The Global Environmental Justice Documentaries

The Global Environmental Justice documentaries explore human rights and environmental protection issues triggered by inequality, global development and climate change.  The films were selected by faculty and are supported by teaching guides. The project will launch with 25 films focusing on under-reportred stories from Asia and North America, and will add stories from other regions over time.  The project is supported by the Luce Foundation and the Global Reporting Centre and is produced by Face to Face Media.  Underwriting from the foundation will make this collection available at a greatly reduced cost.  For more information please visit the home page

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The Global Environmental Justice Documentaries includes the following titles:

5x5 Voices of Change from the Forests of Indonesia - image5x5 Voices of Change from the Forests of Indonesia

A series of five documentary films examining the human stories behind illegal logging in Indonesia.

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Global Environmental Justice | 2008 | 25 minutes
A River Changes Course - imageA River Changes Course

Sheds light on basic and fundamental challenges people face in the effort to eat, make a living, and have a meaningful family life amid Cambodia’s changing economic and environmental landscapes.

Global Environmental Justice | 2013 | 83 minutes
Arrows Against the Wind - imageArrows 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 I - imageBefore 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 II - imageBefore 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 Waste - imageBeijing 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 Gold - imageBlood and Gold

Deep in the wilds of northern Myanmar's Kachin state a brutal civil war has intensified over the past year between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

Global Environmental Justice | 2012 | 24 minutes | Viewer Advisory: Contains graphic war footage
Come Hell or High Water - imageCome 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 | 2014 | 56 minutes
Dams, Drugs and Democracy - imageDams, Drugs and Democracy

Tells the story of a plan to dam the Irrawaddy River at its source: Myitsone, in Kachin State, northern Myanmar.

Global Environmental Justice | 2015 | 62 minutes | Viewer Advisory Includes short sections of news footage of drug use and injuries from civil war.
Death By Design - imageDeath By Design

Death By Design investigates the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs.

Global Environmental Justice | 2017 | 73 minutes | Viewer Advisory Includes frank discussion of depression and suicide

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