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The Global Environmental Justice Documentaries

Award-winning films from around the world explore human rights and environmental protection issues triggered by inequality, global development and climate change.  

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5x5 Voices of Change from the Forests of Indonesia5x5 Voices of Change from the Forests of Indonesia

Five  films, each five minutes in length, examine the impact of illegal logging and oil palm plantations on the forest ecosystems that indigenous communities in Indonesia rely on.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 2008 ♦ 25 minutes
A River Changes CourseA River Changes Course

A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A River Changes Course traces a devastating and beautiful story of an ancient culture ravaged by globalization

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 83 minutes
Arrows Against the WindArrows Against the Wind

West Papua, the "Amazon of Asia" is a vast tropical rainforest that has been occupied for  25,000 years.  The Dani and the Asmat people have lived in spiritual harmony with the land for millennia. Now they are threatened by Indonesia's policy of assimilation and the destruction of their lands.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 1993 ♦ 52 minutes
Before the Flood   IBefore the Flood I

Part I. The residents of the ancient Chinese cities of Fengjie clash with officials forcing them to evacuate their homes -- along with millions of other residents -- to make way for the massive Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 2005 ♦ 147 minutes
Before the Flood IIBefore the Flood II

Part II. Yan Yu follows up his first film with Before the Flood II, a profile of the residents of Gongtan, a 1700-year-old village soon to be demolished and flooded during the construction of Three Gorges dams and reservoir.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 2008 ♦ 60 minutes
Beijing Besieged By WasteBeijing Besieged By Waste

Director Wang Jiuliang traces the flow of garbage from his apartment to hundreds of toxic and illegal dumps grazed by sheep and plowed under by developers on the expanding edge of Beijing. He also discovers a determined community of scavengers who live in the wastelands.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 2011 ♦ 72 minutes ♦ 1
Blood and GoldBlood and Gold

Western governments and investors are lining up to stake a claim on the rich resources of Myanmar.  But in 2011 a brutal civil war reignites in Kachin State between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese Army.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 24 minutes ♦ Viewer Advisory: Contains graphic war footage
Come Hell or High WaterCome Hell or High Water

The journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 60 minutes
Dams, Drugs and DemocracyDams, Drugs and Democracy

The massive Myitsone dam in northern Myanmar, funded by China, is a flashpoint in a civil war between the Kachin insurgency and the Burmese Army.  A team of local journalists investigate the  continuing struggle for control of Myanmar's rich natural resources.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 62 minutes ♦ Viewer Advisory Includes short sections of news footage of drug use and injuries from civil war.
Death by DesignDeath by Design

Subtitled The Dirty Secred of our Digital Addiction, Death by Design investigates the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs.

Global Environmental Justice ♦ 73 minutes ♦ Viewer Advisory Includes frank discussion of depression and suicide

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