environmental causes (documentaries)

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1.
The Nature of Things (1960 TV Series)
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Various science documentaries are presented. (60 mins.)
 
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Population Explosion: The Human Bomb (1968 Documentary)
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Survival of Spaceship Earth (1972 Documentary)
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Earth's environmental crisis--brought about by uncontrolled technological progress--is endangering life on a global scale... (60 mins.)
Director: Dirk Summers
 
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The World About Us (1967 TV Series)
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A documentary series with a broad remit of geography, anthropology and natural history subjects. (60 mins.)
 
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Ocean Warrior (1981 Documentary)
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"They have thrown four bombs at this vessel. Do you understand? Four bombs... Hurry up!' A number of... (73 mins.)
Director: Peter Brown
 
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The Forest in Crisis (1981 Documentary)
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(21 mins.)
 
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A Voice for the Wilderness (1983)
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(51 mins.)
Stars: John Downs
 
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The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area? (1983 Documentary)
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Examines the cultural and environmental impact of energy development in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. (58 mins.)
 
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EcoNews (1987 TV Series)
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(29 mins.)
 
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The Living Planet (1984 TV Series)
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David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar). (660 mins.)
 
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Earth First! The Politics of Radical Environmentalism (1987 Documentary)
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"Earth First! - The Politics of Radical Environmentalism" documents the rise of the controversial eco-activist group... (60 mins.)
 
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Tuhlaajapojan päiväkirja (1987 Documentary)
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Director: Eeli Aalto
 
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Trouble in the Forest (1988 Documentary)
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(47 mins.)
Director: Gary Toole
 
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Stopping the Coming Ice Age (1988 Documentary)
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(47 mins.)
Director: Larry Ephron
 
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Sonhos Brasileiros (1991 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
 
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Earth and the American Dream (1992 Documentary)
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Director: Bill Couturié
 
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Acts of Defiance (1992 Documentary)
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(105 mins.)
Director: Alec G. MacLeod
 
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Battle for the Trees (1993 Documentary)
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This documentary examines the battle strategies of citizens, scientists, loggers, environmentalists and First Nations people who are fighting over the liquidation of public forests and, with it, a way of life. (57 mins.)
Director: John Edginton
 
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Saviors of the Forest (1993 Documentary)
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Director: Bill Day
 
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Green Means (1993 TV Series)
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A series of television mini-documentaries (3-6 minutes each) featuring inspiring solutions to environmental problems around the world.
 
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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993 Documentary)
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A film account about the military 1990 siege of a Native American reserve near Oka, Quebec, Canada and its causes. (119 mins.)
 
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Devour the Earth (1995 Documentary)
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Devour the Earth is a 1995 British short documentary film about the global consequences of meat consumption. The film was produced by the Vegetarian Society, written by Tony Wardle and narrated by Paul McCartney. (22 mins.)
Director: Tim Phillips
 
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Delta Force (1995 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
Director: Glen Ellis
 
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World War III (1995 Documentary)
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A study of the human population explosion and its impact on biodiversity and global ecosystems. (58 mins.)
Director: Michael Tobias
 
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The Call of the Mountain (1997 Documentary)
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(51 mins.)
 
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Greenpeace TV (1997 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
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Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot (1998 Documentary)
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This documentary reveals the important role of women in establishing grassroots social movements like... (86 mins.)
Director: Shelly Wine
 
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Population: 6 Billion (1999 Documentary)
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Pickaxe (1999 Documentary)
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Director: Tim Lewis, Tim Ream
 
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The Thin Green Line (1999 TV Series)
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(25 mins.)
 
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Naked Planet (1999 TV Series)
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Naked Planet showcases nature's finest icons in a style never seen before. The Academy Award winning... (60 mins.)
 
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State of the Planet (2000 TV Series)
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David Attenborough investigates the latest scientific research to discover whether or not there is a global environmental crisis, and, if so, what solutions there are to it. (147 mins.)
Director: Kate Broome
 
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The Coconut Revolution (2000 Documentary)
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This is the modern-day story of a native peoples' remarkable victory over Western Colonial power. A Pacific island rose up in arms against giant mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) - and won despite a military occupation and blockade. (50 mins.)
Director: Dom Rotheroe
 
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Worst Case Scenario (2000 Documentary)
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Director: Glynis Whiting
 
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Before It's Too Late: Mini Monkeys of Brazil (2000 Documentary)
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When you talk of Brazil's wildlife you tend to think of the Amazon rain forest. But few people realise there is... (54 mins.)
Director: Mike Searle
 
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Watch (2000 Documentary)
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Original documentary by Briana Waters tells an inspiring story of local townspeople teaming up with environmentalists to save their town from the potential damage caused by timber company Plum Creek's clear-cutting of a nearby forest. (65 mins.)
Director: Briana Waters
 
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Defender los bosques: La lucha de los campesinos ecologistas de Guerrero (2000 Documentary)
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Villagers in the state of Guerrero in Mexico work together to try and stop the rampant deforestation that is occuring in their region. (18 mins.)
 
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Great Bear Rainforest (2001 Documentary)
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A one-hour documentary about the breathtaking beauty of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, and its imminent destruction by the logging industry...
 
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US Off the Planet (2001 Documentary)
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(87 mins.)
 
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Igniting the Revolution (2001 Documentary)
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A radical environmental group known for torching and vandalizing resorts, factories, and research labs... (20 mins.)
 
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Green with a Vengeance (2001 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
 
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Thank You for Not Breeding (2002 Documentary)
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(36 mins.)
Director: Nina Paley
 
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Drowned Out (2002 Documentary)
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An Indian family decide to stay at home and drown rather than make way for the Narmada dam Three choices... (75 mins.)
 
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Struggle in the Woods (2003 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
Stars: Jeny Card
 
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Returning Home (2003 Documentary)
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The body is our home, as is the larger body of the earth. When these two bodies move in harmony, a dance unfolds... (45 mins.)
 
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Enviro Close-Up (2003 TV Series)
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(29 mins.)
 
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The Future of Food (2004 Documentary)
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THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade. (88 mins.)
Director: Deborah Garcia
 
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Sacred Planet (2004 Documentary)
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This IMAX film shows exotic places that still exist and gives new insights into the Earth's diverse landscapes... (40 mins.)
Director: Jon Long
 
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The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004 Documentary)
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The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil... (78 mins.)
Director: Gregory Greene
 
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Oil on Ice (2004 Documentary)
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This film shows the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against the political backdrop of oil exploration and development, and its impact upon Alaska Natives and the land (56 mins.)
 
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Earth from Above (2004 Documentary)
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Yann Arthus-Bertrand has flown over hundreds of countries to create an extraordinary aerial portrait of our planet as never seen before... (67 mins.)
Director: Renaud Delourme
 
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Thirst (2004 Documentary)
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The control over public water supply is significant policy issue around the world. Documentarians Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman take a close look at the global business trend of privatizing water supplies. (65 mins.)
Director: Alan Snitow
 
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Natural Heroes (2004 TV Series)
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NATURAL HEROES is the Emmy Award-winning Public Television series showcasing independent films about people making positive environmental changes for our world. (27 mins.)
 
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The Venus Theory (2004 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
Director: Pasi Toiviainen
 
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Life Running Out of Control (2004 Documentary)
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GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms which have made their debut in plants like corn and soybean... (95 mins.)
Director: Bertram Verhaag
 
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Natural Heroes (2004 TV Series)
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NATURAL HEROES is the Emmy Award-winning Public Television series showcasing independent films about people making positive environmental changes for our world. (27 mins.)
 
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Greenpeace gegen Shell (2005 Documentary)
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(45 mins.)
Director: Ludger Pfanz
 
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Global Warming: The Signs and Science (2005 TV Movie)
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60 minute documentary about people across America living with the grave consequences of a changing climate and the individuals, communities and scientists inventing new approaches to safeguard our children's future. (57 mins.)
Director: Michael Taylor
 
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Source (2005 Documentary)
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(77 mins.)
Director: Martin Marecek
 
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The Forest for the Trees (2005 Documentary)
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(53 mins.)
 
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The Snowbowl Effect (2005 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
Director: Klee Benally
 
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No Vacancy (2005 Documentary)
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Global responses to the Human Population Explosion; impact on the environment and biodiversity. (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Tobias
 
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L' Arbre et le feu (2005 Documentary)
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(53 mins.)
 
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Blowing Up Paradise (2005 Documentary)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewis
 
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The Ecological Footprint (2005 Short Film)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Patsy Northcutt
 
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Testify! Eco-Defense and the Politics of Violence (2005 Documentary)
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A 50-minute video that discusses the tactics and philosophy of revolutionary environmentalism and animal liberation. Includes footage of ALF and ELF actions plus interviews with many direct-action environmentalists. (52 mins.)
Director: Jana Rae Leiran
 
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B.I.K.E. (2006 Documentary)
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Two filmmakers infiltrate an underground bicycle club. (89 mins.)
 
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We Feed the World (2005 Documentary)
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A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people. (96 mins.)
 
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Are We Changing Planet Earth? (2006 Documentary)
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Sir David Attenborough undertakes a personal journey to discover how global warming is changing the planet. The Truth About Climate Change is a two part documentary presented by him asking the question: What is the future for our world? (60 mins.)
 
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Last Yoik in Saami Forests? (2006 Video)
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(58 mins.)
Director: Hannu Hyvönen
 
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Sustainable Table: What's on Your Plate? (2006 Documentary)
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Over nine months, Mischa Hedges and Digital Sense Productions traveled the west coast to learn more about our food system... (52 mins.)
Director: Mischa Hedges
 
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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Documentary)
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A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources. (84 mins.)
 
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Yu Koyo Peya (2006 Documentary)
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(23 mins.)
Director: Tyler Kimble
 
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary at Sundance. (96 mins.)
 
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The Great Warming (2006 Documentary)
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(85 mins.)
 
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Recycled Life (2006 Documentary)
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The dramatic and touching story of thousands of adults, children, and generations of families who have... (38 mins.)
Director: Leslie Iwerks
 
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Crude Impact (2006 Documentary)
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An examination of the interconnection of human domination of the planet and the use of petroleum, and offers solutions for how we can stop our progression down this destructive path. (97 mins.)
 
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Out of Balance: ExxonMobil's Impact on Climate Change (2006 Documentary)
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(65 mins.)
Director: Tom Jackson
 
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Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future. (92 mins.)
Director: Chris Paine
 
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2050 (2006 Documentary)
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A 2004 Pentagon report warns the US President that an abrupt climate change will take the planet earth...
 
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Last Days on Earth (2006 Documentary)
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(80 mins.)
 
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Planet Earth: The Future (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Saving Species (2006)
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(60 mins.)
 
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Planet Earth: The Future (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Into the Wilderness (2006)
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(60 mins.)
 
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Energy Crossroads: The Burning Need to Change Course (2006 Documentary)
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As global population and our appetite for energy rise drastically, fossils fuels depletion and global climate change have now become the most pressing issues facing humanity today. (68 mins.)
 
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Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & the Fight for Coalfield Justice (2006 Documentary)
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(72 mins.)
 
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Future by Design (2006 Documentary)
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Future by Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci... (86 mins.)
Director: William Gazecki
 
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e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious (2006 TV Series)
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A six-part series about international efforts to design and build eco-friendly structures through sustainable architecture.
 
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Sierra Club Chronicles (2006 TV Series)
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Monthly series covers efforts of committed individuals trying to protect the health of their environment and communities. (30 mins.)
 
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Earth Energy (2006 Documentary)
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Sculptor, aviator, inventor, and filmmaker Bill Lishman documents his journey around the globe in search of earth's renewable energy. (52 mins.)
Director: Peter Shatalow
 
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Dead Society (2007 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
Director: Thomas Toivonen
 
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The Possibility of Hope (2007 Documentary)
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A look at different matters of the world such as immigration, global warming and capitalism through the eyes of scientists and philosophers. (27 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
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Mountaintop Removal (2007 Documentary)
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Hard-hitting documentary on the effects of the radical and environmentally disastrous form of coal mining known as "Mountaintop removal." (74 mins.)
 
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Global Warming: Our Searing Earth (2007 Documentary)
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Global Warming: Our Searing Earth lays bare the hidden catastrophe of global warming. Using original... (53 mins.)
Director: Richard Bluth
 
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Everything's Cool (2007 Documentary)
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For the past two decades researchers, activists, scientists, and progressive politicians have struggled... (89 mins.)
 
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Trashed... (2007 Documentary)
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Trashed is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business... (77 mins.)
Director: Bill Kirkos
 
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Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness (2007 Documentary)
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Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness (58 mins.)
Director: Eric Temple