2015 schedule
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Belief. Grounded in religion and experience, spirituality and science, beliefs profoundly shape environmental perceptions, understandings, and action. Our 2015 festival highlights the subject of belief, curated around five themes: resilience, sacrifice, retreat, belonging, and knowledge. The 2015 roster includes films set on six different continents and over 20 countries, with genres from documentary to drama — and even musicals: both an opera and a rap film. Joining us will be filmmakers, activists, and scholars exploring the intersections of faith, science, and the environment from all over the world.

highlighted films

Atlantic
2014
94 min., color, DCP

Director
Jan-Willem van Ewijk

Country
Netherlands/Belgium/Morocco
Babushkas of Chernobyl
2014
72 min., color, Blu-Ray

Directors
Holly Morris and Anne Bogart

Country
U.S.
Cesar's Last Fast
2013
100 min., color, Blu-Ray

Directors
Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee

Country
U.S.
Koyaanisqatsi
1982
86 min., color, 35mm

Director
Godfrey Reggio

Country
U.S.
Merchants of Doubt
2014
96 min., color, DCP

Director
Robert Kenner

Country
U.S.
Walking the Camino
2013
84 min., color, Blu-Ray

Director
Lydia Smith

Country
U.S.
Transit
2014
93 min., color, Blu-Ray

Director
Hannah Espia

Country
Philippines

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Tales from Planet Earth showcases global environmental films with the belief that issues don't move people ... stories do! We try to link compelling narratives to the work of scholars and to efforts by community partners advocating for environmental and social justice. The highlight of our work is a biennial film festival thematically journeying around the globe to explore how stories told through film shape our understanding of nature and inspire action on behalf of the diversity of life.

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