Selected Films



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Tuesday, October 12 - Lands & Nature Day (3pm - 6 pm EST)

 

However Wide the Sky: Places of Power

The history and spirituality of the Indigenous People of the American Southwest are deeply rooted in the Land. Since the beginning of time, they have been stewards and protectors of their home lands, past and present. These places intimately connect the People and their beliefs to the natural world. No place is ever abandoned, the landscape is forever living. This is their story, of the Land and who they are.

Filmmaker: David Aubrey


It Tastes Great

Between the mountains of Panama there are various mothers who preserve unique recipes from this small area of the Isthmus of Panama, where the highest point of the country is also located. Through economic globalization and labor transformations, people born in these area migrate at an early age in cities and poles of development in search of other opportunities, in this process of farewell, is generated a significant loss of traditional knowledge and local gastronomy.

Filmmaker: Abdel Filos


 

The Leaf

An indigenous child and a magic leaf are the only hope to save the Tree of Life and the forest from destruction. She takes lessons from her tribe's shaman and carries the jaguar's strength with her. With her little friend, an ocelot, she must cross a burning forest and face terrible machines to succeed. A little adventure of courage and hope.

Filmmaker: Leonardo Queiroz de Sá

 

The Seashell

After some years, the sea and all memory of the girl and her father are destroyed by human activities.

Filmmaker: Ali Kargar

 

Wednesday, October 13 - Climate Day (3pm - 6 pm EST)


8 Poems of Emigration 

8 Poems of Emigration is an essay film which focuses on the immigration crisis of the world. Reasons of immigration (and the troubles of immigrants) have become the crucial and controversial issue for humanity. Caused by the wild global capitalism (wars, climate change, authoritarian regimes, income disparity etc.) that dominates the globe, this social-political crisis evolves to be the one of the deepest ethico-political issues that humanity faces.

Filmmaker: Kurtuluş Özgen


Act for Impact

Bi-racial youth environmental activist, Victoria Whalen, fights against environmental racism in New York as she lobbies to pass a bill that would benefit people who look like her.

Filmmaker: Nicole Pavia


Citsalp

CITSALP is an animated film based on the negative effects of plastic in our world and the responsible consumption and production of plastics.

Filmmaker: Jean A. Evangelista

 

I Am Cheo

Inspired by the poem, I am Joaquin, by Chicano poet Corky Gonzales, this unique film tells the story of a young boy named Cheo who, from the sights and smells of his abuela’s kitchen, takes a sweeping cinematic journey across the lands that are both his history and his future - he sees the gorges of the Grand Canyon, the antiquity of New Mexican acequias, the majesty of the Rockies, and the urban warmth of downtown Los Angeles.

Filmmaker: Pablo Irlando-Wildman

 

Lonely Whale

An astronaut rescues a celestial giant buried underneath a meteor of waste.

 

Orange Skies (but not like the Love song)

Documenting the orange skies of the bay area as a result of nearby wildfires.

Filmmaker: Jesús Iñiguez


 

Terra Cene

Terra Cene is a remembrance of things past and an observation of the interconnected nature of time on Earth.

Filmmakers: Nono Ayuso, Rodrigo Inada

 

When We Finally Understood

We thought that after the pandemic everything would go back to the way it was before. It was not so.

Filmmakers: 11 and 12-year-old students

  

Thursday, October 14 - Equity, Justice, & Health Day (3pm - 6 pm EST)

 

Ava Kuña, Aty Kuña: indigenous woman, political woman

Ava Kuña, Aty Kuña; indigenous woman, political woman is a poetic approach to indigenous Brazilian women's political resilience. A portrait of the Kuñangue Aty Guasu, an assembly of Guarani Kaiowá women, the short documentary mixes the impressions of a white woman with an originary woman's explanations about this meeting.

Filmmakers: Julia Zulian, Fabiane Medina, Guilherme Sai




Balconies in Covid Times

 

Balconies in times of covid is a tour guided by a bird that carries the baby's food.

Filmmaker: Juan Restrepo 



 

The Birth

A new year crash-landed on the world and somehow it seemed that the fear of the pandemic had taken a backseat. With travel opening up and vaccination starting, hope had arrived but the dangers of Covid 19 still loomed large. It was time to sit back and reflect on the year gone by. It was also the time to deliver on the promises the global citizens took during the height of the pandemic. The world needed saving, and the only ones who could do that is the 7.7 billion people that reside in it.

 


Futur

 

Year 2120. Humans are debating the old generation. Are we better now?

Filmmaker: Alexandre Laugier 

 

I Know What Pandemic Means

For working class immigrants, the city that once bore promises of a seemingly better life became a site of fear, rage, disillusion, resilience, and hope. Yo Sé Que Es Pandemia pieces together narratives of Corona, Jackson Heights, and Elmhurst residents who have been surviving the COVID-19 global pandemic within the contradictions of a city considered the center of the world.

Filmmaker: Frisly Soberanis

 

L.A. Rises

A detailed and artistic approach to the protests in Los Angeles after George Floyd's death.

Filmmakers: GB Young, Oliver Ponce

 

Leche y Miel (Milk and Honey)

The Colorado River is the backbone of the West. The film Milk & Honey explores the intriguing relationship between the Latino community in Yuma, Arizona and this important waterway.

Filmmaker: Justin Clifton

 

Letter from Fukushima

A boy from Fukushima sending a letter to express his love of his home. After the Fukushima Nuclear Disater, many children can not go back to their home and are having health concerns. The film aims to raise social attention to care these kids and help them.

Filmmaker: Yiran Wang

 

Subiran Namon (Our Fishing Boat)

Bantayan Island - a pristine fishing village located in the Visayan Sea and Tañon Strait- is rapidly undergoing change because of the presence of many private resorts. These resorts deprive the local residents of their livelihood and have displaced a number of families. Jared and Salome are high school classmates whose families are affected by the development happening on their island. They too will have to vacate their homes to give way to a modern resort.

Filmmaker: Jai Shane Cañete

 

Friday, October 15 - Ocean & Waterways Day (3pm - 6 pm EST)

 

Al Aire el Río

In the woods by the river, a group of friends play with desire.

Filmmaker: Felipe Díaz


Deep

During a deep ocean dive, a timid young girl is separated from her courageous friend as she experiences the treacherous waters of pollution and overfishing throughout the journey to find her lost friend.

Filmmaker: Melissa Wilson



 

El Canto Del Mar (Song of the Sea)

 

Discover the powerful connection of Latinos to our oceans. This short documentary film follows four Latinos across the United States through a multi-generational perspective as they explore their relationship to the ocean and their culture, discovering their role in protecting and preserving both.

Filmmaker: Kat Reynolds

 

Greenland: Journey to the Center of Climate Change

Three Spanish mountaineers, from the Canary Islands, set out on an expedition in Greenland with the aim of collecting samples for the study at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria of the effects of plastic pollution. The three expedition members narrate their adventure, and reflect on the importance of caring for our planet while navigating between icebergs in a small sailboat, or climbing the highest mountains.

Filmmaker: Germán Pinelo 

 

Headwaters

A raindrop's journey into becoming a river.

Filmmaker: Maya Elizabeth Morgan Quintero

 

Living Water

While much of the Crow Nation grapples with limited access to clean drinking water, three generations of Apsáalooke (Crow) study the waters of the Little Bighorn River in search of solutions and new ways to protect their tribe’s water from agriculture and climate change.

Filmmakers: Brandon Yadegari Moreno and Surya Milner

 

On the Surface

4mn animation about a young Black woman who goes swimming in the Icelandic sea and reflects on her experience of raising a child in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy and postnatal depression. Soon her swimming eases. Being in the wild and facing her fears is helping her heal.

Filmmaker: Fan Sissoko

 

PlasticC

PlasticC is a Stop motion Film which tells about plastic pollution all around the world and how it's a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of Seabirds, sea turtles, seals, and other marine animals die each year after ingesting or getting entangled in it. we choose to use stop-motion as a medium to show the dark side of plastic pollution.

Filmmakers: Sachin vs, Vivek Jangid, Indranil Ujagare, Ayushi Chattrerjee, Aaryama Somayaji

 

Señora Océano

A poetic short focusing on ocean conservation.

Filmmaker: Omar De Leon

 

 

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