Movies with an Environmental Message
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The Biggest Little Farm2019Get this item
The gorgeous visuals alone are reason enough to watch this documentary about a city couple that follows their dream to become farmers. But the Chesters' determination to transform their nutrient-depleted land into a diverse biodynamic farm shows environmental advocacy hard at work.
Honeyland2019Get this item
In this award-winning documentary, we meet Hatidže Muratova, a keeper of wild bees in a remote area of North Macedonia. Keeping the balance between humanity and a fragile, vulnerable ecosystem is her life. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Boy & the World2016Get this item
There is hardly any dialogue in this beautifully animated feature movie from Brazil, and I guarantee that you will not miss it as you follow the protagonist through his journey. The message to protect the lush, peaceful countryside against seemingly unstoppable industrial development and pollution could not be more immediate.
The Pollinators2020Get this item
Showing more love for our pollinator friends, this doc is a fine example of environmental filmmaking. I liked the scientists, experts, and beekeepers interviewed, how they looked to the future and talked about what can be done to help. Also available on Kanopy.
Whale Rider2003Get this item
File this under crowd-pleaser. Young Pai and the whales connect in a wonderful, life-affirming way. Also available on Hoopla and Kanopy.
Dark Waters2020Get this item
Mark Ruffalo’s environmental activist heart is all over this feature movie. He is a co-producer and stars as the real-life lawyer who spent years taking DuPont to task for contaminating a small town with unregulated chemicals.
Princess Mononoke2000Get this item
A stunning anime layered with complex environmental themes concerning industrialization, humans, forest creatures, and nature gods. No matter how many times I watch this Hayao Miyazaki classic film from 1997, I always find something new and thought-provoking.
Weathering with You2020Get this item
It rains nearly all the time in Tokyo--sunlight is rare. This anime fantasy/romance tackles climate change on a personal level, putting the power to stop it with each of us. Also available on Hoopla.
Woman at War2019Get this item
One of my favorite under-the-radar movies to recommend. Halla is a resourceful eco-warrior by night, known as “The Woman of the Mountain,” waging a one-person battle against the local aluminum plant. What’s not to like? In Icelandic with English subtitles.
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