From David Attenborough’s “Our Planet” to Leonardo di Caprio’s “Ice on Fire,” our screens are brimming with new films and series that urge humanity to take care of the Earth and slow down climate change, in the hope we’re still on time to avoid some of the most nefarious effects of the climate crisis.
Many of these documentaries make their case compellingly and are must-sees for anyone who wants to understand what’s going on with our planet at the moment.
Nevertheless, despite plenty of newer and more updated films and TV series, one of the most visually powerful documentaries on climate change is still “Koyaanisqatsi,” a 1982 experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio.
One of the most sensational films to come out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, “Honeyland” takes the daily minutiae of a Macedonian beekeeper and turns it into a haunting elegy for the perilous balance in which the natural world now hangs.
The stunning documentary was the most awarded film at Sundance, taking home the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, a Special Jury Award for cinematography, and another Special Jury Award for Originality.
Now, in the first official trailer, audiences can have a first look at the gorgeous cinematography and fascinating non-fiction storytelling that made “Honeyland” such a sensation.
National Geographic is diving in with its latest eco-thriller documentary after dominating last year’s awards season with Oscar winner “Free Solo.”
Now comes “Sea of Shadows” from “The Ivory Game” director Richard Ladkani.
National Geographic Documentary Films acquired the film after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, where it won the festival’s World Cinema Documentary Award.
The film centers on the fight to save the Sea of Cortez’s endangered marine eco-system that includes the vaquita, an elusive species of porpoise found there.
The documentary takes on the elements of a thriller as a team of scientists, conservationists, investigative journalists, and undercover agents race to take down the crime syndicates — from the Chinese Mafia to Mexican cartels — that poach the rare porpoises, prized for a belief among some in China that their bladders possess healing powers.
National Geographic is aiming for a July 12 release date in theaters for “Sea of Shadows.”
HBO has released the trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming environmental documentary “Ice on Fire.”
DiCaprio produced and narrates the film which “offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming,” according to an HBO press release.
“The melting of the world’s snow and ice has now triggered multiple climate tipping points, especially increasing levels of methane,” DiCaprio narrates in the trailer. “Scientists have discovered solutions, giving us a chance at reversing climate change. But the clock is ticking.”
Reserve, Louisiana sits in the heart of an industrial corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. For more than 30 years, it’s been known to its residents as “Cancer Alley.”
That designation stems from the toxic pollution that is spewed out from chemical plants along the lower Mississippi River.
For a long time, proof of that morbid title lay mostly in anecdote and suspicion. “We always wondered about the pollution, but we never really knew,” says Mary Hampton, who, like many residents in the region, relied on petrochemical plants to make a living for much of her career.
But the town underwent a profound awakening in December 2015 as the result of an Environmental Protection Agency report on toxic air.
The findings from the EPA, not only confirmed the existence of a profoundly higher risk of cancer throughout the region, but pinpointed Reserve, a working-class town of about 10,000 people, at its epicenter.
Watch short documentary “Cancer Town” above and read the story at The Guardian.