The man and the pig, an old love story, an organic passion and devouring. As we said, everything is good in the pig…
Filmed in Sabah, Borneo the documentary is an uplifting, often funny story of one man’s determined dream to save the smallest, least studied and, pound for pound, most dangerous bears on Earth.
Follow the story of a just 2mm-long invader on its rise to power – the Argentine Ant in southern Europe. This invasive species has formed the largest supercolony on the planet – with the potential to change whole ecosystems and cause highly problematic agricultural damage, scientists believe. It’s the story of the biggest predator on […]
Three billion people cook on inefficient wood burning stoves and the smoke claims two million victims a year. At Aprovecho Research Center in Oregon, engineers, architects, artisans and volunteers gather to find the solution: they test and compare improved stoves in order to save the air, the forests and human lives. Introduction to the issue […]
Michael Reynolds and the Earthship went to Sierra Leone to build a Waldorf School. The project was very difficult, but a great success in the end.
Ladakh has suffered many years of terrible natural disasters, possibly the consequences of climate change, which regularly claim many victims. Faced with this repeated “anger of gods”, a Ladakhi writer-director shares with us his concerns and the troubles of his people. He talks about the spiritual relationship between the Ladahki people and nature.
Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the 20th century. He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. Green Fire explores Leopold’s personal journey of observation and understanding. The film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land.
A country like no other in Europe, Hungary is influenced by the rhythms of its rivers. White-tailed eagles, otters and enormous catfish share the wetlands with many other species living close to the local people, often unnoticed. Wild Hungary is their story presenting some never-before-filmed animal behavior like dancing deer or wintering catfish.
In a hermetically sealed off safari park in Austria our civilization’s moral challenges collide under a magnifying glass: guilt, responsibility, redemption. Fourty chimpanzees survived HIV experiments “serving mankind”. Traumatized, highly aggressive and mentally isolated. Today four caretakers manage a unique rehabilitation project, where the victims learn how to become monkeys.
Saving the Life Keepers is a visual delight for the eyes and reveals how local citizens, farmers, small and large businesses as well as beekeepers can help protect and preserve bee populations throughout the world.
With all its tigers exterminated, Sariska got a fresh lease of life with the scientific trans-location of a male and female tiger from Ranthambore National Park. Tiger Dynasty is the intimate story of the young tigress Baghani and the challenging journey she undertakes to reclaim lost tiger territory and begin a new dynasty.
The film tells about the history and the current situation in the development of the Moon and the circumlunar space, the achievements of Soviet and American researchers. But the main theme is the analysis of the upcoming big event – we now know that both Russia and the US took aim at the Moon. What […]
15 years ago a wave of privatisation of our water supply started. Many communities are at the risk of being cheated by superior corporate groups.The documentary is about the biggest water companies worldwide and the resistance against them. It shows how ‘money printing machines’ of the companies work, especially in France and Germany with some […]
There were many who smiled about Prince Charles becoming a “green” Prince. A few of them thought that his ideas were just crazy. Together with David Wilson, a farm manager, he developed several strategies to increase the vitality of the soil and to promote biodiversity. The film features them and both share a common vision […]
Having harvested disastrous crops of Monsanto’s genetically modified “BT” cotton, many Indian farmers face ruin. For many farmers, the only escape from accumulated debt is suicide. For more than 20 years, Vandana Shiva dedicated herself to defending the rights of India’s small farmers and maintaining biodiversity. “Monsanto – quit India” is her mantra.
Franz Josef Kögel used to practice high-performance sports. However, it was not him, but his cattle that had to perform under the immense daily pressure to satisfy their farmer’s insatiable desire for a greater milk yield. Franz had to experience what many dairy farmers have not yet come to realize: in the end, high performance […]
We will show you people who promote a greater variety in potatoes. They love potatoes, a humble vegetable that enriches our menus in so many different ways: Rosemary potatoes, potato soup, potato pasta with fresh morel mushrooms, mashed potatoes or simply potatoes boiled with skin on and served with butter.
The Kriegers have been pioneers in the art of beer-brewing for many generations. Grandpa Krieger was one of the first to brew lager in Bavaria which is now hard to imagine without beer. Four generations later, Michael Krieger hopes his beer specialities from old species of wheat like Emmer wheat, spelt and Einkorn wheat will […]
Regions and society in upheaval. People who want to shape the future. Small gestures hoping to provoke larger changes. A journey along the boundaries of a socio-ecological transformation. Do shrinking societies provide space for real economic opportunities? As a plea for micropolitics, this documentary presents pioneer ideas and projects that give wings to a new […]
The results of price wars of the big German supermarkets for the whole supply chain are shown in a dynamic montage.
A shortfilm about forced child-labor in cotton fields in Uzbekistan
GREEN UP COLORADO explores the local food movement, alternative energy, recycling and green jobs through the eyes of a diverse cross-section of artists, activists & social entrepreneurs who are creating sustainable communities. This film shows how individuals can create change on a global level and that small steps do lead to a world of difference.
Across the U.S. there’s a growing movement of educated young people leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. GROW! takes a look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys […]
Korana is a visually stunning short film about nature. It was shot at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia, combining impressive underwater images, deep caves and aerial shots. Translated from Croatian the word ‘Korana‘ means water that runs through forest and rock. This work was made by film students as a first-year-project at a film […]
The untold story of the Greek countryside unfolds through a man’s journey across the crisis-stricken country, uncovering the stories of young farmers and the prospects of revamping the economy through sustainable rural development. The film uses the case of Greece in order to touch urgent global challenges like food security, the environment and the future […]
In a factory farm a chicken has a vision: she becomes aware of the wheels that rule her life and her destiny. Even cloistered among millions of chickens who don’t share her anguish, she believes a different life is possible.
Thanks to some extraordinary filming techniques, this documentary takes us to the heart of the world of spiders – a world which remains largely a mystery, even though we live with spiders on a daily basis. This astonishing world can be glimpsed under any wardrobe, or with a trip to your balcony or garden.
This documentary follows the grassroots efforts of Ikal Angelei, a 32 year-old Turkana native, to halt construction of the Gibe III dam in Ethiopia in order to protect the indigenous people who rely on the Omo River and Lake Turkana as their vital source of water.
Berlin’s Fuck For Forest is one of the world’s most bizarre charities. Based on the idea that sex can save the world, the NGO raises money for their environmental cause by selling home-made erotic films on the internet. These activists are on a planet-saving mission to buy a piece of forest land and save the […]
Black, wonderful, mysterious… thorny, unavailable, delicious… healthy, magnificent, powerful… Blackberry is the queen of forest fruits.
In 2012 the countries of Sahel faced a new terrible food crisis threatening the life of about 15 million people. The film tells the story of the long chain that connected the local populations in need to the places where humanitarian policies are decided.
In the Horn of Africa, during the drought, a unique secular water management system permits to manage the little available water as the right of everyone. It has been safeguarded for centuries by the valiant Borana tribe.
Salvadoran farmer Francisco Pineda is putting his life on the line to stop a gold mine that he fears would destroy his community’s way of life and prove disastrous to El Salvador’s fragile water resources.
Micro Empire… moving on from Macro Kingdom, we pass through the portal of a microscope to venture into the Micro Empire … surrounding us… inhabiting us… Stranger than fiction… molecular conflict and mitochondrial warfare… a heartstopping, subcellular epic… a truly microcinematic experience…
The minute is a special place, unseen microcosmos within an unseen universe bind us together. So, what is it about the scaled down infinate? Certainly not unappreciable.. as you can see and hear.. We bring to life forms, shapes, ideas.. We bring to life your attention… This regal landscape of atomic proportion.
The issue of access to affordable farmland is the greatest impediment to young farmers starting out on Long Island. Land values on Long Island have continued to rise, driving farmers off the land and precluding new farmers from entering the market. Growing Farmers, a new documentary, looks at the issue and explores some of the […]
Coexistence of people with wild nature filmed in the Tatra Mountains National Park.
One of the biggest documented chamois tragedies in the High Tatras since the Tatra Mountains National Park law came to power.
What if you were allowed to have only one child and had the option of selecting its genes? Would you choose a natural or a designer baby? The documentary DNA Dreams features a new generation of scientists at BGI, China’s leading genomics research institute. This award-winning documentary shows traces of a future that is already […]
Our world is full of small, imperceptible motions and changes we cannot normally see. This short film showcases novel video processing algorithms that can analyze and visualize those small changes directly from ordinary videos, opening a door to a whole new world that was invisible to us, until now.
Bending Sticks celebrates the twenty-five year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work and reveals Dougherty’s process, personal story and inspirations.
Between 400 and 800 French farmers commit suicide every year. In 1999, the father of director Edouard Bergeon became one of them. Decades later, Bergeon returns to his roots in Southwest France to follow the Itards, a family of farmers, for 14 months. Their story provides a microcosm of the crisis engulfing farmers across Europe […]
The family provides ends in the upbringing of children. But unless there is hope for them of a change of condition – and it is in the nature of such things that an improvement of social condition should represent nothing other than an exception – the sight of one’s own children condemned to the selfsame […]
Western lowland gorilla is by far the most numerous of the four gorilla subspecies – between 150,000 to 200,000 individuals. Its numbers, however, have supposedly fallen by up to 60 per cent and it is said that within decades it might face extinction. The Prague ZOO has launched projects for the protection of western lowland […]
The film discusses the cultivation systems including: -post-harvest cultivation, -pre-sowing cultivation -cultivation of the arable layer. Each part of the film presents the utilised cultivation tools during operation. The nature of their operation, the purpose of their application and guidelines for their use in practice are explained.
The film describes the general principles of organic agriculture. In the first part, concerning the organic plant production, it shows selected farming issues, with particular reference to soil cultivation. In the part concerning livestock production special attention has been paid to both animal welfare and feeding with farm fodder.
A film portrait of the landscape of the first national park in the Czech Republic for its 50th anniversary is a poetic as well as a realistic celebration of this beautiful area, but also a suggestion how Czech landscape should be protected today. The highest Czech peak, Sněžka, lies here, over 1250 plant species can […]
Food is transported across the world leaving a huge environmental footprint. An example of this is frozen horse meat which was transported around all of Europe. There isn’t sufficient control and often even a will of national governments to intervene against producers of low quality foods. Is there a way out of this vicious circle?
The Oriental Fruit Fly has invaded over 20 countries and harmed more than 250 varieties of fruits, vegetables and fleshy flowers. It is regarded as the “number one fruit killer’ and makes the farmers shiver with fear. An old man leading a team of three has conducted a long and intense research for ten years. […]
This film is an inspirational story of a man who cares about the destiny of his country and who wants to help restore the precious mountain forests in the region of his tribe Kedjom-Keku in north-western Cameroon. Set out on a journey through this colourful African country with us and find out that an individual […]
Betting the Farm is the story of a group of Maine dairy farmers who are dropped by their national milk company. Together, the farmers launch their own milk company, Maine’s Own Organic Milk. Faced with slow sales and mounting bills, can the farmers hang together long enough for the gamble to pay off? Or will […]
Saline land fish-farming is a new technique which gained the 2nd prize in the China Science Progress Award. Saline land in China makes up almost 10% of the total area of saline land in the world according to the UNESCO and FAO data. The techniques applied in China are very significant and instructive to the […]
The sturgeons are one of the old and rare fish species. This film introduces a new method of artificial breeding which breaks down the technical barrier. The core of the technology lies in how to successfully hatch the fry out while keeping the female sturgeons alive.
Rare earths are a necessary part of future technologies. We need them to survive. But they have a dark side. Scientists around the world are looking for new, better ways to source these minerals.
This film invites you to dive in the extraordinary universe of the perfumers. How do we become a perfumer? Our team went to Grasse, in France, the world capital of perfumery, to answer these questions. And what happens when you lose your precious sense of smell ?
Matière Grise has sent its team to shoot the hearth of the African most active volcano: the Nyiragongo. After killing thousands of people, this monster is now under tight surveillance. Concretely, scientists have climbed to the top of this 3000 meter high volcano and then reached the crater to install their high-tech instruments able to […]
In some cases copying can be a really good idea… if nature inspires us! Strong glue made by …mussels; astonishing frog’s skin properties; incomparable elephant trunk flexibility; and last but not least, self-washing leaves: nature is full of extraordinary inventions. To mimic the living is exactly what the biomimetic does. But it is not because […]
Is it necessary to get a spacecraft to take pictures of our planet? Well, not necessarily. A Belgian photographer managed to take stunning pictures of Earth from the stratosphere without leaving terra firma! His trick? Using a ball and a simple box filled with crude instruments, sent from his garden.
The documentary presents an exploration of a nearly invisible fresh water algae with the scientific name Spirulina Arthrospira Platensis. The amazing nutritional properties of the Spirulina algae are decoded along with the production stages up to its consumption. An excellent solution for battling malnutrition as well as contributing to the fight against the global warming […]
Soil is endangered. Every day Europe loses approximately 250 hectares of soil. Covered with concrete and asphalt this land is lost as fertile soil, habitat for wildlife and plants and last but not least for following generations. Scientists are searching for solutions how to improve needed infrastructure and housing areas without destroying the basis of […]