Climate Justice, Films

This Changes Everything (Film)

Film. By Avi Lewis. 2015. 90 min. Seven portraits of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics
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On Coal River

Film. Directed by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood. 2010. 81 minutes. This free film takes viewers on a gripping emotional journey into a community surrounded by a looming toxic threat. The film follows a former coal miner and his neighbors in a struggle for the future of their valley and the planet.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Social Class
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Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

Film. By Leah Mahan. 2013. 60 min. Documentary about the impact of “development” on a historically African American community in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Time Periods: 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Climate Justice, Environment, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Dirty Business: “Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future

Film. Produced by Peter Bull, Justin Weinstein, Alex Gibney. 2010. 88 minutes. A feature documentary that addresses the questions: Can coal be made clean? Can renewables and efficiency happen on a scale large enough to replace coal?
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Science
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Earth and the American Dream

Film. By Bill Couturie. 1993. 90 minutes. U.S. history from the standpoint of the earth.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment
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Gasland

Film. Directed by Josh Fox. 2010. 107 minutes. When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he crosses the country and uncovers a trail of contamination.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment
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A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Film. 2019. 7 minutes. The Intercept. Narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. The film flips the script on our future by illustrating one where we survive climate change and thrive because we took action today.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Social Class
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The Story of Bottled Water

Film. By Annie Leonard. 2010. 7 minutes. A viewer-friendly, informative, animated critique of the bottled water industry.
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment
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The Story of Stuff Project

Film. By Annie Leonard. 2009. 21 minutes. Series of short films on environmental and economic issues that make complicated issues easy to understand for middle school to adult viewers.
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Science
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You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South

Film. 86 minutes. Documentary about the people who have learned to organize, and received peer support, at the Highlander Center.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing
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Young Voices for the Planet: “Words Have Power”

Film. By Lynne Cherry and Young Voices for the Planet. 2019. 6 min. This short documentary features the activism of Jaysa Mellers, a young adolescent girl who rallied her community to challenge local air polluters.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Organizing
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