Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
FOOD BEWARE follows an experiment in a small village in the mountains of France, where - in opposition to powerful economic interests - the town's mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic, with much of it grown locally. Featuring interviews with children, parents, teachers, health care workers, journalists, farmers, elected officials, scientists and researchers, we learn about challenges and rewards of their stand - both the abuses of industry as well as the practical solutions at hand. What will it take to save our health? This moving testament to one community's answer is food for thought, and provides a blueprint for a growing revolution. http://www.amazon.com/Food-Beware-French-Organic-Revolution/dp/B002...
In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan, behind a wall of barbed wire and "Keep Out” signs, lies a shocking secret. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji engage in an unseen hunt for thousands of dolphins. The nature of the work is so horrifying, a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep it hidden from the world. But when an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers embark on a covert mission to penetrate the cove, they discover that the shocking atrocities they find there are just the tip of the iceberg. http://www.amazon.com/Cove-Richard-OBarry/dp/B002PLMJ74/ref=pd_sim_...
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.
From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.
From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.
What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you're renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "Earthship Biotecture" by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century. http://www.garbagewarrior.com/
‘Dirty Oil’ powerfully illustrates the devastating impact that Albertan tar sands developments are having on the environment and local First Nation communities.
Petropolis: Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler's "Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands" offers an unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project.
H2oil: In the vast, pristine forests of Western Canada, the ‘war for water’ has already begun… Thanks to Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands, Canada is now the biggest oil supplier to the United States. The people of Fort Chipewyan are already paying the price for what will be one of the largest industrial projects in history.
The Future of Food, a groundbreaking documentary released in 2004, distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the troubling changes happening in the food system today—genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food—into terms the average person can easily understand. It empowers consumers to understand the consequences of their food choices on our future.
Modern Life: documentary about the demise of trasition in French farming. Available from BFI
Bamako: Malian film, ostensibly putting the West on trial for its policies, and which has provoked lots of comment. See reviews in Salon, Time Out etc. I think we spoke about this a while back. Available from BFI
Bananas!*: Brand new documentary about the banana industry, which is about to be released in UK via Dogwoof. Good review in this month's Sight & Sound
For reasons unknown I have a deep affection for Mali and was very moved by it. Although it's not a fast paced film it is engaging and tells a tale worth telling in an unusual way. So a candidate for the programme.