Films about Food

Food, Inc. ( - Oscar-nominated doc about how our food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. (2010)

A Farm for the Future ( - great BBC doc about the food industry's dependence on oil and what we might do about it, including some nice permaculture examples.

The Power of Community ( - Cuba's nation-wide transition to organic gardening after their oil supply disappeared.

Cuba: The Accidental Revolution ( - two 45-minute documentaries examining Cuba's success in providing for itself in the face of a massive economic crisis, and how its latest revolutions - an agricultural revolution and a revolution in science and medicine - are having repercussions around the world. (2007)

Fresh ( - excellent interviews with Michael Pollin, Joel Salatin, and others. (2010)

The Future of Food ( - about genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food.  (2004)

Dirt ( - about the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has.

Vanishing of the Bees ( and -
takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. (2011)

( - about the Dervaes family, remarkable urban gardeners.

Good Food ( - about sustainable farming in the Pacific Northwest.

The Garden ( - hopeful tale about a community garden in Los Angeles started mostly by immigrants, but was threatened for demolition (sadly, after the film was made, the bulldozers won)

Growing Change ( - looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system in Venezuela.

The World According to Monsanto ( - long french film about the evil that is Monsanto.

David Versus Monsanto ( - one farmer stands up against a massive multinational, and their right to claim ownership to a living organism.

The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth ( - a bit too hippie at times, but holistic management is really cool.

Genetically Modified Foods: Panacea or Poison? ( - scary stuff, completely untested.

End of the Line ( - "peak fish" by 2048? well-made, really chilling. (2010)

No Impact Man ( - interesting tale of a guy who decides to make close to no impact for a year - in New York! (2010)

Fast Food Nation ( - half-documentary, half-narrative based on Schlosser's book.  (2009)

King Corn ( - a serious (and funny) look at the corn industry.  (2009)

Permaculture: the Growing Edge (film website, and we screened it in Jan 2011). 
An introduction to the philosophy and practice of permaculture.  This film is an antidote to environmental despair - a hopeful and  practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future.

The Next Industrial Revolution
( - a vision where humanity takes nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes. (2001)

The Economics of Happiness
( - 'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world - our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves.

Supersize Me ( - what happens when you eat nothing but McDonald's food for a month? (2007)

Bullshit ( - doc about Indian activist Vandana Shiva.  They followed this awe inspiring woman (she's a nuclear physicist as well as an organic farmer) for two years as she fought the industrial behemoth Monsanto when they tried to re-engineer and then patent and ancient strain of Indian wheat.

Two Angry Moms ( - what happens when two fed-up moms try to change school food?

The Meatrix series ( - powerful cartoons about factory farming.

The Greenhorns ( and - about the rise of young farmers.

Dan Rather Reports: Hardwick Vermont ( - Great report on a local interconnected food system.

Excellent list of food-related films: (

And check out peak moment TV!  (

Some great 20-minute talks on
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Films about Water

Tapped ( - an unflinching examination of the business of bottled water, from the producers of I.O.U.S.A. and Who Killed the Electric Car?  (2010)

Flow ( - builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply.

Blue Gold: World Water Wars ( - uncovers truths about our water management that the world needs to understand and act upon.  Executive produced by Mark Achbar, who made The Corporation.

Living Downstream ( - follows ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber for one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.

Films about Peak Oil and Energy

Energy Crossroads ( - about our reliance on fossil fuels and how renewable energy, higher efficiency and conservation are key factors in paving the way to a sustainable world for our children.

FUEL ( - 2010 Sundance audience winner, a very well-crafted 11 year journey seeking alternatives to oil.  (2010)

The Great Squeeze ( - explores our current ecological and economic crisis stemming from our dependence on cheap and abundant energy. (2010)

End of Suburbia ( and its sequel, Escape From Suburbia ( - a look at why suburbs won't survive, and what we can do about it.

The End of Oil ( - a made-for-TV documentary about peak oil that goes deeply into alternatives and ways to reduce.

The 11th Hour ( - narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, they seem to have interviewed all the big peak oil/climate change experts for this film. (2009)

Oil, Smoke, and Mirrors (  - some good interviews with Richard Heinberg, but ~3 yrs old.

Peak Oil ( - good hour long doc by ABC Australia.

Pipe Dreams ( - explores the battle to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline - and the potential consequences it poses to human health, agriculture, and our climate.  Also see their related film, Downstream, at

Crude ( - great history of oil by ABC Australia.

Crude Impact ( - oil-related doc from 2008.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash ( -
our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.

Heat, Frontline's October 2008 film, is great.  Here's a short chapter on carbon-free energy:  ( and another chapter on coal: (

Gasland (trailer and website) - about groundwater contamination and other problems caused by the Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing to harvest natural gas.  (2010)

Coal Country ( - meet working miners and activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia to stop mountaintop removal.

"300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds" (on YouTube) - short film by the Post Carbon Institute, narrated by Richard Heinberg.

Wasteland ( - about "catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials in Brazil who turn the garbage heaps into powerful artistic images of themselves.

Garbage Warrior ( - The epic story of radical Earthship eco-architect Michael Reynolds, and his fight to build off-the-grid self-sufficient communities. (2011)

Growthbusters ( - Water shortages, hunger, peak oil, species extinction, and even increasing depression are all symptoms of a deeper problem – addiction to unending growth in a world that has limits.

Films about Climate Change

An Inconvenient Truth 
( - Al Gore's famous Oscar-winner.

The Age of Stupid ( - mostly documentary but set up by a fictional character, a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

The 11th Hour ( - narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, they seem to have interviewed all the big peak oil/climate change experts for this film.

A Sea Change ( - about ocean acidification.

Nova: Extreme Ice ( - an acclaimed photographer teams up with scientists to document the runaway melting of arctic glaciers.

There Once Was an Island ( - a Pacific Island community faces the first devastating effects of climate change - sea level rise - including a terrifying flood.  Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?

Bag It ( - Is your life too plastic?  An investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies.  (touches on climate change, particularly in oceans)

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Transition Towns film list: ( including In Transition (, an introduction to the Transition Towns movement.

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