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The True Cost: documentary review

by Cherice Bock Editor, Whole Terrain With recent news about alleged “disappearances” of Chinese activists working at factories producing Ivanka Trump’s line of shoes, as well as President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords, citing economic “unfairness” to American workers, the documentary The True Cost feels powerfully relevant …

Divest! documentary review

by Cherice Bock Editor, Whole Terrain Just over a week after the People’s Climate March that drew over 200,000 marchers to Washington, DC and was organized by Bill McKibben’s 350.org, and in this moment where the president of the United States is considering withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, it …

Jumbo Wild: documentary review

by Tammy Cloutier Editor, “About Time,” Whole Terrain Jagged snow-capped peaks erupt from a sea of clouds as a lone man in black appears in the opening scene of Jumbo Wild, his back to the camera. (See trailer below.) He is dwarfed by the sheer size of the rugged backdrop of …

Weather Gone Wild: documentary review

by Cherice Bock Editor, Whole Terrain In the wake of an unprecedented number of extreme weather events in the last several years, Weather Gone Wild explores the significance of these events as well as strategies we could employ in order to mitigate them. Although each weather event taken alone could …

Wrenched: documentary review

by Cherice Bock Editor, Whole Terrain Fans of the author and environmental activist Edward Abbey will love the documentary Wrenched. For younger generations of environmentalists, who may not have encountered Abbey’s writing yet, this film can introduce them to Abbey’s particular brand of radical environmental activism, “monkey wrenching,” and his …

The Enemy Within: documentary review

In 1984-85, coal miners throughout most of the United Kingdom went on strike, protesting the Thatcher administration’s attempts at controlling trade unions. The biggest and longest strike in the history of the UK, it followed successful strikes in the 1970s where unions used successful tactics such as leveraging their control of the …

Racing to Zero: documentary review

by Cherice Bock Editor, Whole Terrain Encouraging and inspiring, the film Racing to Zero documents the great work in which the city of San Francisco is engaged (see trailer below). By the year 2020, San Francisco hopes to have achieved zero waste leaving their city destined for a landfill. At the …

Documentary review: Antarctic Edge

by Cherice Bock Editor, Whole Terrain “May 2014: scientists declare West Antarctic ice sheet melt unstoppable.” This quote appears at the beginning of Antarctic Edge: 70° South, and from there the viewer follows a crew of researchers on an Antarctic voyage filled with drama and adventure (see trailer below). In addition to providing …

Population Boom: documentary review

by Cherice Bock Editor, Whole Terrain The award-winning documentary Population Boom, released on DVD this month, follows quirky Austrian filmmaker Werner Boote (Plastic Planet) around the globe as he investigates whether there are too many people on the planet. Standing in the middle of the street, reading a local newspaper, and …

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