Climate Change

Climate Change

The documentaries in OVID’s Climate Change Collection take viewers on a global tour through the effects of planetary warming, from the melting of polar ice caps to the front-line resistance of indigenous communities. Anthropocene, Planetary, Antarctic Edge, and Strait Through the Ice uncover the rapidly changing face of our environment. In the activist-driven documentaries Dirty Business, Groundswell Rising, and A Concerned Citizen, the long-standing political conflict with the fossil fuel industry takes center stage.

Alongside the planetary effects of climate change, documentaries like Triple Divide, Split Estate, and Cooked foreground the disproportionate impacts on poor and minority communities. Oil and Water and Keepers of Justice center on grassroots indigenous activism, where the struggle for environmental justice is also a struggle for survival. Rounding out to collection, Inhabitants, Post-Carbon Futures, and Racing to Zero point the way to a more sustainable and socially just future.

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Climate Change
  • Planeat

    Directed by Shelley Lee Davies & Or Shlomi • Documentary • 2011 • 72 minutes

    Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to ...

  • Planetary

    Directed by Guy Reid • Documentary • 2016 • 84 minutes

    We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected.

    PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call—a cross continental, cinematic journey. The film tak...

  • Racing To Zero

    Directed by Christopher Beaver • Documentary • 2015 • 55 minutes

    Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Why? Industry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on unrecyclable petroleum products. ...

  • A Quest for Meaning

    Directed by Nathanael Coste, Marc de la Menardiere • Documentary • 2018 • 87 minutes

    A QUEST FOR MEANING tells the story of Marc and Nathanael, two childhood friends who take an impromptu road trip attempting to uncover the causes of our current global crisis and to discover a way to bring about...

  • Sacred Cod

    Directed by Steve Liss, Andy Laub, David Abel • Documentary • 2017 • 65 minutes

    For centuries, cod was like gold, driving men to extremes. Cod were so abundant in the waters off New England that fishermen used to say they could walk across the Atlantic on the backs of them, and generations of me...

  • The Sequel

    Directed by Peter Armstrong • Documentary • 2018 • 61 minutes

    Around the world, fresh shoots are already emerging as people develop the skills, will and resources necessary to recapture the initiative and re-imagine civilization, often in the ruins of collapsed mainstream economies.

    We encount...

  • Shattered Sky

    Directed by Steve Dorst & Dan Evans • Documentary • 2012 • 57 minutes

    Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer 'the size of North America.' The culprits were man-made chemicals called CFCs, which were prevalent in billions of dollars worth of refrigeration, air conditionin...

  • Split Estate

    Directed by Debra Anderson • Documentary • 2009 • 76 minutes

    Imagine discovering that you don't own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door using the controversial technology known as fracking. Imagine an...

  • Strait Through The Ice

    Directed by Yves Billy • Documentary • 2007 • 52 minutes

    Today the North Pole is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. The Arctic ice cap is less than half the size it was 50 years ago. This radical climate change has thus begun to open the ice-packed Northwest Passage between Europe ...

  • Thank You for the Rain

    Directed by Julia Dahr and Kisilu Musya • Documentary • 2017 • 87 minutes

    Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together we see ...

  • Triple Divide [REDACTED]

    Directed by Joshua Pribanic, Melissa Troutman • Documentary • 2017 • 53 minutes

    This award-winning "bombshell" documentary covers the impact of fracking in one of the country's most pristine watersheds. With exclusive interviews from oil and gas industry leaders, independent experts and impacted...

  • The True Cost

    Directed by Andrew Morgan • Documentary • 2015 • 92 minutes

    This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs...

  • Weather The Storm

    Directed by Charles Menzies and Jennifer Rashleigh • Documentary • 2008 • 36 minutes

    In today's global economy, the world's ocean resources are being hit hard. Enormous industrial 'floating factories' follow the fish wherever they are abundant, and move on when they have plundered the fish stock...

  • Windfall

    Directed by Laura Israel • Documentary • 2010 • 83 minutes

    Wind power: it's sustainable... it burns no fossil fuels... it produces no air pollution. What's more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil.

    That's what the people of Meredith, NY first thought when a wind developer looked to suppleme...

  • The Wisdom to Survive

    Directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud • Documentary • 2014 • 56 minutes

    THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support ...