The following films were previously chosen or previewed to be shown by Sustainable Rossmoor at Peacock Hall. All of the listed DVDs have been donated to the Rossmoor library and are available there for check out.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007) With a mix awe, humor, and enlightenment, award-winning filmmaker Werner Herzog explores Antarctica with a group of truly unique people who risk their lives to study it. They find a desolate, beautiful landscape, largely untouched by human hands. Based in McMurdo Station, the continent’s largest research center, they endure volatile conditions to learn more about the continent’s wildlife and awe-inspiring natural wonders. http://youtu.be/MImYM87jOtU
The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People (2015) follows renewable energy revolution across the United States, and what everyday people are doing to help foster that shift. It’s features a countless number of individuals and communities that are re-imagining their relationship with the planet and with each other – some right here in the Bay Area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
King Corn (2007) is a feature documentary about two friends competing with modern mono-crop agriculture that uses pesticides, fertilizers, and subsidies to drive our fast-food nation. http://www.imdb.com/title/
Last Call at the Oasis (2011) shares a tsunami of information about the world’s water crisis without water-boarding the viewer, and shows solutions beginning to be implemented on both the macro and micro level, and where we can make a difference. http://www.imdb.com/title/
Poisoned Waters, Frontline (2009) examines at the problem of water pollution in the United States. It focuses on the worsening conditions in the Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay and looks at the threat posed by runoff from agriculture and industry. http://www.imdb.com/title/
Queen of the Sun: What Are Bees Telling Us (2010) is a beautiful nature film which poetically balances a sense of urgency about the global bee crisis with hope and inspiration. These fuzzy little creatures keep us alive; they are responsible for 4 of every 10 bites of essential foods we eat. Yet, their own survival is at risk largely due to human activity. The film reveals both the problems and the solutions of renewing a culture in balance with nature. It earned a 97% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics, and nearly a dozen international awards. With captions. Trailer: http://youtu.be/ekoeQodrVoM
Racing to Zero, in Pursuit of Zero Waste (2014) is a quick-moving, up-beat documentary that presents new solutions to the global problem of waste. Although waste may create garbage, garbage is in itself a resource, and that is key. http://www.imdb.com/title/
Rebels with a Cause (2013) emphasizes the value of open space and provides the David and Goliath origin for one of America’s most visited, and most beautiful, urban national parks – Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. http://www.imdb.com/title/
Salt of the Earth (2014) features the life and breath-taking work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado spanning 40 years as he documents deprived societies in hidden corners of the world. He shares his need to return home to heal his soul and reforest his family farm, both of which flourish. http://youtu.be/OivMlWXtWpY
Symphony of the Soil (2013) is an artistic exploration of our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and healthy soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. http://youtu.be/K5QYZ-LRXW4
This Changes Everything (2015) Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis connect the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there, examining the challenges of climate change and how environmental activists make a difference worldwide. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=
Trashed (2012) Jeremy Irons travels around the world to see beautiful locations tainted by pollution, exposing problems trash is causing and the stories of people who are learning to make less of it. It reinforces the idea that we can make a change no matter where we live. http://youtu.be/7UM73CEvwMY