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Changemakers Cinema series launching this week!

posted Sep 12, 2016, 6:55 AM by Hamline University Sustainability Office   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 12:21 PM ]

Hamline Changemakers Cinema

Sustainability Movie Nights, every other Wednesday in Drew Science 118, 6:45 - 9pm

The Sustainability Initiative invites everyone on campus to join us this fall for Changemakers Cinema, a chance to watch and discuss documentary approaches to sustainability topics around the world!


September 14: Gasland, by Josh Fox (shown with discussion of pipelines)

September 28: Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade, by Mai Iskander (also a First Year Seminar Throwdown event!)

October 12: Trouble the Water, by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

(no film on October 26th: Jennifer Scanlon lecture about Anna Hedgeman instead, 7:30pm, Sundin Music Hall)

November 9: The Gleaners and I, by Agnes Varda

(potentially November 23rd, if there’s interest in a film and meal on campus the night before Thanksgiving)

December 7: The House I Live In, by Eugene Jarecki - presented collaboratively with the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Department


Please comment below (or send comments to sustainability@hamline.edu) on which films that you would most like to watch this semester (or next).


  • Merchants of Doubt: Spin doctors spread misinformation and confusion among American citizens to delay progress on such important issues as global climate change.

  • Chasing Ice: James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey assemble a multiyear chronicle of the planet's rapidly melting glaciers.

  • Our Daily Bread: Filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter abstains from the use of voiceover narration and instead uses only images and sounds to chronicle the often unsettling ways in which food is processed.

  • Cowspiracy: Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn address the effects of cattle on the environment.

  • Darwin's Nightmare: Hubert Sauper's Oscar-nominated documentary about the Nile perch, a species introduced into Lake Victoria as an experiment in the sixties. Unfortunately, the Nile perch is also the region's most profitable export. Everyone with a stake in the market downplays the ecological disaster.

  • Last Call at the Oasis: Erin Brockovich, Robert Glennon and Jay Famiglietti are among those interviewed in Jessica Yu's investigation of the world's looming water shortage.

  • Planetary: Filmmaker Guy Reid interviews NASA astronauts, environmentalists and philosophers to show that all life on the planet is inseparably interconnected.

  • Years of Living Dangerously: Climate change is one of today's most hotly debated topics, not only in America but around the world. This series features firsthand accounts from people who have been affected by the occurrence.

  • Forks Over Knives: Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.

  • A Place at the Table: An examination of the issue of hunger in America focuses on the plight of three individuals from different parts of the country who struggle to find adequate nutrition.

  • Food Chains: Farmworkers in Immokalee, Fla., launch a hunger strike at the headquarters of Publix supermarkets to protest poor wages and working conditions.

  • The Shock Doctrine: Filmmakers Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross use lectures by Naomi Klein, newsreel footage and analysis to explain the connection between politics and economics.

  • This Changes Everything: Filmmaker Avi Lewis examines the challenges of climate change and how environmental activists make a difference worldwide.

  • The Corporation: This documentary begins with an unusual detail that came from the 14th Amendment: Under constitutional law, corporations are seen as individuals. So, filmmaker Mark Achbar asks, what type of person would a corporation be?

  • The Century of the Self: The Century of the Self is a 2002 British television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis. It focuses on the work of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, and PR consultant Edward Bernays.

  • The Story of Stuff: The Story of Stuff is a short animated documentary about the lifecycle of material goods. The documentary is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability.

  • Manufactured Landscapes: This documentary reveals the gritty underside of industrial landscapes. Photographer Edward Burtynsky explores the subtle beauty amid the waste generated by slag heaps, dumps and factories.

  • Broken On All Sides: The documentary centers around the theory put for­ward by many, that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow."

  • Leviathan: The experiences of the crew aboard a Massachusetts-based trawler illustrate the difficult and often-dangerous lives of commercial fishermen.

  • Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: The truth about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on wildlife.


Please share any further suggestions for films with themes suitable for the Changemakers Cinema series (please describe briefly why you think suggested films would be good to watch together):




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