USA 2009, Documentary, Louie Psihoyos, 92 min.
THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.
Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2010
Yellow Cake - The Lie about Clean Energy
Yellow Cake - Die Lüge von der sauberen Energie
Germany 2010, Documentary, Joachim Tschirner, 108 min
The third largest uranium mine in the world was located in the East Germany. After the reunification it has been closed down and gone through the biggest clean-up operation in the history of uranium mining. The film takes us not only to East Germany, but also to the big mines in Namibia, Australia and Canada and reveals the enormous environmental hazard that is caused by the yellow powder.
Denmark 2010, Documentary, Michael Madsen, 75min.
Every day, all over the world, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste are placed in temporary storages. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out on solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous. Captivating and extremely frightening, this documentary takes the viewers on a journey never seen before into the depths of the Earth and into the future.
Grand Prix, Visions Du Reel 2010 | Green Screen Award, IDFA 2010 | Grand Prix, FIFE 2010 and others
Blood in the Mobile
Denmark 2010, Documentary, Frank Piasecki Poulsen, 82 min.
We love our cell phones, but the production of phones has a dark, bloody side. In the last 15 years, the civil war in Congo has killed more than five millions of people. Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes and speaks with producers of mobiles, such as Nokia, criticizing them for their omission.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy
Spain 2010, Documentary, Cosima Dannoritzer, 75 min.
Does the ever-lasting light bulb really exist? Why are millions of computers being shipped round the world to be dumped rather than repaired? How did two artists from New York start a revolt on the internet that resulted in the life span of millions of iPods being extended? THE LIGHT BULB CONSPIRACY traces a century of Planned Obsolescence - the deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer demand. This mechanism is at the heart of the modern consumer society and threatening to drown the planet in an ever-increasing flood of waste.
Best Documentary, Spanish Television Academy Awards 2011 | Best Film, SCINEMA 2011 (Australia)
Detroit, Wild City
France 2010, Documentary, Florent Tillon, 80 min.
The automobile industry jumpstarted Detroit’s rise and made it the most industrialized city in the United States. But because of changes in American society and the decay of this industry, the city lay deserted for decades and urban prairies complete with falcon, deer and coyote turning out the urban landscape in a B movie setting. Now an unexpected turn of events has brought young people back into the ruins of the former Detroit...
Official Selection, San Francisco Int Film Fest 2011 | Karlov Vary Int. Film Festival 2011
USA 2010, Documentary, Susan Beraza, 78 min.
A guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely... BAG IT! Follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made of? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags.
Best Film, Monterrey Blue Ocean Film Fest | Audience Choice Award, Flagstaff FF |
Audience Choice Award, Wild&Cience FF and others
Sweden 2010, Documentary, Michael Stenberg/David Österberg, 73 min.
Whether we like it or not we are heading towards a profound change. The climate, population growth, species extinction, resource consumption, etc., are just running wild. We can deal with it and produce the change we want or we can let that change force itself upon us. Every day more people become aware of these challenges and engage in different plans and initiatives to master these change forward. The film presents some of these people.
Saint Miguel do Gostoso
São Miguel do Gostoso
Brasil 2010, Documentary, Eugênio Puppo, 80 min.
A small seaside village, a tropical paradise in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, lost in time, has been found by tourists and is now covet by real estate developers. The film is a great chance for the population of São Miguel do Gostoso to think about their development in an environmentally sustainable way, while preserving cultural values.
The State of Things, It´s All True FF 2011
If a tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
USA 2011, Documentary, Marshall Curry, 85 min.
For years, the Earth Liberation Front had launched spectacular actions against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, etc. In December 2005, long after the breakup of the group, the FBI arrested a number of environmentalists formerly involved with the ELF. The film explores the tumultuous period from 1995 until early 2001, when environmentalists were clashing with timber companies and law enforcement and were called “America's number one domestic terrorism threat".
Documentary Editing Award Sundance FF 2011
Denmark/Norway/USA 2010, Documentary, Tonje Hessen Schei, 80 min.
New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? At a time when the average American child spends over eight hours in front of a screen each day, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing?
Best Film, FICMA Barcelona 2010 | Best Film, EkoFilm Prague 2010 |
Audience Choice Award, Santa Cruz FF 2011
Yasuni: Two Seconds Of Life
Equador/USA/Austria 2010, Documentary, Leonard Wild, 90 min.
The Yasuni National Park in Ecuador is one of the sites with the greatest biodiversity on our planet - and it also holds a big part of Ecuador´s oil reserves. Ecuador´s president Rafael Correa has made a unique offer to the world: he will leave the oil in the ground to protect the rainforest if the industrialized countries agree to make a financial contribution for the preservation of their "green lungs". YASUNI – TWO SECONDS OF LIFE sheds light in this exceptional offer and lets every party involved have a say: politicians, scientists, representatives of oil companies and indigenous people.