Of Climate Change, Greenland, and the Kalaallit People – November 22, 2017
In Conversation with Yatri Niehaus, director of new documentary Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq
Photo courtesy of Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq
Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq had its world premiere at the 2017 LA Film Festival. In addition to stunning cinematography of Greenland, the documentary also explores how global warming affects the island’s Native people. By focusing on how climate change impacts human beings and their culture, Stella is distinct from other nonfiction eco-docs that zoom in more on the environment and wildlife, such as 2017’s The Penguin Counters, which concentrated on how a heating planet changes the lives of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica.
Director Yatri Niehaus grew up in the Canary Islands, an autonomous region of Spain located off… more
by: Ed Rampell
Does End Justify the Means in Our Struggle to Save Species? – November 9, 2017
In Review: A River Below
Mark Grieco’s A River Below is an eye-popping documentary proving, once again, that truth is often stranger than fiction. This film’s plot has as many twists and turns as the Amazon River — the setting of this true life saga of two biologists striving to use the news media to protect endangered species and then having to cope with the unintended consequences of their conservation crusades.
photo by Luciana Christante
At the heart of River is the pink river dolphin, one of the Amazon’s… more
by: Ed Rampell
Koch Brothers Versus Small Town USA – September 12, 2017
In Review: Company Town
The riveting Company Town is one of the hardest-hitting documentaries ever made about environmental racism in America. It is to the eco-justice movement what Barbara Kopple’s 1976 Best Documentary Academy Award winner Harlan County USA was to class struggle or Al Gore’s 2007 An Inconvenient Truth was to climate change or Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated 2010 Gasland was to fracking. It appears to be a classic case of environmental injustice, wherein people of color and the poor are singled out to bear the brunt of well-funded, string-pulling corporations and businesses.
Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/Company Town