Since Seaspiracy launched on Netflix, in late March, the hype for films for people who care about planet earth has been growing. People want to see well made, informative and heart provoking films telling them about the current state of climate change and what we can do to change things.
Our Planet is a four-year collaboration between Netflix, Silverback Films and WWF. Narrated by the always icon David Attenborough, it’s different from the usual nature film, instead, it focuses on how climate change impacts all life on this earth.
The docuseries are split into different areas of our earth, including jungles, grasslands, coastal seas, and frozen worlds to name a few. Exploring the earth’s rich natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain, whilst discussing the key issues that urgently threaten their existence.
Their joint mission is to inspire people across the globe to understand our planet and the challenge it faces, believing that if we can truly understand why nature matters to us all, and what we can do to save it, then we can create a future where nature and people thrive.
Our Planet ends with an encouragement to their viewers to jump on their website and discover what steps they can take to save our planet, focusing on the small changes you can make right now in everyday life to make a big difference.
Plastic China is filmed through the eyes of those who handle not only their country’s waste but the 10 million tonnes of plastic they received from some of the most developed countries around the world.
The Plastic China website says “With high external costs impacting the local environment and health, these imports are reborn here in these plastic workshops into “recycled” raw materials for the appetite of China - the world factory. This waste is then exported back to where they came from with a new face such as manufactured clothing or toys.”
This delicate storyline follows the unschooled 11-year-old Yi-Jie and her family who work and live in a typical plastic waste, household-recycling workshop. She learns about the outside world from the waste workshop, small packs of discarded instant black powder tells her the bitter taste of “coffee”; the English children’s learning cards teach her words like “summer” and “father’s day”; and broken Barbie dolls are her best friends to talk to.
This is an eye-opening film where you discover what actually happens to your plastic waste after you throw it into the recycling bin. It shows how we as a global nation are all in this together and we all play a part in this ever-changing world.
Chasing Coral is a stunningly beautiful film where a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why these reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate, as well as to revealing the underwater mystery to the world.
This mammoth film took more than three years to shoot and is the result of 500+ hours of underwater footage, coral bleaching submissions from volunteers in 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people in various locations around the world.
Just because coral is out of sight, it doesn’t mean it is out of mind, there is a solution. The makers of Chasing Coral have launched an impact campaign to ensure the loss of our reefs does not go unnoticed, as well as to support communities in using the film to grow these local solutions.
Winning countless awards, Chasing Coral is a must-see for those who care about our reefs and can be streamed on Netflix now.
The Islands And The Whales
This film depicts the descendants of Norse settlers living on the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic ocean. They have always eaten what nature could provide, proud that they can put local foods on the table, but as the land yields so little they have always relied on harvesting the seas.
Hunting the whales and seabirds have kept the inhabitants alive for generations, but today they face a grave threat to their traditions. It is not the controversy surrounding whaling that threatens the Faroese way of life; the danger is coming from the whales themselves.
They are the first to feel the effects of our increasingly polluted oceans, discovering the whales they fish are toxic and contaminated by the outside worlds. The wildlife that once supported their survival now endangers their children.
Filmed in multiple countries across the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost talks to the next generation of fashion designers who have concerns over the tremendous waste in the fashion industry.
Their website describes the film as an “unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.” The documentary covers fashion intensively, from the clothes we wear, to the people who make them, and the impact it is having on our world. It asks the question who really pays the price for our clothing?
The film also describes tips for buying better, such as breaking the cycle of spring/summer, autumn/winter styles, and sharing brands that are working towards a more sustainable and transparent fashion industry.
Okay, we know this is technically a children’s film, but if you’re looking for a film for the whole family then it’s a great choice. (Honestly, no shame if you’re an adult and watch it on your own, we know many of us at Omvits have!)
Produced by Pixar for Walt Disney, Wall-E, the main character, is a robot with a single task: to collect and compact waste to restore the planet that humanity has destroyed. After being alone for centuries, he meets another robot named Eve, sent by the last remaining humans to find proof that the planet is habitable again.
Though the message has been slightly downplayed for kids to avoid giving them eco-anxiety like many of us adults have, it still sends a strong, clear message in an adorable format that will have you on the edge of tears for the whole movie.
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