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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 January 24th at 7 pm. All films are shown on Wednesdays at the Athena Cinema, uptown Athens, free admission. Following each showing is a panel discussion featuring faculty, student 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.
Films this fall will examine a wide array of topics including: climate change as it impacts people and their communities, protections of historical and natural sites in relation to extraction, the impact of climate and extraction on our seas and the cultures intricately linked, the shipping industry and its social and environmental impacts, and resilience in challenging times cross-culturally.
Environmental Studies Sustainability Film Series Spring 2018
Playing at the Athena Cinema Uptown/ All Shows Wednesday @7 pm /Free Admission


January 24

The Anthrolologist

The Anthropologist examines climate change like no other film before. The fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.


February 7
Not Without Us  
Not Without Us follows seven grassroots activists from around the world to the 21st U.N. Climate Talks in Paris. The effects of climate change on their lives reveal what’s at stake if a strong agreement to limit carbon emissions is not reached. Yet, the landmark Paris Accords, signed by 192 nations, is non-binding. The film explores solutions to the problems we face.
February 21
The Borneo Case  
In The Borneo Case, documentary filmmakers Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams spend five years intimately following the trail of an unlikely group of activists whose aim is to investigate how profits from the illegal logging that has annihilated more than 90% of the Malaysian Borneo Rainforest, have been money laundered into property portfolios all around the world.
March 7
What Lies Upstream: Water and Soil Testing Campaign  
In this classic detective story, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to uncover the truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months. But when Hoback discovers an obscene collusion between chemical corporations and the highest levels of government, the investigation spirals in a terrifying direction, and we learn the frightening truth about what lies upstream of us all.
March 21
Happening, A Clean Energy Revolution
Happening is a personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while my discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a story of technology and innovation, ‘Happening’ explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.
April 4
Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock 
Awake follows the dramatic rise of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention. Thousands of activists converged from around the country to stand in solidarity with the Water Protectors (activists) protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The Water Protectors at Standing Rock have awakened the nation and forever changed the way we fight for clean water, the environment and the future of our planet.
April 18
Death By Design
In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry. What was uncovered tells an entirely different story to the falsified "clean industry" reputation promoted by the global electronics industry and the semi-conductor industry. Death by Design, a feature length documentary, explores this question and uncovers a global story of damaged lives, environmental destruction and devices that are designed to die. Consumers love - and live on - their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering.
The Environmental Studies Sustainability Film Series is an initiative supported by Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Alden Library, Athena Cinema, Arts and Sciences: Sustainability Studies Theme, Wealth and Poverty theme, Food Studies Theme,  Patton College of Education and the Ohio University Office of Sustainability.