Microcosmos – This 1996 French film uses incredibly detailed close-up camera work to examine the world of insects. With a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, the witty documentary admittedly indulges in anthropomorphism, but it forces the audience to take an active interest in a universe of creatures we don’t typically consider.
Racing Extinction – This film examines two factors that are driving extinction: The international wildlife trade and the environmental degradation caused by oil and gas companies.
Chasing Ice – This Emmy award-winning documentary captures the longest glacier calving event ever shown on film; crumbling ice sheets tumble into the sea, illustrating what the filmmakers argue is the effect of global warming.
Virunga – Called by none other than Jane Goodall a “wake-up call for anyone who cares about the future of the planet,” “Virunga,” set in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is about the world’s last mountain gorillas and the park rangers whose lives are dedicated to saving them.
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