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New additions to the GEJ Collection

Oct 25, 2022

New additions to the GEJ Collection

We are pleased to be adding another 10 new titles to the collection this Fall.

Youth Unstoppable:
Another World is Possible

Slater Jewell-Kemker was just 15 when she began documenting the untold stories of youth on the front lines of climate change. Over the course of 12 years and set against striking visuals of a planet in crisis, Youth Unstoppable follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth rising up to shape the world they will live in.

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Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

Behind the shocking headlines of the 1995 Chicago heat wave, filmmaker Judith Helfand finds a long-term crisis and a “slow-motion disaster” fueled by poverty, economics, social isolation, and racism.

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A Fierce Green Fire:
The Battle for a Living Planet

A prize-winning overview of the 50+ year history of the global green movement. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; the film tells vivid stories about people fighting — and succeeding — against enormous odds.

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If Not Us Then Who? Seven Stories

A selection of seven short films about resistance and resilience as Indigenous peoples from Brazil to Indonesia regain control of their forests and their futures.

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New additions to the GEJ Collection

October 20, 2020

New films added for Fall 2020

We are pleased to add these new films about activism and solutions from around the globe in search of environmental justice. These stories shed light on the lived experience of climate change in East Africa, industrial development in Cambodia, a tsunami and a nuclear catastrophe in Japan, the pollution of major rivers in Asia by the fashion industry, and mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

Thank You for the Rain

Thank You for the Rain is a compelling firsthand account of the impact of climate change seen through the eyes of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. A collaborative film by Kisilu Musya, a Kenyan farmer, and Julia Dahr, a Norwegian filmmaker, the film portrays of one man’s resolute efforts to help his community—and the world—to acknowledge and adapt to climate change.

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A New Moon Over Tohoku

A New Moon Over Tohoku is a moving story of love, survival, and Japanese tradition in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. Shot on location over two and a half years in the coastal villages of Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima, the film chronicles the healing journey of both the filmmaker and the people affected by the disaster.

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The Last Mountain

Aroused Coal River Valley residents—who have endured community displacement, dangerous flooding, and increased brain cancer rates due to contaminated drinking water—join passionate activists from all over the country to resist Massey Energy in an effort to keep Coal River Mountain intact and preserve their community’s safety and well-being.

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Fight for Areng Valley + Lost World

Fight for Areng Valley and Lost World shed light on the environmental destruction caused by mining and development projects in Cambodia and the more general threat to the culture, heritage and livelihoods of indigenous peoples globally. These beautifully-filmed stories provide a vivid and thoughtful meditation on humankind’s relationship to the natural world.

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Documenting the devastating environmental impacts of fast fashion and "disposable" clothing, RiverBlue takes viewers to communities in Bangladesh, China, India, and Indonesia where textile factories are dumping toxic waste and polluting vital waterways. The film also explores alternative manufacturing processes that can help resolve this global problem.

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Black Tide: Voices from the Gulf

In 2010 an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed eleven people and let 200 million gallons of oil gush into the Gulf of Mexico, bringing Louisiana’s oil and seafood industries to a halt. Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger examines the impact of the largest offshore oil spill in American history on the lives of Louisiana residents living on the shores of the Gulf.

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Choice Reviews

September 1, 2020

"Highly recommended" by Choice & ccAdvisor

Choice, a publishing division of the American Library Association, is an authoritative source for the evaluation, preservation, and discovery of educational and scholarly resources for librarians across the country. Recently featured in a glowing review in their publication ccAdvisor, the GEJ Collection was rated highly recommended and selected as one of Choice's top 75 resources for community colleges.
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Buchanan Prize

March 15, 2020

The GEJ Collection takes home the Buchanan Prize!

Very pleased to announce that the Global Environmental Justice Documentaries Project has won the Association for Asian Studies' (AAS) Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for 2020. Established in 1995 by the AAS Committee on Educational Issues and Policy and the Committee on Teaching about Asia, the Buchanan Prize is awarded annually to recognize outstanding instructional or curriculum materials on Asia. More info about this year's other prizes and winners.