Many short films in the AudPop film library teach us about the earth and how to protect it. Here are five great short films to watch and celebrate Earth Day 2020 while sequestered at home.
Happy Earth day! Most of us are at home. Today, some of us across the world can go outside and play. But many of us are stuck inside. Here are five awesome short films about the Earth to keep you entertained, inspired, and educated.
We Are in the Field, by Gabrielle Diamond
A young Nepalese man struggles to protect the wildlife and natural habitat of his country. This documentary follows Manoj Gautam on a passionate quest to protect animals and wildlife from cruelty and extinction. As a child he was inspired by the work of Jane Goodall and has since become her close friend and protégé. He founded Nepal’s first wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center and Roots & Shoots branch. With minimal resources and no formal training, he’s created a network of allies across the country, tracking and busting smugglers, protecting fragile ecosystems, and rescuing abused animals. For 11 days filmmaker Gabriel Diamond followed Manoj as he traversed the country, monitoring the training and abuse of baby elephants for PETA in Chitwan National Forest, going undercover to track owl, eagle, and leopard smugglers, evading their death threats, rescuing cobras from snake charmers, confronting abusive zookeepers, creating a vulture eco-tourism reserve, planning a massive alien plant species eradication effort, freeing pythons, teaching Tibetan refugees, and continually finding new ways to improve conditions for plants and animals. weareinthefield.com
The Last Straw by Ben Von Wong
A group of volunteers comes together to raise awareness for single-use plastics by collecting 168,000 straws and breaking a world record. This video went viral and won the AudFest Wild & Green Film Festival.
Every Nine Minutes by Oliver Hamilton
Every nine minutes, the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) in plastic makes its way into our oceans. To call attention to this, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single-use, locally sourced plastic trash. Certified by Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.
A Word To The Wise by Maria Jose Lemos Pare
From cannibalism to deforestation, this is life according to Douglas Lui Fo’oa, a husband and father from the Solomon Islands. Douglas knows his way around the archipelago’s ancient history and is also equally comfortable discussing the issues and challenges that may change his community’s way of life.
Douglas Tompkins – A Wild Legacy by James Q Martin And Chris Cresci
Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building successful, global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world, completing first descents of the world’s toughest rivers. In 1968 Doug embarked on a trip to Chile, driving with friends from California to the tip of Patagonia. Documented in the film Mountain of Storms, the trip solidified Doug’s place as rock climbing legend. In the early 1990s, Doug sold his part of Esprit and moved down to Chile to do conservation work full time with his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Together, over the last 25 years, Doug and Kris have protected 2.2 million acres, more land than any other individuals. The foundations under the Tompkins Conservation umbrella, along with their partners, have created five national parks in Chile and Argentina and are in the process of creating five more. A Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission. Doug was tragically killed in a kayaking accident on Lago General Carrera, north of Patagonia Park, on December 8th, 2015. Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy was presented to audiences at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival on May 24th, 2016 during the festival’s tribute to Doug.
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