Nominate the films you want us to screen.
Here's what we are considering at the moment:
Grasp The Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police - and themselves - in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the framework of consumer society.
"a vital grassroots documentary which grapples unflinchingly with activism and protest in austerity Britain" - Leeds Film Fest
"A powerful Film" - Guardian
"Fascinating and hugely uplifting" **** - ViewLondon
A film about the grassroots initiatives in Greece that form another world right here and now, away from the crisis and beyond capitalism (Greek narration, English subtitles in captions).
We live in an upside world. Right now in the planet there is a unjust distribution and accumulation of wealth, inflation of social injustice, restriction of basic rights and freedom, and an unprecedented depletion of natural resources.
Although global GDP has quintupled since 1980, the gap between rich and poor is expanding, while also the number of people living below the poverty line constantly increases. 1% of the richest in the world holds 40% of the world productive resources, while the richest 10% owns more than 85% of global wealth.
The constant economic growth of the past decades with emphasis on dirty carbon economy, proved to be unsustainable since intensified inequalities, reduced the living standard destroyed natural resources and finally transformed itself into an underdevelopment disconnected from social welfare.
This economy of markets and consumption managed to erase from people’s memory that there was a time, when another world used to put limits to growth, emphasized in cooperation rather than competition and appreciated the gifts and exchange as bonds of human solidarity. The new paradigm of degrowth puts forth that there may be human progress without continuing economic growth as this is unsustainable and led to the current crisis.
Since 2010, in crisis-Greece they have grown like mushrooms, dozens of movements and civil initiatives in order to reclaim life, the commons, creative free time and production processes.
A first attempt of networking between several of these initiatives was made through the online platform “Enas allos kosmos” (another world), which is a web tool for communication, cooperation and sharing experience.
In January 2013, Laura Poitras started receiving anonymous encrypted e-mails from "CITIZENFOUR," who claimed to have evidence of illegal covert surveillance programs run by the NSA in collaboration with other intelligence agencies worldwide. Five months later, she and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The resulting film is history unfolding before our eyes.
Filmmaker Damon Lee Patterson attempts to immortalize the power of art in his feature documentary Art Saved My Life. The film aims to show how art has the power to transform, heal, progress, enrich, and even saves someones life.
The movie features interviews with Tech N9ne, Bobby Watson, Shane Evans, Sheila E, Brian Kennedy, Alexander Austin, Natasha Ria El-Scari, Lonnie McFadden, Moses Brings Plenty, Theresa Goodman, Nicolette Paige, Luna Breeze Blakeman, Lovey Jane Van Benthusen, Justin Brewster of The KC Marching Falcons, and Scott Harlan Brownlee.
This is a movie about how we have left the natural connection to the planet. The movie investigates how this has happened, the incredible amounts of pollutants that we are exposed to, even as a fetus, and the technology that can help resolve these challenges over time. In short, it is an important case that is made for using renewable energy.
The Origins narrator states: “The macrocosm and the microcosm are reflections of each other, and what we see on a large scale, will inevitably show up on a smaller scale and vice versa. With this in mind, we need to look at the health of our planet in order to understand what is happening in our own lives.” Tom Malterre adds: “We’re up to 74 billion pounds of chemicals being produced or imported into the United States every single day. That’s 250 pounds per person per day…. That number does not even include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, fuels and food additives…. So, what are we doing? We are swimming now in chemicals.”
Journeying across the North American landscape, "The Culture High" is the riveting story that tears into the very fibre of modern day marijuana prohibition to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and those who oppose the existing pot laws.
With budgets to fight the war reaching billions and arrests for simple possession skyrocketing to nearly a million annually, the debate over marijuana's legality has reached epic proportions. Utilizing the quirky yet profound nature of its predecessor, ""The Union: The Business Behind Getting High"", "The Culture High" raises the stakes with some of today's biggest names, unprecedented access to footage previously unobtainable, and incredibly moving testimonials from both sides of the spectrum.
Top celebrities, former undercover agents, university professors and a slew of unforgettable characters from all points of view come together for an amusing yet insightful portrait of cannabis prohibition and the grasp it has on society as a whole.
Defenders of the Spirit Forest is a film set in the rainforests of Cambodia. The Cardamom mountains are a remaining jewel of biodiversity in a country where forests are dwindling fast. Still home to rare species like the Siamese crocodile and Asian elephant, the forest is under great pressure from people exploiting its natural resources.
This film explores the pressures from the perspective of the local indigenous people who have been custodians of the forest for generations. For them the forest and its creatures are part of a rich spiritual world that is respected and revered. Now their lives are under threat from a proposed hydro-electric dam which threatens to sweep away their land and the sacred forests on which they depend.
How to Change the World - In Vancouver, amidst the cultural ferment of the late 1960s, a small group of friends set out to shift the way people think about the place of humans in nature. Today’s Greenpeace, with its 41 national offices around the globe and 2.7 million members, had its origins in the activities of a handful of ‘mystics and mechanics’ in one small city forty years ago.
Challenging where our energy comes from and who profits from it can seem a little eccentric… After all, not everyone has solar panels bolted above the doorstep. Green economy educator David Chernushenko does, and they generate more than enough energy to go around. So why can’t he share it? New technologies mean that energy security is within our grasp, but harsh resistance is still being met. Debunking some of the spin of the big energy lobby, David embarks on a global journey to discover what a sustainable future might actually look like.
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her.
In the far future, man has destroyed the Earth in the "Seven Days of Fire". Now, there are small pockets of humanity that survive. One pocket is the Valley of Wind where a princess named Nausicaä tries to understand, rather than destroy the Toxic Jungle.
With the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a CEO with ties to the world's main food supply.
The leaders of of an ancient hidden civilization in South America want to show us how to avoid destroying the planet. They travel with an aging British film maker and 400 kilometers of gold thread to trace invisible connections in nature.
An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, and believes to find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day.
A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in Wood Green in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.
Sacred Economics (12mins)
Traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.
Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being. This short contains some visuals from the upcoming feature doc Occupy Love http://occupylove.org
Seed Matters: http://vimeo.com/113594013 (7mins) captures some of the voices from The Great Seed Festival which took place in October, 2014 to raise awareness of the importance of seed, and to celebrate seed, food and biodiversity.
In Solidarity: http://vimeo.com/113713748 (5mins) - Highlights threats of mining and fracking..
WORLD PEACE IS A LOCAL ISSUE (28 mins)
documents how local efforts can impact national issues. The story begins in 1983, showing worldwide efforts to reverse the escalation of the nuclear arms race.
Apocalyptic Future (12 mins)
With fast development of urbanization in China, the air pollution becomes worse and worse which has been a big challenge of both government and citizens. Beijing, the capital city in China, is under attack by fog and haze. The air suspension with a lot of smoke,dust particles,make the line of sight fuzzy and lead to decreased visibility.
Disruption (52 mins)
This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.
Disruption premiered on September 7th at http://watchdisruption.com. Join the Peoples Climate March at http://peoplesclimate.org
This 20 minute short film presents a huge social problem called technological unemployment. Whilst doing so, the film also presents two potential solutions to this major social issue. The transitional path described in the film concerns a transition towards a job guarantee program of environmentally sustainable, socially and scientifically beneficial jobs through a public service program organised by the government, coupled with an eventual transition towards an Unconditional Basic Income.
It is up to the viewer to decide on whether they see such a transitional path being a realistic consideration for governments around the world to think about.
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So, what should we screen?
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