It is far too late to save the Alpine glaciers. And now, the dangers caused by tons of melting ice are rising sharply. Every year, climate change is destroying two of the currently 70 square kilometers of glaciers left in the Alps. The permafrost in the Alps is thawing, and transforming what used to be sturdy slopes into loose screes. In addition, climate change is leading to significantly more extreme weather conditions every year, while heavy rainfall causes serious erosion...
By the year 2050, a quarter of the every world’s cities will be facing water shortages. Cape Town is already running out of water now. But the catastrophe was foreseeable: politicians have ignored periods of drought and the rapidly growing population for too long. South Africa is facing its drought of the century. Cape Town's water supply is under threat because the metropolis is quenching its thirst with surface water alone. But climate change is making the weather more unpredictable and the reservoirs emptier. Those responsible are feverishly seeking a remedy. Can the worst still be averted?
Wim Wenders' new documentary, "Pope Francis - A Man of His Word," is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope's ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today's global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace. (Rotten Tomatoes)
We have just watched this film and found it excellent. It has given us a much better appreciation for this man and his work in the Church. It makes us proud to be Secular Franciscans. Highly recommended. - George Guimond ofs, FVC
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Child labour, poverty and terrible working conditions lie behind the sugar you eat.
This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate, at what human cost they are produced and ultimately, where our responsibility lies.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. LEARN MORE
Description: We're the first generation to feel the devastating planetary consequences of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it. Why do we do so little when we know so much? Disruption unflinchingly investigates to find the answer, laying bare the terrifying science, the relentless industry special interests, and the broken political process failing to respond adequately to this ecological, social, and moral catastrophe. The film also takes us behind the scenes of the effort to organize the largest climate rally in history during the UN's 2014 world climate summit. This is the story of our unique, tipping-point moment in history. The film makes a compelling case for bold action strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.
"Heading for extinction and what to do about it" by Gail Bradbrook, PhD (50 mins 33 secs)
The film starts out hopeless and hard to hear but ends on a hopeful note. Bradbrook was born in 1972 and grew up in South Elmsall in Yorkshire, England. Her father worked at a mine in South Kirkby. She studied molecular biophysics at the University of Manchester and carried on with a PhD. She carried out post-doctoral work in India and France. In 2015, with George Barda, she set up the group Compassionate Revolution which morphed into Rising Up!, out of which came Extinction Rebellion (XR). She is protesting to raise awareness of the dangers from anthropogenic climate change and believes that only civil disobedience on a large scale can bring about the change that is needed.
With over 65 million people in the world today forcibly displaced from their homes, internationally renowned artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the global refugee crisis. He goes deep inside to get a personal look at refugees and what they go through.
Filmed across 23 countries, we get an inside look at Syrian and African refugees, among others, and the struggles and anguish they face in their efforts to get to safe ground where they can raise families and not fear for their lives on a daily basis. See the trailer below.
The film is available on Netflix or you may find it elsewhere on the internet.
The DVD is available for purchased.
Disobedience (40 Mins): Global Catholic Climate Movement suggested one way we could have marked Laudato Si' Week in 2016 would have been to show the film Disobedience (2016, Kelly Nyks) which featured Filipino Catholic Archbishop Arguelles, among others, and was part of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels movement. If not possible to show it during the Laudato Si' Week, show it anytime!
Download the film or join a screening party at : http://watchdisobedience.com
This page will present films which the editorial team feel are appropriate to its mission - being a voice for the voiceless. If you have any suggestions for us, please pass them along.
Some of these movies may be available elsewhere.
The Drop Box (2015) - Netflix
Queen of Katwe - Netflix