Environments & Ecologies

Thematic collections of films on the only world we live on and the changes it is going through and what they may mean for us and our children, and their children.

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  • Becoming Animal

    Directed by Emma Davie, Peter Mettler • Documentary • 2018 • 79 minutes

    An inspired collaboration between filmmakers Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) and radical writer and philosopher David Abram ("The Spell of the Sensuous"), Becoming Animal is an urgent and imme...

  • The Great Basin

    Directed by Chivas DeVinck • Documentary • 2023 • 91 minutes

    Chivas DeVinck works his way up from the soil to the stars to find out what constitutes Nevada outside of Las Vegas. Milieus, places and people are intertwined in a collage. The magnetic core of the whole is the subterranean water from...

  • This Stolen Country of Mine (w/ Fernando Villavicencio)

    Directed by Marc Wiese • Documentary • With Paúl Jarrín Mosquera, Fernando Villavicencio • 2022 • 93 minutes

    Chinese mining in Ecuador’s mountains sets the stage for an epic battle between eco-guerrillas and a corrupt government in an intensely dramatic documentary.

    This Stolen Country of Mine ...

  • The Last Tourist

    Directed by Tyson Sadler • Documentary • With Dr. Jane Goodall, Lek Chailert, Elizabeth Becker • 2022 • 100 minutes

    Travel is at a tipping point. Tourists around the world are unintentionally destroying the very things they’ve come to see. From the Caribbean, to the streets of Delhi, and remote ...

  • Beautiful Things

    Directed by Giorgio Ferrero and Federico Biasin • Documentary • With Andrea Pavoni Belli, Van Quattro, Danilo Tribunal • 2017 • 95 minutes

    Beautiful Things is a journey into our obsessive consumption. The many objects we accumulate and we believe to be essential begin their production journey in...

  • Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island

    Directed by Heidi Hutner • Documentary • 2023 • 77 minutes

    In this thrilling feminist documentary, indomitable women fight back against the nuclear industry to expose one of the worst cover-ups in U.S. history.

    RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island is an award-winning film about the 1979 ...

  • Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty

    Directed by John de Graaf • Documentary • 2022 • 78 minutes

    Stewart Lee Udall was the most prominent and effective Secretary of the Interior in American history.

    Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty is a feature documentary that examines the trajectory of Udall’s life from his childhood throug...

  • Solutions

    Directed by Pernille Rose Grønkjær • Documentary • With Steen Rasmussen, Eric Beinhocker, Doyne Farmer • 2021 • 102 minutes

    In the desert of New Mexico, a group of scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators come together with an ambitious goal: to secure the future of humanity by creating a new an...

  • Sustainable Communities

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  • Thirst for Justice

    Directed by Leana Hosea • Documentary • 2021 • 58 minutes

    Armed only with facts and their illnesses, extraordinary citizens take on industry and government, risking arrest to protect clean water.  From Flint, Michigan to the Navajo Nation, via Standing Rock, this is their story. 

    Thirst For Jus...

  • Sarasota Half In Dream

    Directed by Derek Murphy • Documentary • 2018 • 70 minutes

    Sarasota Half in Dream is a surrealist nature documentary about growing up in the American suburbs, specifically Sarasota, Florida. This trippy, meditative film explores the shifting landscapes, the parking garages, and the microscopic h...

  • Scrap

    Directed by Stacey Tenenbaum • Documentary • 2022 • 78 minutes

    Discover the vast and strangely beautiful places where things go to die and meet the people who collect, restore, and recycle the world’s scrap. SCRAP is a love letter to the things we use in our daily lives. This cinematic documenta...

  • Taming The Garden

    Directed by Salomé Jashi • Documentary • 2021 • 92 minutes

    A powerful and anonymous man has developed an unusual hobby. He buys century-old trees, some as tall as 15-story buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast and has them excavated to collect them for his private garden. In order...

  • Climate Change

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    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 ...

  • Environmental Justice

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    Much like popular movements to dismantle the scourge of racism, the fight for environmental justice is one centered on overcoming systems that accrue privilege, supremacy and economic gain to the powerful while disenfranchising, dehumanizing and externalizing true costs to people of color and the...

  • Food & Agriculture

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  • Plastics & Pollution

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  • Tomorrow

    Directed by Mélanie Laurent, Cyril Dion • Documentary • With Mélanie Laurent, Cyril Dion • 2015 • 155 minutes

    In 2012, “Nature” published a study led by more than 20 researchers from the top scientific institutions in the world predicting that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. It ...

  • Water
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    Water

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  • Summer of Dolphins

    Directed by Shahar Segal • Documentary • 2007 • 82 minutes

    Three dolphins that have been excluded by their pod in the coral reef are set free by their trainer. Maya, who had raised them from birth, realizes that if Lemon, Shandy and Pashosh stay in the pod, they will die.

    Did you know that a do...

  • The Time of Forests

    Directed by François-Xavier Drouet • Documentary • 2018 • 103 minutes

    As the symbol of authentic, preserved wild nature, forests are undergoing an unprecedented phase of industrialization. Heavy mechanization, monoculture, fertilizers and pesticides, loss of traditional know-how, forest manageme...

  • Aboriginal Architecture

    Directed by Paul M. Rickard • Documentary • 2006 • 93 minutes

    ABORIGINAL ARCHITECTURE, LIVING ARCHITECTURE offers a fascinating in-depth look into the diversity of North American Native architecture. Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, this program provides a virtual tour of seven ...

  • One Big Home

    Directed by Thomas Bena • Documentary • 2017 • 88 minutes

    Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha's Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island's unique character.

    Twelve years in the making, ONE BIG HOME follows one ...

  • Day Zero (series)

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    Day Zero can be a starting point or an end. Surely it’s a turning point in history. Are we saving this planet for the future or are we destroying our environment to gain more economic growth? Through the eyes of people living close to nature, we are invited to experience pristine nature at risk a...