In just over a century, cars have completely transformed our way of life. In many areas, cars are prioritised over people. 62% of urban space is now devoted to roads or car parks and garages are often larger than children’s rooms. Devoting so much public space to the least efficient form of transport has also changed the way we interact with our environment. Children go out much less and watch much more tv. This film examines the implications of our love affair with the car. Directed by Oscar Clemente.
They’re known as ’floating goldmines’. In the fish markets of Tokyo, a single bluefin tuna can sell for over €20,000. But the international trend for sushi has pushed this species to the brink of extinction. In the past 40 years, Western Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks have declined by over 82%. Stocks of many other species of tuna have collapsed completely. Now, it is the Mediterranean spawning grounds that are coming under attack. For years, Roberto Mielgo, worked for the sushi industry. Now, he is using his in-depth knowledge and contacts to try and protect bluefin tuna. He has developed a network of contacts around the Mediterranean sea that reports to him every suspicious move. Roberto’s data enables environmental organizations to monitor and denounce fleets that exceed fishing quotas. But millions of jobs are dependent on the sushi industry. If bluefin fishing is banned, these jobs could be lost. From Croatia to Greece, from Japan to the coast of Spain, we investigate the global impact of tuna fishing and ask if there is such a thing as sustainable sushi. Director: Pedro Barbadillo
As nuclear power expands across the globe what are governments doing to prepare for potential nuclear accidents. What do we need to know, and what will our governments tell us? How would a nuclear crisis impact on public health, the environment and global politics? This documentary is a through investigation of the measures and strategies put in place to manage the possibility of disaster.
Director Thomas Johnson explores the risks of nuclear technology and it’s impact on the world, in this follow-up to the award winning “The Battle of Chernobyl” (Prix Italia 2006).
This documentary visits Australia to explore the mining, processing and environmental effects of uranium. It answers questions like; “Where does uranium go?” and, “What is left behind after uranium is mined?”. An interesting look at the direct environmental and social cost of nuclear power, as uranium must come from somewhere.
Director: Jeff Canin
As the world waits in hope for a new dawn on climate change, 2 Degrees reveals the chaotic failure of the UN negotiations in Copenhagen. It becomes chillingly clear that we cannot wait for governments to lead the way. So if commitment to act won’t come from above, perhaps the voices and actions of communities will bring the revolution that is needed. 2 Degrees takes to the streets of Port Augusta, a small Australian town, and follows the passionate efforts to replace the coal fired power stations with solar thermal power.
If we don’t understand the lessons from Copenhagen, we are doomed to repeat them in 2015, when the world body meets once more in Paris to adopt a legally binding agreement. From the award?winning producer of The Burning Season and The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face, 2 Degrees explores climate change through the prism of climate justice. While An Inconvenient Truth alerted us to the problem of climate change, 2 Degrees is the gripping and vital fight for a solution.
What does a beauty pageant in Suva, Fiji have to do with climate change? Quite a lot, as it turns out. ‘Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea’ is a short documentary film about the 2009-2010 Miss South Pacific Pageant that brought contestants, or Queens, to Suva, Fiji to address issues of rising sea levels, and the salt water intrusion that is destroying their land, crops, and drinking water, and in some cases has resulted in the relocation of entire villages from their native homes. Is it too late to turn back the tide? Watch Miss South Pacific and find out what these beautiful and intelligent women are saying about the issues.
In July 2008, Napoleon and five paddling companions attempted to cross nine Hawaiian channels in six days, each in a one-man outrigger canoe.
Dorjee Sun, a young Australian Entrepreneur, believes there’s money to be made from protecting rainforests in Indonesia, saving the orangutan from extinction and making a real impact on climate change.
Armed with a laptop and a backpack, he sets out across the globe to find investors in his carbon trading scheme.
It is a battle against time. Achmadi, the palm oil farmer is ready to set fire to his land to plant more palm oil, and Lone’s orangutan centre has reached crisis point with over 600 orangutans rescued from the fires.
The Bimblebox Nature Refuge lies in the path of what will be the earths largest coal mines. One woman, Paola Cassoni, decides to resist the “China First” project that will destroy her Nature Refuge and supply energy to Asia for the next thirty years. Paola’s decision brings the viewer on a tour of Australia’s “Quarry Vision”.
At this critical time, when so much coal and coal seam gas expansion is planned in Australia, this film aims to win the hearts and minds of the people, exposing the destructiveness of this industry to our climate, communities and environment. It tells the stories of the people fighting for their homes and culture. Australia is the worlds largest exporter of coal supplying one third of the worlds supply. It is impossible to address climate change without looking at Australia’s role in the planets climate future.
The film features many prominent members of the debate against coal expansion in Australia including Guy Pearce (Global Change Institute), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (University of Queensland) and Matthew Wright (Beyond Zero Emissions).
Not just a “coal is bad” film. Bimblebox features solutions from Beyond Zero Emissions and their vision of Australia as the Saudi Arabia of renewables, instead of the Saudi Arabia of coal. They offer a captivating, verifiable, alternative.
Bimblebox is artfully made film by Michael C O’Connell and features the music of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. The film features landscapes that would be destroyed if the mining expansions go ahead and provides a first-hand glimpse of the growing protest movement against the expansions.
On 25th January thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, sparking what we call now the Egyptian Revolution. Only a few hundred meters far from the world-famous square, the people from popular neighbourhood Bulaq joined protesters, finding in demonstrations something more than a glimmer of hope. Through their voices, ‘Bulaq’ portrays their collective struggle against eviction and social marginalisation, whose destiny seems to be strictly intertwined with the hesitant fortunes of the Egyptian spring.