Sustainability Film Series
The Environmental Studies Sustainability Film Series will continue this academic year beginning on September 6th at 7 pm. All films are shown on Wednesdays at the Athena Cinema, uptown Athens, free admission. Following each showing a panel discussion will feature faculty, student and regional community members. Please join us for a conversation following these 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 relation to sustainability challenges and solutions, taking their concerns and solutions on climate change, energy solutions and biodiversity challenges to classrooms and boardrooms, in places of policy making, to act as stewards and leaders in their work and community places.
Films this fall will examine 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 Fall 2017
Playing at the Athena Cinema Uptown/ All Shows Wednesday @7 pm /Free Admission
Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy?
Chasing Coral (2017)
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Chasing Coral was directed by Jeff Orlowski and Produced by Larissa Rhodes. The film took more than three years to shoot, and is the result of 650 + hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from various locations around the world. By the director of Chasing Ice.
Tidewater (2016) Rainmakers of Nganyi, (2016) The Call from the Sea (2016)
Tidewater (45 mins)
Tidewater explores the challenge of sea level rise in the Tidewater region of Virginia and North Carolina, encompassing Hampton Roads, arguably the region whose vulnerability most affects our overall national security.
Researchers at Kenyan universities were faced with a problem: the weather forecasts that they were providing weren’t being taken seriously. Faced with climate change and climatic extremes, farmers were losing crops and finding it increasingly difficult to predict the weather.
The Call from the Sea (15 minutes)
The Bajau are an indigenous, sea nomadic group that live on top of the ocean in Indonesia. This short documentary looks at the ocean through the Bajau’s eyes. ‘The Call from the Sea’ is a poetic, personal story about the fragile state of the ocean and the people who live closest to it.
90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization; without it, it would be impossible to fulfil the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all.
Samuel in the Clouds (2017)
In Bolivia, the glaciers are melting. Samuel, a ski lift operator, is looking out of a window on the rooftop of the world. Through many generations his family lived and worked in the snowy mountains, but now snow fails. While scientists are discussing and measuring ominous changes Samuel honors the ancient mountain spirits. Clouds continue to drift by.
Saving Mes Aynak (2014)
Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eagerbto harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins.
The Badger-Two Medicine is the cradle of Blackfeet culture and the home of a vast array of fish and wildlife. Located at the intersection of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier National Park, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Badger is an undeveloped expanse of mountains, ridges, river valleys, and wetlands. In 1981, the U.S. government illegally leased the Badger at $1 per acre for oil and gas development—without consulting the Blackfeet Tribe and without conducting a proper environmental
review. Now is the time to protect the Badger once and for all from industrial development.