Brooklyn Farmer explores the challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm in New York City. As their growing operation expands to a second roof, the team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.
Animals are hidden in the shadows of our highly mechanized world. The Ghosts in Our Machine illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of Jo-Anne McArthur we become intimately familiar with a cast of animal characters.
The word ground in Czech is a word of many meanings: fertile or infertile soil, built-up or damaged land, but also homeland, native heath, that is the place where one was born and which people still, to a great extent, do not leave. But mostly, soil is not cared for much, because during the last […]
Where has the carton of milk come from and how come that the cows are milked by a robot? The host Eva Radilová and a group of kids set out on an adventurous journey to try and milk a cow, to visit the Czech University of Life Sciences where she will dismantle a cow dummy […]
The 80-year-old Czech scientist Otakar Štěrba, dean emeritus of the Faculty of Science at the Palacký University in Olomouc, has devoted his life to the exploration of nature through several scientific fields (hydrobiology, systematic zoology, zoogeography, nature protection). These fields have become the background for ecology, which is still his domain to this day…
The Novak family took advantage of land restitution and they started a large private farm. What have the couple with nine children had to go through during the past twenty years? The father handed the farm to one of his sons. Is it possible though to hand over to our offspring the values that our […]
Ján Mančuška’s documentary summarises the history and destinies of Czechs who, as a result of a crisis and lack of agricultural land, moved in the 19th century in several waves to Volyn gubernia in Ukraine where they gradually founded almost 200 villages.
Nine years ago on an ancient dilapidated farm in the village of Květná near the town of Polička construction work gradually started taking place. The former castle warden from Sovinec, but also an employee of the Ministry of Interior, Ferdinand Raditsch together with a group of young people who have just left children homes started […]
Abalimi is about Xhosa women growing organic vegetables in harsh conditions in townships around Cape Town, sparking a micro-farming revolution in their communities. It’s a story about how re-learning basic agriculture has led these women towards individual food security, possibly resulting in them winning back some of their basic human rights.
Growing Cities is an inspiring new film about urban farming in America. It follows gardeners and everyday people who are transforming their communities, one vacant lot, beehive, and rooftop farm at a time. Along the way, viewers discover urban agriculture is about a whole lot more than simply good food.
Featuring breathtaking imagery of Western Canada in the heart of winter and music from 2013 Polaris Prize winners, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tar offers a firsthand look at the pristine ecology put at risk by the Northern Gateway Project; a highly controversial project to transport Oilsands crude oil to Asian markets.
Supermarkets have changed the natural way of villages. People do their shopping in larger towns and they come to the village shop, if there still is one, only for a “chat over a bottle of lager”. What change has Czech countryside undergone due to the influence of the supermarket lobby?
Quick pacing of tourists. Drivers are getting nervous at the temperature of 40°C. Masses of bodies on the beach. Noise and garbage. Croatia – a touristic country at the peak of season is ready to take all chances for quick profit… Only several kilometres further, you can find a perfect Zen, a place where people […]
Set on the edge of the Thar Desert and in the middle of the biggest-ever camel fair, this film looks at the less known side of one of the world’s most visited and photographed tourist destinations. In the process it highlights human ingenuity and a sustainable solution that is used by millions of people worldwide […]
A boy with unusual color blindness causes his parents shame when he accidentally kills some village livestock, so his parents seek medical treatment for the boy, and when hospital doctors cannot help, they take him to a local Shaman for a remedy.
Satovcha is a small Bulgarian village with 2021 residents of different religious and ethnical groups (Orthodox Bulgarians, Muslim Turks, Pomacs and Evangelist Gypsies). People were divided by their past full of conflicts, but now they have found a way to each other through a simple medium – Food.
My grandfather is telling me a story that he invented, and asks me to make a film out of it. Because of pollution, pesticides, and other toxic substances, a bee decides to leave her hive, looking for a more comfortable place for her to live in.
Who decides on my mood, who determines my behavior? My consciousness or the billions of bacteria which are secretly living in my intestine? What do we know exactly about our belly, that organ full of neurons, which scientists are just beginning to explore and goes its own way?
Seeds of Time follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era of climate change.
Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system. The film features interviews with leading activists and is narrated by actor Jeremy Irons.
Powered by the conviction that crisis can be a major catalyst for change, Voices of Transition presents paths towards a new model of human existence: one which is fair, environmentally sound and fulfilling, with soil and people supporting each other in a balanced and sustainable system.
The story of dairy farmer Steve Hook, his favourite cow Ida and his unruly herd of cows. In an attempt to save his family farm Steve turns his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets. But staying small and keeping up a close relationship with his herd comes with a high emotional price. The […]
Chasing a comet – The Rosetta mission tells the story of one of the most complicated space missions to date, and a first in the history of space exploration. The European mission will orbit the comet 67P, and a lander named Philae will take measurements on its surface. They will tag along with the comet […]
A documentary about Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Africa. Where and how can it work? CA as an approach to managing agro-ecosystems helps to improve and sustain land productivity, increase profits and food security, while preserving and enhancing the resource base and the environment. It focuses on the situation in Kenya, Tanzania and Burkina Faso.
The Bonobo Connection is a documentary that takes you on an emotional journey to meet one of our closest relatives, the bonobo ape. Narrated by American actor and conservationist, Ashley Judd, the film explores the relationship that bonobos have with each other, how their social systems work and why they are so critical to the […]
Cook it Raw is a gathering of chefs and traditional food producers to explore the possibilities of cuisine; addressing innovation on the plate, while also looking at environmental, social, and cultural issues. This film documents what happened in Charleston South Carolina.
It can be hard to find great bread here in Minnesota, but a bakery by the name of Rustica has won our heart. So although this episode is a little less about ingredients and more about process, we really just wanted an excuse to observe their baking and enjoy their bread. So, a short video […]
Farms in the city, and particularly rooftop farms seem to be an obvious way to make positive change in our food systems. For that reason we wanted to see what two iconic Chinese cities had to offer. We found a burgeoning new movement with two charismatic folks at the forefront. Meet our farmers from Beijing […]
The story of a Turkish family on the Black Sea who return to their village to raise goats for yogurt and cheese after years in the city.
In the Kamberg Valley of South Africa the balance of nature isn’t what it used to be, Franco Esposito is doing something about the bushpig “problem”.
Wine has been made for thousands of years with two ingredients: grapes and time. At Cecchin winery in Mendoza, Argentina they continue to make this drink in the same manor. This film may not jive with all Wine Enthusiasts, but it’s an intriguing perspective.
Eastern Turkey is famous for its pure honey. The nectar comes only from wild mountain flowers and the native “Caucasian” bees are never given any sugar to increase production. But this bee and way of life are under threat from non-native species and over commercialization. Watch to find out what truly natural honey is.
Could a regional love of hummus be the recipe for peace in the Middle East? This was the question on director Trevor Graham’s mind when he set out to film Make Hummus Not War, a documentary about the Middle Eastern conflict you don’t see on the nightly news.
Up to 14 million species inhabit our planet. Animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms. Over the ages, many species have become extinct. To some extent that’s a natural process. But currently around 130 species are being wiped out EVERY DAY. Do we need all of them?
Global warming poses a threat to all of us – but especially to those who live in poverty-stricken countries. The number of people who have to fight to survive is climbing – worldwide. We can only stop climate change together.
Every day more than 140 thousand tonnes of food arrive by air in Germany alone: typical for an industrial nation. Importing food from abroad causes on average eleven times as much carbon dioxide as using locally grown produce. But locally grown is not always more sustainable.
The impact of climate change on international food production has long been underestimated. New studies looking at the effects of extreme weather scenarios on global food prices in 2030 project that the consumer price of corn and other grains could increase by as much as 140 percent.
The planet’s “green lung” – almost a third of the world’s land surface is covered by forests. They have huge ecological value by protecting biodiversity and stabilizing the climate. But how to measure the value of the forests? The UN program REDDplus offers an opportunity.
Sriracha has earned a cult following, but the story of this spicy sauce is a mystery to most fans. Dedicated to Sriracha lovers, this fast-paced documentary travels around the globe to reveal its origin and the man behind the iconic “rooster sauce.”
A film record of the award ceremony of the 12th Czech Association of Private Farming competition for the best farm of 2013. The main objective of the competition is to convince the agricultural and non-agricultural public that a farmer can be not only a successful businessperson and a content person, but also a proud and […]
This video was filmed for the Farmers’ Market by students of documentary filmmaking at the Czech University of Life Sciences in cooperation with the Archetyp civic association. It presents a small fruit-growing farm in České středohoří, in Shauerovy sady, orchards founded in 2000. Their fruit and vegetables are treated with ecologic protective means only.
Shauerovy zahrady (Shauers’s Gardens) is a small fruit-growing farm in the Central Bohemian Uplands established in 2000 from their own tree nursery. The reasons to go organic were that they live close to the orchard, that they do all the work themselves, they want to leave a minimal ecologic footprint and they want to supply […]
A short student film shot as a part of the documentary making seminar taught at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. Květuščina zahrádka (Kveta’s Garden) is a family farm that grows herbs and produces fresh pestos. They offer their products every week at Farmers’ Markets in Prague.
A shepherd herds his sheep. He sees a big tree and sits in its shadow to rest. He wants to eat the apples of the tree. He is going to make an effort to take them.
Gary, a robotics engineer, has developed a domestic android named Mona. He brings the humanoid robot home to carry out some tests. How will Gary’s wife Marie react?
The story of the inner life of a butterfly named Plain Tiger, Danaus Chrysippus. The film gives details of its life cycle and the predators it encounters during its brief life span. It contains various shots from mating to emerging as an adult. The film enchants the viewers by showing different stages of many species […]
A team of university documentary filmmakers is trying to solve a truly Pythagorean dilemma: to join circles or not to join them.
A visual invitation to Economic and Cultural Studies.