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Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On February 28, 2011 @ 3:20 pm In Architecture,Design,Disaster-proof design,Environment,Film,global development,global warming,Recycling and Composting,Renewable Energy,Urban design,Water Issues | 1 Comment

Gasland, Frakking, hydraulic fracturing, Josh Fox, documentary, environmental documentary

Gasland [1]

Gasland [1] is the a visually provocative story by writer director Josh Fox who was inspired to explore the dangers of gas drilling [1] when he was offered money to drill at his property in Pennsylvania. Certainly one of the most controversial films up for nomination, Gasland [2] documents sever health and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing. The provocative film has raised the ire of the gas mining industry [3] with its nomination but has been well received by both critics and land owners.

Waste Land, garbage pickers, rio, brazil, vik muniz, vik munoz, Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, catadores

Waste Land [4]

Finding triumph in trash, Waste Land [4] follows renowned NY/Brazilian artist Vik Muniz [5] as he ventures from his home in Brooklyn to the world’s largest landfill Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. In this slum, the ‘catadores’ (the colorful characters who pick for recyclables) dig the refuse for recycle materials such as plastic, metal and other sellable items. This uplifting story focuses on the colorful characters who work as pickers at the landfill and the art project they engage in with Muniz [6] to document their lives and shine a light on waste, poverty and the environment.

Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Carteret Islands, Carteret Islanders, Climate Change Refugees,

Sun Come Up [7]

Sun Come Up [7] is a documentary about the people living on the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea, who face an imminent threat to their land from rising sea levels due to climate change. Sun Come Up [7] focuses on the Carteret Islander’s struggle to leave their home island and seek a new home as raising water levels make their land uninhabitable. The Carteret Islanders are met with a complex and aggressive culture as they seek a new home on the Papua New Guinea mainland. This film is a chilling look at just the beginning of what will be a common occurrence of climate change refugees.

Warriors of Quigang, Short documentary, Chinese factory pollution, Zhang Gongli, Warriors of Quigang, anhui provinc

Warriors of Quigang [8]

Warriors of Quigang [8] is a documentary focused on a Chinese village overwhelmed by the pollution of industry. The farmer Zhang Gongli’s field is flooded with toxic effluent from a newly open factory adjacent to his land. When he failed in court to stop the damage he is joined by the village in opposing the polluting industries. The films follow the villager’s efforts to stop the environmental destructive and painful subjugation of a population’s health to feed the world’s insatiable hunger for cheap goods. The five year struggle brings the community closely together to protect their own and their children’s future.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Gasland: http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/

[2] Gasland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasland

[3] raised the ire of the gas mining industry: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/industry-boos-oscar-nod-for-gasland/

[4] Waste Land: http://www.wastelandmovie.com/

[5] Vik Muniz: http://www.vikmuniz.net/

[6] Muniz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vik_Muniz

[7] Sun Come Up: http://www.suncomeup.com/film/Home.html

[8] Warriors of Quigang: http://e360.yale.edu/the_warriors_of_qiugang_a_chinese_village_fights_back/

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