Films – Environment

Blood Diamond
Director: Edward Zwick, Source: Warner Brothers
The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world. Curriculum from Amnesty International includes lesson plans, a glossary, discussion questions and materials for further study. Lesson 2 deals with colonial exploitation of natural resources and the “resource curse” that leads to war and poverty.

Available from various sources: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play
Time: 143 minutes
Grade Level: high school – adult 

Chasing Ice 
Director: Jeff Oriowski
, Source: Submarine Deluxe, 2012
Description: Time-lapse cameras capture a multi-year record of the world’s “dying glaciers.” Teacher’s guides:  Several available from Chasing Ice and Docs for Schools.
Time: 75 minutes
Grade Level: high school – adult

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
Director: Mark Kitchel, Source: Bullfrog Films
Documentary of the development of the environmental movement. Teacher’s guide available on the DVD.
Time: 53 minutes
Grade Level: high school – adult

Food, Inc.

Director: Robert Kerner; Source: Magnolia Pictures, 2008
An unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry. Multiple accompanying teaching guides available from EcoLiteracyPBSBio Immersion, and Searching for Sustenance.
Time: 94 minutes
Grade Level: high school – adult

A Place at the Table

Director/Producer: Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobs, Source: Magnolia Pictures, 2012
Makes the case that hunger has serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation.
Time: 84 minutes
Grade Level: high school – adult

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Director: Lisa Merton, Alan Dater, Source: PBS
The story of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization encouraging rural women and families to plant trees in community groups, and follows Maathai, the movement’s founder and the first environmentalist and African woman to win the Nobel Prize. Modules and lesson plans available from PBS.
Time: various
Grade Level: middle school – adult