lives

    2020
    Director: Isaak Popkin (USA)
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    What motivates young people to leave school and strike to call attention to global climate injustice? Through interviews with organizers and documentary coverage of the December 6, 2019, Climate Strike in Philadelphia, this student short sheds light on the answer.

  • Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story

    Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story

    2020
    Director: Soozie Eastman (USA)
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    Before starting a family, Soozie Eastman, daughter of an industrial chemical distributor, embarks on a journey to find out the levels of toxins in her body and explore what might be done to reduce them. She finds out that hundreds of synthetic toxins are now found in every baby born in America, and that government and chemical corporations are doing little to protect citizens. With guidance from world-renowned physicians and environmental leaders, interviews with scientists and politicians, and stories of everyday Americans, Soozie uncovers how we got to be so overloaded with chemicals and if there’s anything we can do to control our exposure.

  • Park Champions: Neighborhood Volunteers

    Park Champions: Neighborhood Volunteers

    2020
    Director: James Wasserman, Valerie Keller, Richard Ladkani (USA)
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    People from across the city come out to help beautify their beloved Fairmount Park

  • Petty’s Island: A Journey Back to Nature

    Petty’s Island: A Journey Back to Nature

    2020
    Director: Aidin Mickel, Jr (USA)
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    A historical look at four centuries that shaped Petty’s Island, located in the Delaware River across from Camden, NJ.. The story is told from the perspective of the island as witness to events which took it from wilderness to various stages of development over the centuries and now is being returned to a natural state.

  • Plastic Addiction

    Plastic Addiction

    2020
    Director: Taylor Redman (Hawaii, USA)
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    Hawaiian students deliver a pseudo-PSA addressing our modern addiction to plastic.

  • PolarBarry – Let’s Break the Ice!

    PolarBarry – Let’s Break the Ice!

    2020
    Director: Wouter Dijkstra (Netherlands)
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    An animated, mischievous polar bear interviews random eccentric North Pole characters about their views on climate change with varying results.

  • Racoon and the Light

    Racoon and the Light

    2020
    Director: Hanna Kim (USA)
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    Charming animated adventure of a racoon finding a flashlight in the woods.

  • Renewal: Think Like a Scientist

    Renewal: Think Like a Scientist

    2020
    Director: Jessica Plumb (USA)
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    A young scientist from the Lower Elwah Klallam Tribe in the Pacific Northwest chronicles the largest dam removal in history in this heart-warming story of transformation and restoration.

  • Rocky Intertidal Zone

    Rocky Intertidal Zone

    2020
    Director: Irene Tejaratchi Hess (USA)
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    A 7-year-old boy explores the Oregon Coast. Toy dinosaurs, art materials, and a small tank inspire his musings about ancient and present day life.

  • Sea of Shadows

    Sea of Shadows

    2020
    Director: Richard Ladkani (Austria)
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    When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers target the rare and valuable totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, they also decimate the population of the vaquita, the world’s smallest whale. Environmental activists, marine biologists and undercover investigators join forces on a desperate mission to expose this black-market ring and save the vaquita from almost certain extinction in this real-life environmental thriller. Audience award winner at 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

  • See Animals

    See Animals

    2020
    Director: Scott Wenner (USA)
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    An elegant animated meditation on the beginning of the Sixth Extinction.

  • Shad Run

    Shad Run

    2020
    Director: Ben Dorger, Becky Harlan (USA)
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    The dedicated people who restored American shad to the Potomac River, after years of decline, illustrate what it means to care about your corner of the world. This is a story of place, possibility, and determination.

  • The Call of the Pashmina

    The Call of the Pashmina

    2020
    Director: Taira Malaney (India)
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    A Kashmiri man quits his job and embarks on a journey to become a shepherd. Six years later, he starts the Pashmina Goat Project – an NGO to protect the Changpa community and their goats from the harsh implications of climate change.

  • The Cholita Climbers of Bolivia Scale Mountains in Skirts

    The Cholita Climbers of Bolivia Scale Mountains in Skirts

    2020
    Director: Mariano Carranza (Bolivia)
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    “Cholitas” are Bolivian women with indigenous heritage known for their colorful attire. In the world’s highest capital city of La Paz, Bolivia, Cholitas are on a mission to overcome sexism and climb mountains in their traditional garb, stopping at nothing to attain the feeling of freedom that comes from scaling great heights.

  • The Emergency Brake

    The Emergency Brake

    2020
    Director: Macy How (Canada)
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    A student short set to the powerful words of Greta Thunberg, made by students who are passionate about the state of their world and future.

  • The Evolution of the Ocean

    The Evolution of the Ocean

    2020
    Director: Rafael Fernando Caballero (Spain)
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    Stunning cinematography captures the wonderful and constant evolution of the ocean. Inspired by the last sentence of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: “Whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

  • The Great Green Wall

    The Great Green Wall

    2020
    Director: Jared P. Scott (Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia, UK)
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    The effects of climate change on Africa’s Sahel region are devastating. Yet hope lies in the Great Green Wall—an ambitious reforestation project spanning the entire continent – as a way to fight back against climate change and to restore economies. In this highly entertaining story of resilience and self-determination (executive-produced by Fernando Meirelles, Academy Award-nominee of “City of God”), Malian musician and activist Inna Modja journeys from Senegal to Djibouti gathering stories and sharing songs with those on the frontline of the fight to save their land and their ways of life.  

  • The Guardian Elephant Warriors of Reteti

    The Guardian Elephant Warriors of Reteti

    2020
    Director: Ami Vitale (Kenya, USA)
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    Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first ever community-owned and -run elephant sanctuary in Africa. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. A powerful story about the changing relationship between people and the animals they are protecting.

  • The River and The Wall

    The River and The Wall

    2020
    Director: Ben Masters (USA)
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    Five adventurous friends travel through the wilds of the Texas borderlands, journeying 1,200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes. They set out to document the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but as wilderness gives way to the more populated Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

  • The Story of Plastic

    The Story of Plastic

    2020
    Director: Deia Schlosberg (Belgium, China, India, Indonesia, Phillipines, USA)
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    An important and provocative exposé, this film brings into focus the alarming, human-made crisis of a world overflowing with toxic material. Using striking footage, original animations, and archival material that highlight the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics, the film sheds new light on this threat to the life and health of animals, humans and civilization of Earth – and the global movement rising up in response.

  • The Wasted Effort

    The Wasted Effort

    2020
    Director: Muhammed Bozbey (Turkey)
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    In a small town in Turkey, a man casually throws away half a loaf of bread when it becomes stale. Time starts to rewind and we see everything that had to happen to get that loaf of bread to his table.

  • Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

    Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

    2020
    Director: Eva Kauai (Canada)
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    Nunavik native women practice the mesmerizing art of throat singing in their small Inuit village. Their voices carry through the four seasons of their Arctic land.

  • Tribes on the Edge

    Tribes on the Edge

    2020
    Director: Céline Cousteau (USA/Brazil)
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    Building on a family legacy of exploration and environmental filmmaking, Céline Cousteau journeys to the Brazilian Amazon at the request of tribal leaders to bear witness to the indigenous communities' fight for survival. She shares their rarely seen stories of cultural pride and traditional ways of life set against the legacy of colonialism, and documents the ever-present threats to their land and their looming health crises triggered by contact with outsiders.

  • Words Have Power

    Words Have Power

    2020
    Director: Lynne Cherry (USA)
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    10-year-old Jaysa rallies the community with her speeches about how the local power plant causes asthma and other health problems. When they succeed in shutting down the power plant, she concludes that “words have power.”