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The Unist'ot'en, a clan of the Wet'suet'en Nation have built a protection camp to block the Pacific Trails Pipeline or PTP, in so called British Columbia in Canada. The PTP pipeline would bring natural gas obtained through fracking to the Pacific ocean and would cross through...
Roma people, also known as gypsies, are Europe's largest ethnic minority and have long endured bigotry and abuse. This year, after EU travel and work restrictions for people from Romania and Bulgaria were lifted, rightwing politicians used the fear of "floods of migrants"...
This week: 1. Kayapo's revenge 2. Antarctic meltdown 3. California's lettuce killing drought 4. Global Fuckin Warming kills! 5. Eco Anxiety 6. Blockades work 7. Women stop Utah tar sands 8. Rising tide blockades line 9 9. Support Marius Mason 10. Savage Fam & Alas 11...
This absorbing documentary focuses on 10 visionary New Zealanders out to prove that a shift in consciousness can heal our environment. You'll be inspired, and never look at stinging nettle in your garden in quite the same way again.  "This inspirational film weaves together...
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this OSCAR-nominated, EMMY-winning film by Dorothy Fadiman follows Native Americans in New Mexico taking a stand against injustice in the political process. Personal stories demonstrate how minority communities are using their voting rights as they...
“In Between Songs” documents Djalu Gurruwiwi, Australian Aboriginal elder, leader of the Galpu clan, and world-renowned didjeridu master, as he fights for the future of his family and his community. Alcoholism and drug abuse run rampant, while a ravenous bauxite mining...
Bob Randall, a Yankunytjatjara elder and traditional owner of Uluru (Ayer's Rock), explains how the connectedness of every living thing to every other living thing is not just an idea but a way of living. This way includes all beings as part of a vast family and calls us to...
In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story. Four...
While the Reject and Protect tipis were up on the National Mall in Washington DC they were seen by thousands of people from across the world. Now that the tipis have come down, we need to continue the work of sharing the stories of the heroic organizing by the Cowboy Indian...
This starts video starts so well. It points to the futility of small lifestyle tweaks without tackling the bigger underlying issues. It then goes on to poke fun at the "we're here to save you" privileged white male attitude exemplified by certain individuals and NGOs. All...
Animated sequences from the feature documentary H2Oil explain, in a nutshell, the issues and problems associated with oil/tar sands production in Canada. You can view the full film here. 
Due to Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands, Canada is now the biggest oil supplier to the United States. A controversial billion-dollar industry is heavily invested in extracting crude from the tarry sands through a process so toxic it has become an international cause for concern...
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, concerning areas of extreme poverty that he refers to as crisis zones, as well as the reasons behind the collapse of complex societies.
Accessing and using the forests upon which they depend for survival is one of the main challenges faced by local communities in the Congo Basin rainforests, especially for indigenous 'Pygmies'. National laws offer very few rights for Central Africa's forest people, and even...
Around the world ‘development’ is robbing tribal people of their land, self-sufficiency and pride and leaving them with nothing. Watch this short, satirical film, written by Oren Ginzburg and narrated by actor and comedian David Mitchell, which tells the story of how tribal...
It took over four years for photographer Jimmy Nelson to document 29 cultures and tribes at risk of disappearing from their remote corners of the world. He set out to "celebrate the beauty of these cultures and their traditional ways of life" and beautifully captured his...
With the owner of the team vowing "NEVER" to change its name, Native American tribes around the country launched a national campaign to do just that. Want to get involved? Here's how to contact the DC team, the NFL, and the DC team's hometown paper: DC Team @redskins...
Abby Martin discusses the history of the Black Hills in South Dakota, the US governments seizure of the land and subsequent offer of $1 Billion to the Sioux tribe, which they refuse to accept.
This week: 1. The War on Christmas Trees 2. NYE Noise Demos 3. Rote Flora Defense 4. 20 years of Zapatistas 5. RATM - People of the Sun 6. Anarchists come out of the closet
Anyone who has paid much attention to environmental movements and conservation will know that 'conservation' is often a guise for colonialism. It is estimated that 20 million people worldwide have been evicted from their homelands for 'conservation' /national parks -14...
The WWF is the largest environmental protection organisation in the world. Trust in its green projects is almost limitless. Founded in 1961, it is the most influential lobby group for the environment in the world, thanks largely to its excellent contacts in both the political...
HUICHOLES: THE LAST PEYOTE GUARDIANS is a story about the mystical Wixárika People, one of the last pre-Hispanic alive cultures in Latin America, and their ongoing struggle against the mexican government and multinational mining corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their most...
Red Cry is an original, feature-length documentary film chronicling the lives of Lakota Elders and Oyate (people) in the face of ongoing genocide against the Lakota by government and corporate interests. The incendiary film is the result of a historic collaboration...
'Stealing A Nation' is an extraordinary film about the plight of the Chagos Islands, whose indigenous population was secretly and brutally expelled by British Governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s to make way for an American military base. The tragedy, which falls...
One of the most extraordinary films about Australia is soon to be released. This is Utopia, an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger.
Set in the remote Alaskan Yukon Delta, Yukon Kings follows Yup'ik fisherman Ray Waska as he teaches his grandkids how to fish during the summer salmon run. With environmental and cultural forces threatening their subsistence way of life, Ray holds onto the hope that his...
For over two weeks now, a coalition of people including local Mi'kmaq residents, and anglophone and Acadian settlers, have blockaded the road leading to an equipment compound leased to South Western Energy or SWN. SWN is a Texas based energy company, that has been...
With some of the only video from behind police lines, subMedia.tv witnessed the brutal raid by the Royal Colonial Mounted Police on the Mi'kmaq blockade of fracking equipment. But the fierce response of the community in defense of the warriors was also captured on camera...
Kahsatstenhsera (gah-sad-sdanh-se-ra) is a Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) word that means Strength in Unity. This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the...
In The Black Fatherhood Project, Jordan Thierry leads viewers through an honest and essential exploration of fatherhood in Black America, providing historical context and conversation for an issue at the core of the Black experience today. Nationwide, 67 percent of Black...
Sacred Spirit of Water speaks to how we will be impacted by the Canadian government's omnibus bills that eliminate protection for 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers and the Alberta government's potential plan to set up a provincial water market. The documentary shows the...
Dokri and her Kondh community live in the remote hill range of Niyamgiri in the state of Odisha. India’s indigenous people know as Adivasi, or first people, have lived in these forested areas for hundreds of years. The kondh community are seen as the gate keepers to these...
Indigenous communities around the world resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment. In this four-part documentary series, native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual...
A few years ago, Aaron Huey journeyed to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to photograph members of the Oglala Lakota Nation. The disarming stories of deceit, heartbreak, and violence he heard there changed his life forever. I know this is a long one, folks, but I...
United Natures - a United Nations of all species. A feature length documentary on the rights of mother earth, ecocide, permaculture, community, peak oil, climate change, carbon tax, skeptics, hypocrites, wisdom, jubilee and environmental philosophy and spirituality with an...
How we see the world determines how we act. Western thought sees us at war with each other over resources. In Indigenous philosophy, we are all related as individuals in balance with nature. Enoughness juxtaposes these two world views and delivers some startling facts. It is...
A modern Indigenous warrior. A Goliath industry. A new way forward. -- Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis document the journey of Caleb Behn to protect the health of his land and people from the ravages of Big Oil and Gas.   Deep in the exquisite wilderness of...
Wellesley Institute's Michael Shapcott: Toronto used to have racist laws that forbid aboriginals from congregating together, therefore atomizing the native population in the urban area.  SUBSCRIBE and check out our other videos! http://www.operationmaple.com...
This is the modern-day story of a native peoples' remarkable victory over Western Colonial power. A Pacific island rose up in arms against giant mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) - and won despite a military occupation and blockade. When RTZ decided to step up...
Corporations are buying hundreds of millions of acres of land worldwide. Canada is no different, with their farmers, First Nations and rural residents being affected most adversely.      SUBSCRIBE and check out our other videos! http://www.operationmaple.com...
Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade is an hour-long documentary film written and directed by Garrett Graham in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade and features exclusive video footage shot by the blockaders themselves during the course of over six...
A film about saving the Colorado River & exploring a new water ethic for the New West. Currently, the Colorado River does not reach the Gulf of California due to excess water use higher up in the river's path through the Western United States - we can change that but need...
On January 1 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), made up of impoverished Mayan Indians from the state of Chiapas, took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. The Government deployed its troops, and at least 145 people died in the ensuing...
Rap News EP3: Al Gore finally accepts Lord Monckton's challenge to a highly uncivilized debate over the issue of anthropogenic climate change, as the Copenhagen Climate Conference - aka COP15 -  approached and faded.    'Mother Earth in climate crisis' say indigenous...
Caleb Behn is a young, Indigenous warrior fighting to save his people's land and culture. Deep in the exquisite wilderness of northeastern British Columbia, the ancestral home of Caleb's Dene people, the multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry emits chemicals linked to...
A film funded by the audience, from the Xingu River to the World." Threatened by the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous Peoples of the Xingu River Basin fight together to prevent by any means what they consider to the makings of a...
Plan Colombia" was a US policy to supposedly combat drugs coming out of Colombia but ended up being more about combating leftist resistance with disastrous result for many.
First Nation poverty in Canada. Idle No More!
Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and expressionistic. Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim, the filmmakers interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both...
According to national statistics, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. Vanguard correspondent Mariana Van Zeller travels to Rosebud reservation in South Dakota to investigate the alarmingly high incidence of rape and sexual assaults. She...