For Librarians

From the project director Gary Marcuse.

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Shown left and below: People of a Feather, Under the Dome, and Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, 4 of the 25 titles in the GEJ collection.

Low cost subscriptions: how we made this possible

Included in your subscription:
  • 25 documentaries from 6 to 90 minutes in length
  • Teaching guides
  • Close captions
  • MARC records
  • Online delivery by Docuseek2
  • Transcripts (and scrolling transcripts for many titles)
  • Suggested subject areas
  • Subject and keyword searches
  • Short versions or excerpts under 25 minutes for use when time is short
  • Posters and flyers to inform faculty about the collection
  • Free additional films that are added during your subscription

We're looking for new ways to get documentaries in to classrooms

The normal cost of a one-year subscription for a single feature documentary, from most distributors, is in the 200 to 300 dollar range. Thanks to underwriting from the Luce foundation and other supporters, from now until the end of December 2019 this collection of 25 documentaries is available for around 450 for one year, or around 1000 for three years, depending on the size of your institution. If only two faculty use this multi-disciplinary collection, it will pay for itself and the rest of the titles will be available to your entire faculty for free — along with new titles that we add each year.

Entirely free subscriptions

If your institution is a LIASE grantee, the Luce Foundation will cover the cost of your subscription for the first three years. If your institution is on the list please register with Docuseek and send an email to to start your subscription. Please also sign up for the project mailing list so we can let you know when new titles and guides are added to the collection at no additional cost to subscribers.


Wide distribution translates into low cost

We believe that widespread use will translate into lower costs for all. If by the third year we have enough subscriptions, the project will become self-sufficient.

A different model for distribution

This project is following a model developed by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Global Reporting Centre of securing foundation and philanthropic support to underwrite the cost of commissioning -- or in our case distributing-- more journalism that address important but under-reported subjects. In the second year we will begin to add films from Latin America, Africa. Europe and the Near East.

Where do we find films?

Many good films turn up at environmental film festivals, but only a handful of the most popular titles find effective distribution. As a result, many disappear from view or surface online where they are hard to find. In our search we found 150 titles which the curators whittled down to 25 that cover a wide range of issues. Some titles are high profile award -winning films like Death by Design and Waking the Green Tiger , while others are more intimate and local like 5x5 Voices from the Forests of Indonesia, a collection of short films that bring out the voices and perspective of indigenous tribes who are resisting the destruction of the forests they rely on. Pictured: Shaman, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia.

Success stories

The curators also selected inspiring stories like Hope in a Changing Climate from China, a film that documents the little- known and very successful restoration of a devastated ecosystem the size of Belgium, and the impact this had on the lives of farmers.

Bringing it home

The collection also includes investigative work by photo journalists who have documented toxic working and living conditions in China, India and Indonesia.

And as three of the films shot in Alberta, Oklahoma and Texas reveal, toxic environments also affect indigenous and low income African American communities closer to home.

You can help

  • Stay in touch: sign up for the newsletter so we can keep you informed about additions to the collection
  • Spread the word: tell your friends, colleagues and media librarians about the collection
  • Write a lesson plan and share it with us. We'll post it on this site
  • Write a review
  • Suggest titles.

The field of environmental justice asks for fair treatment of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, economic capacity, national origin and education level with respect to environmental politics and their implementations.

Amity Doolittle, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies