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Environmental & Agricultural Documentaries

DVD Documentaries: Environment

These DVDs are available from the Parks Library Media Center, which is located on the lower level of Parks Library

 

After the Last River

In the shadow of a De Beers diamond mine, a remote indigenous community lurches from crisis to crisis, as their homeland transforms into a modern frontier. Rosie Koostachin delivers donations to families who live in uninsulated sheds, overgrown with toxic mold. She is determined to raise awareness, believing that if only Canadians knew, her hometown's dire situation would improve. Over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows Attawapiskat's journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight twice - first when the Red Cross intervenes and again during the protest movement, Idle No More. Weaving together great distances, intimate scenes and archive images, the documentary chronicles the First Nation's fight for justice in the face of hardened indifference.

DVD Documentaries : Agriculture

Growing Cities (call number: DVD 007 595)

TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlSlkAB8cBo

From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. Growing Cities goes coast to coast to tell the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, activists, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. From those growing in backyards to make ends meet to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers find that urban farming is about much more than simply good food.

 

Urban Roots (call number: DVD 007 511)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpifS2GV660

URBAN ROOTS is a feature-length documentary that follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. A timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.

 

King Corn (call number: DVD 002 857)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGSsScjwQ3Y

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

Food Chains (call number: DVD 007 241)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqZLrXVAde4

A powerful true story of one small group of workers overcoming corporate greed to end slavery and abuse in America's fields