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Global Environmental Justice Collection

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 launched with 25 films and now includes 36, focusing on under-reported 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 Collection includes the following titles:

5x5: Voices of Change from the Forests of Indonesia + Hope: Indigenous Climate Change Solutions - image5x5: Voices of Change from the Forests of Indonesia + Hope: Indigenous Climate Change Solutions

*New Film Added Fall 2020* 
Five short films from Indigenous communities across Indonesia show their response to threats to their forests posed by miners, loggers, palm oil plantations and global warming. In the sixth film a Dayak Iban community inspires hope as it offers a simple solution to the global cllimate crisis.


Global Environmental Justice | 2008 | 37 minutes
A New Moon Over Tohoku - imageA New Moon Over Tohoku

* New film added Fall 2020 * 
A New Moon Over Tohoku is a moving story of love, survival, and Japanese tradition in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan. film chronicles the healing journey of both the Canadian-Japanese filmmaker and the Japanese residents affected by the disaster as  Tohoku residents speak out for the first time, breaking away from their cultural silence to share their own stories.

Global Environmental Justice | 2016 | 98 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
Black Tide: Voices from the Gulf - imageBlack Tide: Voices from the Gulf

* New film added Fall 2020 * 

Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger tracks the lives of Louisiana residents living in the aftermath of the largest offshore oil spill in American history.

Global Environmental Justice | 2011 | 87 minutes
Blood and Gold - imageBlood and Gold

Blood and Gold: Inside Burma’s Hidden War explores the intensification of violence as a cease-fire collapses and a civil war flares up between Burma’s government military forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the country’s Kachin State.

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

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