UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Film Series

UC has a regular series of films related to sustainability. These engaging documentaries, fiction films, and shorts all capture the diverse sustainability movement in unique ways. All film screenings are free and open to the public.  

Spring 2015 

Mondays 7:30pm

MainStreet Cinema (220 Tangeman University Center) unless otherwise noted

January 26



"Origins" takes a journey through the biological roots of where we have come from and where we have gone. Using fire as a metaphor for technology, the film looks at the advances of our civilization and how the recklessness of unchecked technology is now choking out the environment and poisoning our bodies. Interviews with the biggest names in the health and green space create compelling context and arguments for how we can better coexist with nature. "Origins" shows how man, technology, and nature can walk together in balance. (Click here for film's site.)

2014, 102 minutes

February 2


Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

Mother is a groundbreaking and award-winning film that reveals the compelling challenges we face in a world of 7 billion.   It tells the story of Beth, an American mother and child's right activist, and her journey to make sense of how and why the empowerment of women and girls around the world is so intricately linked to our fate on this fragile planet.  Mother features world-renowned experts to help explain one of the most persistent controversies in our culture that touches gender equity, religion, reproductive health and the environment.  It is a film of hope and shows the strength of the human spirit to make a better world. (Click here for film's site.)

2011, 69 minutes

February 9

Waste Land

Waste Land

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. (Click here for film's site.)

2010, 100 minutes

February 16

Plastic Planet

Plastic Planet - This film will be shown in Braunstein 426

We live in the Age of Plastic. It’s cheap and practical, and it’s everywhere – even in our blood. But is it a danger to us?This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem. (Click here for film's site.)

2009, 95 minutes

February 23

So Right So Smart

So Right, So Smart

So Right, So Smart is an award-winning feature documentary that demonstrates that what’s good for the planet can also be good for the bottom line. Through its uplifting stories of environmental leadership and success, the film makes the clear case for “doing well by doing good.”  (Click here for film's site.)

2009, 93 minutes

March 2

Fern Gully

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth. (Click here for film's site.)

1984, 117 minutes

March 9

Do the Math

Do the Math

It’s simple math: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount. Fossil fuel companies are planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them. (Click here for film's site.)

2013, 45 minutes

March 23

Blue Gold

Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive? (Click here for film's site.)

2009, 89 minutes

March 30

With My Own Two Wheels

With My Own Two Wheels

For many Americans, the bicycle is a choice. An expensive toy. An eco-conscious mode of transportation. For countless others across the globe, it is much more. With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the experiences of these five individuals into a single story about how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time. (Click here for film's site.)

2011, 44 minutes

April 6

One Man One Cow One Planet

One Man, One Cow, One Planet

One Man, One Cow, One Planet follows Peter Proctor, New Zealand’s father of biodynamics along the back roads of rural India, revealing the miracle of organics and the farmers who are reclaiming their agricultural heritage.  (Click here for film's site.)

2007, 56 minutes

April 13

A Fierce Green Fire

A Fierce Green Fire

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties), American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won acclaim worldwide. (Click here for film's site.)

2013, 101 minutes

April 20

Hemp Revolution

The Hemp Revolution

This documentary tracks the history of hemp, a plant more commonly known as marijuana among those who smoke it. But, while advocating for its legalization, director Anthony Clarke shows that hemp is good for more than simply producing an altered mind state. For generations its strong fibers have been used to make paper and clothing; in fact, the Declaration of Independence was written on it. But corporate interests and politics have colluded to make the useful plant illegal.

1995, 73 minutes