Films shown by the Justice Film Festival
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Films shown at the 2014 Festival
Director: Jeff OrlowskiWhen acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate, he had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Best Documentary Berkshire Film Festival, Best Documentary Big Sky Film Festival, Best Documentary Crested Butte Film Festival, Audience Award South By Southwest Film Festival, Audience Award Hot Docs Film Festival, Audience Award Berwick Film Festival, Audience Award Brattleboro Film Festival, Audience Award DocuWest Film Festival, Audience Award Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival, Audience Award Palo Alto Film Festival, Audience Award Port Townsend Film Festival, Audience Award Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Audience Award River Run Film Festival, Audience Award Seattle Film Festival (Runner-up Audience Award), Audience Award Take One Action Film Festival, Audience Award Waimea Ocean Film Festival
Best Adventure Film Boulder Film Festival, Jury Special Mention Prize and Turin Province Student Council Award CinemAmbiente, Cinematography Award CinemaEye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, Best Feature Length Film and Best Featured Film DocuWest Film Festival, Nicholas School Environmental Award Full Frame Film Festival, Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award, Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award MountainFilm in Telluride, React To Film Social Issue Award Silverdocs Film Festival, Best Environmental Film Award Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival –Festival Director Award Waimea Ocean Film Festival, Youth Jury Award For Best Film XI Baikal International Festival, Best Film Tatra Mountains National Park Director
Director: Jeremy SeifertGMO OMG explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity's most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding themselves, people are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown. GMO OMG tells the story of a fathers discovery of GMOs in relationship to his 3 young children and the world around him. Follow his family's struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system.
Audience Choice Yale Environmental Film Festival
Best Documentary Berkshire International Film Festival
Director: Evan Grae DavisIn India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide.” Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.
Director: Angela SunA journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, industry, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society's vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.
Director: Ann ShinDragon is a human smuggler who leads North Korean defectors across borders for a living. Sook-Ja and Yong-hee are only two of roughly 300,000 North Koreans who have escaped starvation conditions and are living in hiding in China. With no status or rights, they live in constant fear of being deported back to North Korea where they would face imprisonment, torture or possible execution. The Defector humanizes the harrowing experience of illegal migrants, who are rendered invisible when forced to travel as commodities across closed borders, and the network of aid workers who risk their lives to help along the way. With the help of satellite images, smuggled footage and multimedia tools The Defector is able to expose the true nature of life in North Korea, never before seen on film.