More and more people around the world are getting involved, tirelessly with a common goal: to save the world we live in from destruction. Activists* from Peru, Cambodia, Canada, and other countries make it clear that they no longer accept the exploitation and abuse of their homeland and environment. The Human Rights Film Festival shows six inspiring documentaries about climate, environment, and nature conservation.
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In an era of eroded journalism, fragmented audiences, and consolidated corporate power, 40 journalists from 15 countries work together to support the work of local reporters who, as a result of their pursuit of truth, have been threatened, jailed or killed. Green Blood is an unprecedented collaborative investigation uncovering the dangerous practices of three mining companies operating in India, Guatemala, and Tanzania, that exposes crimes against humanity and the environment.
NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA
When Burkina Faso starts to issue mining permits in 2000, gold fever strikes. In 2008, a British mining company starts digging away the soil that's vital to the villagers’ lives in Kalsaka. The people of Kalsaka are promised a golden future, but only six years later, reality rears its ugly head: the mountains of gold have been taken from them, and they are left with nothing but polluted land. Now, facing the harsh consequences to which they're no longer naïve, they seek justice.
The incredible story of Máxima Acuña and her family, who own a small, remote plot in the Peruvian Highlands. The Acuñas rely solely on the environment for their livelihood, but their land is located directly in the path of one of the world’s largest gold-mining corporations. Faced with intimidation, violence, and criminal prosecution, we follow Máxima’s tireless fight for justice, which takes her from the Peruvian Supreme Court to the doors of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Fifty years ago, the entire Creole population of the Chagos Islands was displaced from their island homes by the British authorities. This secret operation took place in order to lease the largest island to the US Navy so that it could build a military base. Now, with the lease about to expire, Chagossian exiles struggle to recover their homeland. Sabrina Jean, the charismatic woman leading their fight in the UK, strives to keep the flame of hope alive so that her people can finally return home.
A film 12 years in the making, YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE documents the struggles and events of the largely unseen and misunderstood Global Youth Climate Movement. Beginning at age 15, Slater Jewell-Kemker tells the story of a generation fighting to be heard but bound by the frustrating and complex process of UN climate change negotiations. Youth Unstoppable shows a powerful vision for the future of our planet and the youth who will lead us there.
THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers, and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing.