Academy Awards: Green Pictures for 2011
With Hollywood’s biggest night fast-approaching Sunday, it’s time to sneak a peek at which films have an eco-impact. During last year’s Academy Awards, the Cove‘s dolphin secret was exposed during their Best Documentary win. (During the speech, the filmmakers caused a stir by their activist message.)
Here are the other green-themed movies up for nods on Sunday:
- Gasland - As Clay reviewed, “Gasland not only explores the environmental effects of natural gas extraction and the price the people who live in proximity to extract pay, but it also provides a thorough explanation of the extraction process. For these reasons alone it’s a must watch for any Pennsylvanian.” Fracking is detrimental to the environment, and it’s happening in your backyard, PA, at the Marcellus Shale.
- Waste land: The world’s largest garbage dump outside Rio de Janeiro, people make art and a living. Vik Muniz discovers what life is like from the “catadores” or recyclables pickers, as they begin to re-imagine their lives:
- Sun Come Up – The Pacific Islands of Carteret are becoming the first “climate refugees” due to the sea-rise level. They must move to higher grounds and face many challenges that will spread as many to 250 million worldwide if the global-warming projects hold true.
- Warriors of Quigang is about the citizens of China’s Quigang & their fight to save their village from industrial poisons from a nearby industry. 3 major enterprises with little or no pollution controls poisoned locals with chemicals, pesticides & dyes – turning the river black, killing fish & wildlife, and burned residents’ eye & throats, as well as sickened children.
Readers: What films are you rooting for on Sunday? Did you see any of these documentaries?
Posted by Julie