PEOPLE & PLANET
Wellcome Collection, 2021 (11 mins)
Stuart Shahid Bamforth’s moving series of interviews for the Wellcome Collection marks the year long anniversary of the pandemic and the effect it has had on the lives of the disabled, people of colour, teachers, mental health specialists, carers and nurses; stories that all of us can relate to despite the hollow words of our leaders.
Talking Wings, 2021 (10 mins)
The PUCARL Collective (United Communities of the Antigua Watershed for Free Rivers) in Mexico has successfully defended the Antigua Watershed from large hydroelectric projects. But they remain vigilant, and continue to guard the river and water, the lifeblood of their land. For them one thing is clear, water is life and it must be protected. Activists also talk about the collective nature of their struggle and their rejection of a ‘leadership’ that can be picked off and isolated.
Nicolás Richat & Nico Muzi, 2016 (28 mins)
Frontera Invisible is the true story of Colombian communities trapped in the middle of the world’s longest war, in which big landowners’ rush for palm oil to produce ‘green’ fuel has displaced peasant farmers and indigenous people. It has destroyed natural habitats and concentrated land in the hands of the rich.
Vox, 2020 (8 mins)
In November 2020, thousands of farmers marched from the northern states of India to Delhi to protest farming reforms passed by Prime Minister Modi’s government.
Food Farmer Earth, 2020 (3 mins)
Vandana Shiva explains how food has become a weapon of war and how the world trade in food should be reconfigured to end world hunger.
John D Liu, 2012 (45 mins)
“It’s possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems.” Environmental film-maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally.
The wild claim that low grade bauxite in Atewa Forest, Ghana can be mined sustainably without destroying both biodiversity and the water supply for 5 million people is seriously questionable.
National Geographic, 2017 (3 mins)
This short explainer film demonstrates the pressures that global emissions have been putting on our climate in the last 200 years, and reveals that carbon dioxide levels are higher than they’ve been for hundreds of thousands of years. What impact does this have on human health and society?
Geoff Lawton, 2019 (7 mins)
Geoff Lawton visits LILAC (‘low-impact living affordable community’) co-housing that’s been built on an old school ground in the suburbs of Leeds, with energy-efficient buildings.
DogGoWoof Productions, 2019 (8 mins)
David Holmgren recounts how a chance meeting with Bill Mollison sprouted the idea that became permaculture. This short film is part of a longer film, Permaculture The Documentary, produced by Dogs Go Woof Productions.
National Geographic, 2017 (8 mins)
50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. He devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts
Al Jazeera, 2011 (4 mins)
Al Jazeera film about the Greening the Desert permaculture project in Jordan. For centuries the Jordan Valley was renowned for being one of the most lush and productive lands in the world. But years of over-grazing has left it arid. Now one permaculture expert is reversing this decline and turning the desert green again.