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Wings of Life directed by Louie Schwartzberg and narrated by Meryl Streep, has the most incredible close-up footage I've ever seen. It's not only astonishing but fascinating as well. Watch up close the intricate world of butterflies, bees, birds and bats and learn how essential they are to health of our planet. This film will knock your socks off! Can't wait to watch it again!
Garden for Wildlife is part of as series of short eco-films produced by the G2 Gallery and directed, filmed and edited by Erik Friedl. In Garden for Widlife, we learn from David Mizejewski, a National Wildlife Federation naturalist "how each of us can make a difference for wildlife by restoring habitat right in our own garden. Whether you're in the city, suburbs or country, each of us can do simple things to help wildlife and then certify our gardens with National Wildlife Federation as official wildlife habitats." I found this film very informative and is a must see for garden and nature enthusiasts.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an extraordinary 12-year-old environmental activist from Boulder, Colorado and the leader of Earth Guardians. He credits his heritage for teaching him a deep connection to the Earth that "life is sacred and should be protected. In order to change the world, we have to change the way we think about earth and others" He was the youngest and one of the most inspired speakers at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio Brazil 2012. Peter Gabriel's organization Witness, made a short documentary about Xiuhtezcatl and his story, which was featured in "Trust Colorado". It won the 2012 Best Environmental Film Documentary of the year.
In case you missed the 3-part series shown recently on PBS's Nature, about the life and work of Sir David Attenborough called aptly Life Stories, it will be released on DVD this month. Sir David Attenborough takes us down memory lane, whether it's an unexpected close-up with a Komodo Dragon or a nocturnal encounter with an adorable Kiwi, to present day where he gets to show off some incredible footage of an army of Ants, possible only because of the technically innovative camera equipment available today.
I have enjoyed watching David Attenborough's shows since I was a child, inspiring me to open up my eyes, mind and soul to nature's wonders and instilling in me a better understanding and respect for the wild.
I can't wait to see the film Landfill Harmonic, an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play with instruments made from trash. Most of the families, including the children, are employed by the landfill as recyclers.
Favio Chavez, the director of the orchestra of recycled instruments, inspires the kids through music to rise from a life of danger and misery. I hope that this film has a far-reaching impact and that it brings the world's attention to the thousands globally who live near similar dumps. To see the trailer click here.
Have you ever wondered how flamingos, which were born white, get that red/pink sheen? I've always been intrigued by flamingos, because they are such fascinating looking birds. This film satisfied my curiosity and then some. This gorgeous and entertaining film shows a million crimson-winged flamingos arrive (beyond stunning!) to continue the circle of life, in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, Lake Natron in the heart of Africa, a shallow and toxic lake that burns red with algae during the once-a-year rains.
Participate in the making of One Day On Earth/12-12-12, a film series that documents the world's story, completing the inspiring trilogy, created by Kyle Ruddick, founder of One Day On Earth. This worldwide multimedia event was started back in 2008 and has thousands of participants simultaneously film over the same 24-hour period throughout every country in the world. The mission "is to create media that educates, informs, and inspires social change towards a more sustainable planet." Everyone is welcome to participate!
Seed Hunter is fascinating. Whether you are a seed collecting enthusiast such as myself or not, this documentary is very entertaining as it follows the challenges the Seed Hunter has in "finding seeds that may help save the world from its greatest ever crisis-a global food shortage brought about by human-induced climate change."
Follow Seed Hunter extraordinaire Dr. Ken Street, as he hunts for ancient seeds in remote villages in the Middle East, to the mountains of Tajikistan, and finally, making a precious deposit in the seed bank above the Arctic Circle called the Doomsday vault.
Jane's Journey, the story of Jane Goodall, is a gentle film not unlike its impressive subject. Jane Goodall is a primatologist and an environmental activist, dedicating her entire life to the natural world and its preservation. I enjoyed watching her fascinating journey as a 23 year old from England who moves to Tanzania, Africa and then her shift nearly 30 years later to activism in 1986 and the founding of the global Roots and Shoots, her youth organization that inspires others to make a difference in the world.
FRESH is an entertaining and enlightening documentary, which I highly recommend everyone to watch, especially if you are as interested as I am in learning about the good food movement. FRESH, directed by Ana Joanes, outlines very clearly the vicious cycle of our current food production methods, while also celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system and redefining the way we eat and how we live. FRESHfeatures one of my heroes, inspiring sustainable farmer Joel Salatin, who farms the old-fashioned way, explaining while he works that we can raise everything we need without the industrial food system. It's time for a call to action for our young people to take up this noble profession!