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Environmental Studies Sustainability Film Series

Sustainability Film Series

The Environmental Studies Sustainability Film Series will continue this academic year beginning on September 5th at 7 pm. All films are shown on Wednesdays at the Athena Cinema, uptown Athens, and have free admission. Following each showing is a panel discussion featuring faculty, students and regional community members. Please join us for these conversations about the beautiful, thought-provoking and timely films.
Our vision and goals are those of years past: to create an engaging and educational experience for students. We envision OU students and graduates as leaders in sustainability challenges and solutions, taking their concerns and ideas on climate change, energy solutions and biodiversity challenges to classrooms, boardrooms, and places of policy making, to act as stewards and leaders in their work and communities.
Please click on the link immediately below for the most up to date information, or see the following static film listings.
Athens Sustainability Series
Playing at the Athena Cinema Uptown/ All Shows Wednesday @7 pm /Free Admission

Environmental Studies Fall Sustainability Film Series

Athena Cinema Uptown on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm/free admission


September 5:  Bill Nye: the Science Guy (95 mins)

Remember the Bill Nye that engaged us as children and parents? He is still trying to engage the public to science. Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. With intimate and exclusive access - as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy - this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view.

Sponsored by the Patton College


September 19:  The Devil We Know (95 mins)

Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical - now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans - into the drinking water supply. This film takes place in SE Ohio and West Virginia, close to Athens.

Pollution Prevention week, Sponsored by Office of Sustainability and Athens International Film Festival


October 3:  Daughters of the Forest (60 mins )

The UNESCO Mbaracayú Reserve in rural Paraguay is one of the last well-preserved remnants of Alto Paraná Atlantic forests in Paraguay. Daughters of the Forest, set in the Mbaracayu forest, follows a group of girls in one of the most remote forests left on earth who attend a radical high school where they learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves.

Sponsored by the Ohio Sierra Club Forests and Public Lands


October 17:   Farmsteaders (63 mins)

A story of local farmers, Laurel Valley Creamery in Meigs county, Ohio. Nick and Celeste, the farmers of Laurel Valley offer a  study of place and persistence.  Nick and Celeste’s meditations on life, legacy, and resistance act as a voice to those who grow the food that sustains us.

Sponsored by the Athens International Film Festival, Filmmaker Shaena Mallett and Laurel Valley farmers. Cheese tasting before film.


October 31:   Water Explored


Water Warriors (22 mins)

When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.


Flint: Voices (25 mins)

From Flint goes beyond the news headlines to spotlight the impact of the devastating water contamination crisis on the people of Flint, Michigan. The film highlights the stories of residents who were personally injured, along with the work of local organizations and individuals that rallied to support them.

Sponsored by the Institute of Applied Professional Ethics


November 14:   Night of Shorts—To be announced


November 28:  Taking Root (80 Mins)

The story weaves a compelling and dramatic narrative of one woman’s personal journey, Wangari Maathai in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country. Maathai responds to deforestation and social injustice with the question, “Why not plant trees?” With this realisation Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization encouraging rural women to plant trees.

Sponsored by the Arts and Sciences Sustainability Theme