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    The Age of Consequences

    Admirals, generals, and veterans are an unlikely bunch to interview for a documentary about global warming. However, in director Jared Scott’s brilliant new work, the focus isn’t on how human activity contributes to climate change but rather how climate change contributes to human activity, rendering these individuals—who have witnessed, analyzed, or offered strategic advice on… Read More
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    Forgotten Farms

    The picturesque dairy farms of New England are an industry in transition. From over 10,000 dairy farms some years ago, only about 2000 are still in production. Forgotten Farms considers what has put these small dairy farms at risk and what further change might mean for the region. Small-production dairy farms bring benefits beyond milk… Read More
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    Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping

    The next time you buy clothes, do not just spare a thought for the workers who sewed your garment. Also consider the international crew who spent lonely months without Internet or phone on the container ship that brought it to you. Consider the invasive species that the container ship brought with it, the pollution that… Read More
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    Food Evolution

    Francis Nanzin is a Ugandan subsistence farmer whose crops are among the half of Uganda’s banana trees that have been wiped out by a bacterial disease known as banana wilt. In Food Evolution, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Francis’s face lights up as local scientists show her the disease-resistant banana trees they have created through… Read More
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    Salero

    Gathering, grinding, and selling salt from the Uyuni salt flat has always been a tough job for the Bolivian “saleros” who have worked the flat for generations. The focus of this film is on Moises, a salero who lives with his wife and children in the nearby town of Colchani. Salero presents vivid images from… Read More
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    Emphasizing service to people and the planet, a new documentary seeks to inspire the next engineers

    Engineering has an image problem. The phrase “engineering disaster” rolls off the tongue, while great technical achievements are more often heralded as “scientific miracles.” Stereotypes of skinny white males with horn-rimmed glasses and pocket protectors continue to shape our ideas about who can become an engineer. Acknowledging the fact that the public and engineering students… Read More
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    Poached

    Poached is a film about the obsession that drives some Englishmen to extremes to collect wild bird eggs. These men will climb trees and cliffs—several have fallen to their deaths—in pursuit of eggs. Those of rare birds of prey, including ospreys, peregrine falcons, and hen and marsh harriers, are esteemed, but most prized of all… Read More
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    Bluespace

    Bluespace uses the possibility of terraforming Mars as a (sometimes loose) organizing principle for examining Earth’s endangered ecosystems. The film is divided into three parts. In the first, “The Imagined World,” the “canals” of Mars—long, straight lines observed by early astronomers that were once believed to be evidence of intelligent Martian life—are juxtaposed with images… Read More
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    An American Ascent

    In his famous speech, Martin Luther King Jr. declared, “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low.” Flashbacks to this speech are featured in An American Ascent, which chronicles the journey of nine African-American mountaineers as they endeavor to climb Denali, North America’s… Read More