Environmental Studies

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Understanding our changing environment, and the impact which we can have on it (for better or worse) is key to the future of humanity.

Environmental Studies Collection

  • The Great Invisible | Director: Margaret Brown  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    The story of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.
    On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oilrig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away.
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    Fukushima – A Nuclear Story | Director: Matteo Gagliardi  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Italy | Language: English, Italian, Japanese (with full English subtitles available)

    What was it that saved Tokyo from a nuclear disaster? Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this is the story of the foreign journalists who were are allowed to enter the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant after waiting two years to uncover the truth about the 2011 accident hidden behind those walls. The ex-premier Naoto Kan reveals the events as they really happened. Using digital reconstruction to elucidate the scientific complexities of the accident, the film uncovers the layers of accountability at play.
  • Chasing Ice | Director: Jeff Orlowski  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
    Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
  • Wastecooking | Director: Georg Misch  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Austria | Language: Dutch, English, French, German (with full English subtitles available)

    According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization a third of all food produced worldwide is thrown away. In Europe, this is equivalent to 89 tons of groceries per year. How can we stop this waste? Author and cook David Gross goes on a road trip through Europe, cooking exclusively what others throw away. He meets unconventional top chefs, food activists, scientists and gourmets and forces us to question our everyday consumer lifestyle.
  • 10 Billion – What’s On Your Plate? | Director: Valentin Thurn  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Germany | Language: English, German (with full English subtitles available)

    By 2050, the world population will grow to ten billion people. In the midst of the heated debate about food security comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution - from artificial meat, insects, industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation. Director, best-selling author and Food Fighter Valentin Thurn (box office hit Taste The Waste) seeks for worldwide solutions and gives room for innovation and inspiring visions for our future.
  • Footprints of War | Director: Maximilian M. Mönch  
    Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Germany | Language: English, French, German, Vietnamese (with full English subtitles available)

    Military attacks have alarming consequences on our ecosystem. The military footprint is huge, with contaminated radioactive landscapes, millions of tons of ammunition filling our oceans, and toxic land heaps. Modern warfare accounts for ten percent of global carbon emissions - From the First World War until today, nature has come under fire.
    FOOTPRINTS OF WAR presents a search around the globe and through history to uncover the extent of this modern ecocide.
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    The Rainbow Warriors Of Waiheke Island | Director: Suzanne Raes  
    Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: Netherlands | Language: Dutch, English (with full English subtitles available)

    25 years ago, the French secret service bombed the Rainbow Warrior, sinking Greenpeace’s flagship and killing a crew member. Some of the original crew now lives together in a harmonious community on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. In addition to interviews with six original members, the film contains shocking images of the consequences of the French nuclear tests, exciting action-packed footage of brave little rubber boats up against threatening whalers, and joyous home movies that bear witness to the exceptional sense of camaraderie that existed on the legendary ship.
  • Land Grabbing | Director: Kurt Langbein  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Austria | Language: English, German, Romanian (with full English subtitles available)

    The world’s farmland is at risk. Demand for land has soared as investors look for places to grow food for export, grow crops for biofuels or simply buy up land for profit. The film gives an inside look into the world of investors in the international agro-business and how the politics of the European Union is involved. Land Grabbing doesn't only happen in Asia and Africa, but also in Romania, which has become known as "Europe's breadbasket". LAND GRABBING takes a closer look at what's happening to land and agriculture in Europe, whilst also challenging investors and their practices.
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    Black Wave | Director: Robert Cornellier  
    Year of production: 2008 | Country of production: Canada | Language: Arabic, English (with full English subtitles available)

    In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history. For twenty years, Riki Ott and the fishermen of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world’s most powerful oil company – ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social and economic consequences of the black wave that changed their lives forever. This is the legacy of the Exxon Valdez.
  • Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic | Director: Corina Gamma  
    Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: Switzerland, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    In the fragile ecosystem of the North, climate change is most visible. Greenland’s ice sheet is melting rapidly, attracting curious scientists to study its cause and effect. At the island’s periphery, indigenous Inuit have relied on the seasonal sea ice for many centuries, for food and for clothing. Today, their lives are greatly affected by the changing climate, weather and water. In the striking landscape of Greenland, the documentary takes the audience to distinct geographical locations in Greenland: The Inland Ice Sheet, the capital Nuuk, Disko Bay and the village of Siorapaluk, a settlement that lies closest to the North Pole.
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