Welcome to the GEJ Documentaries Project

A note from the co-authors on the need for this collection

The global future we face is both exciting and challenging. Rapidly changing landscapes of regional and global systems of power, knowledge, and exchange confront us all — probably in ways we have yet to fully comprehend. From this global perspective, the need for environmental literacy intertwined with various other kinds of understanding is deep and profound.

We are at a historical juncture where an increased need for simultaneously global and local humanistic awareness of environmental issues built from various fields of inquiry is more urgent than ever. We really are all in this together and the need to examine in depth the issues related to social, ecological, political and environmental justice is pressing. The Global Environmental Justice documentary project provides significant educational resources to do precisely that.

Gary Marcuse, Project Director

Gary Marcuse, Filmmaker and Project Director
Face to Face Media, Vancouver, Canada

Jason A Carbine, Lead Author

Jason A Carbine, Lead Author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies,
Whittier College

Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez, Writing Team Leader

Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez, Writing Team Leader, Associate Professor of Sociology, Whittier College

Supporters & Credits

This project is made possible by a wide range of supporters including journalists, filmmakers, distributors, faculty, foundations and the communities and persons who participated in the films. For supporting the Global Environmental Justice project we especially thank the following:

Henry Luce Foundation

Face to Face Media is an independent production company based in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 1986, the company specializes in documentaries for public broadcast and educational video collections for use in the classroom. Project director Gary Marcuse is a journalist and filmmaker with a master’s degree in environmental planning. He is also the director of Waking the Green Tiger, an award-winning documentary about the rise of a green movement in China which is included in the GEJ collection.

Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. The Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Global Environmental Justice Documentaries: Focus on Asia project aligns with the Foundation’s Asia Program goal: to create scholarly and public resources for improved understanding of Asia in the United States.

Henry Luce Foundation

The Global Reporting Centre at the University of British Columbia is a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting important neglected stories around the world. By globally collaborating with leading reporters and media organizations, the Centre spearheads innovative ways to produce solutions-oriented journalism. It has grown out of the successful International Reporting Program at UBC which trains journalism graduate students in global reporting.

Henry Luce Foundation

Whittier College is a private liberal arts college located in Southern California since 1887. Whittier faculty helped to initiate and design the project. Seven Whittier faculty selected films and wrote teaching guides.

Henry Luce Foundation

The International Documentary Association is our fiscal sponsor. The IDA believes that documentary storytelling expands our understanding of shared human experience and fosters an informed, compassionate, and connected world.

Curators

Ken Berthel, Associate Professor of Chinese, Whittier College

Ken Berthel
Associate Professor of Chinese, Whittier College

Rosemary P. Carbine, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

Rosemary P. Carbine
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

Jason A. Carbine, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

Jason A. Carbine
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

Amity Doolittle, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Amity Doolittle
Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Cinzia Fissore, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Cinzia Fissore
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Rajashree Ghosh, Resident scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center and lecturer, Environmental Studies program, Brandeis University

Rajashree Ghosh
Resident scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center and lecturer, Environmental Studies program, Brandeis University

Joel Heath, Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies, University of Washington

Joel Heath
Fulbright Canada Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies, University of Washington

Yifei Li, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

Yifei Li
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

David Mbora, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

David Mbora
Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez, Associate Professor of Sociology, Whittier College

Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez
Associate Professor of Sociology,
Whittier College

Natale Zappia, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge

Natale Zappia
Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Additional research and writing:
Tasneem Islam, Liz Felker, Caleb Northrop, Caroline Scanlan, and Elham Shabahat, graduate students in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Production Credits

Face to Face Media

Project Director
Gary Marcuse

Administrator
Betsy Carson

Copy editing
Shelley Hudson
Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez

Video editing
Larry de Stefano

Web development
Jim Davis
Michael Tension
Rob Postma
Terry Sunderland
Emanuel Smedbøl

Graphic Design
Michael Tension

Production Assistants
Molly Berg
Milena Salazar

Advisors
Judith Shapiro
Mort Winston

Fiscal Sponsor
International Documentary Association

For the Henry Luce Foundation
Helena Kolenda

For the Global Reporting Centre
Peter Klein

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