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Disney’s Latest Motion Picture Is a Parable about Climate Change and Indigenous Rights

In Review: Moana

Disney’s South Pacific-set animated feature Moana — co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, co-creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, with voice characterization by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and music co-written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda — was number one at US…
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by: Ed Rampell – December 2, 2016

A Gripping Chronicle of Amazonian Tribes’ Struggle Against the Peruvian State

In Review: When Two Worlds Collide (Documentary)

As members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes confront the Dakota Access pipeline, don’t miss Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel’s hard-hitting film about a more violent resistance by Indigenous people south of the border against would-be developers and exploiters. Photo…
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by: Ed Rampell – September 16, 2016

New Documentary Investigates Nuclear Power from New York to Fukushima

A Conversation with Indian Point Director Ivy Meeropol

Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest that the “past is prologue.” In an irony of history, a filmmaker whose grandparents were so-called “atomic spies, and the only American civilians electrocuted by the US government during the Cold War, is now trying to shutdown…
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by: Ed Rampell – July 8, 2016

Of Ingredients, Greed and Expediency: Big Chem and the Big Stink

In Review: Stink!

Jon Whelan’s documentary Stink! proves, among other things, that the feminist insight “the personal is political” remains true. According to his film, the untimely death of Whelan’s wife Heather from breast cancer, combined with the pungent odor of brand new pajamas he…
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by: Ed Rampell – February 26, 2016

LA’s Gritty Sodbusters

In Review: Can You Dig This

During the Age of Reason, Voltaire wrote the philosophical novel Candide about a youth who travels around the world and upon returning home to Europe at the end of his odyssey towards self-discovery, realizes: “We must cultivate our gardens.” Los Angeles-born and…
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by: Ed Rampell – January 22, 2016

In Review: The Russian Woodpecker

Chernobyl Conspiracy and Cover-up: New Documentary Suggests World’s Worst-Ever Eco-Accident Was Actually Deliberate

Move over Oliver Stone — Chad Gracia’s award winning documentary The Russian Woodpecker is the ultimate conspiracy theory film. This hard-hitting movie makes Stone’s JFK look like a motion picture picnic in the park as it investigates whether the biggest manmade environmental…
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by: Ed Rampell – October 16, 2015

Thirty Years Later: The Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

New Zealand journalist David Robie returns with two books commemorating the sinking of Greenpeace’s iconic ship and the nuclear-free Pacific movement

Thirty years ago today French secret agents blew up Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior in nuclear free New Zealand. Paris’ covert action, code-named Opération Satanique (Operation Satanic), sank the 131-foot ship in Auckland Harbor, killing 35-year-old Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira and leaving his eight-year-old…
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by: Ed Rampell – July 10, 2015

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