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The Battle For Compassion (2015)
The Battle for Compassion is a film by Jonathan Leighton about what matters and how we can have greater impact in shaping a gentler future for our planet. The film draws on key ideas from his book The Battle for Compassion: Ethics in an Apathetic Universe. He advocates the...
The Walls of Bethlehem
The Walls of Bethlehem documents clashes between Palestinians in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem and invading Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army’s killing of 20-year-old Jihad al-Jafari in nearby Dheisheh refugee camp in February.  It is part of the intersectoinal The...
Proof That Corruption Is Legal in America
According to a Princeton University study, public opinion has “near-zero” impact on U.S. law. One thing that does have an influence? Money. Nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption. From taxation to national debt, education to the...
A Social Cleansing - Gentrification and the Housing Crisis in London
We are in the middle of a growing housing crisis (the UK is in breach of its own United Nations human rights commitment to provide people with adequate homes) which is resulting in a social cleansing of London. This film looks at the West Hendon Estate, Barnet, where over 600...
Supporting SOILS on International Permaculture Day with Geoff Lawton
Geoff Lawton talks International Permaculture Day at The Greening the Desert Sequel Site in the Jordan Valley (PRI Jordan). Join us worldwide on Sunday 3rd May for International Permaculture Day: In Support of Soil! http://bit.ly/IPD2015SupportSoil
The OceanMaker (2015)
After the seas have disappeared, a courageous female pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds. The bulk of the film was made using nothing but laptops during a 7-week artist retreat on a small caribbean island.
How We Live: A Journey Towards a Just Transition
Modern production is based on extraction from the planet, and modern finance is based on extraction from the many for the benefit of the very few. What would a new economy look like and how can we rethink our relationship to resources, work and culture? Those are some of the...
Dear Future Generations: Sorry
An Apology Letter to Future Generations. To DIRECTLY Fight the Destruction and Stand For Trees go to: https://standfortrees.org/en/   Editor's note: We're big fans of Prince Ea's videos, and there's a lot of great stuff in this film, but sadly the ask at the end lets it...
Better, Not More
As we assess the current state of our world and consider together the elements that are essential to a ‘just transition’, and ultimately, a just economy, we are called to consider four goals: to decommodify nature, reimagine work, liberate knowledge and democratize wealth...
The Great Burning
Richard Heinberg explores why The Great Burning — the combustion of oil, coal, and natural gas — must come to an end during the next few decades. If the twentieth century was all about increasing our burn rate year after blazing year, the dominant trend of twenty-first...
The Law of Diminishing Returns
Richard Heinberg explores how — in our economy, the environment, and energy production — we may well be hitting the point of diminishing returns. When previous societies have hit similar limits, they often doubled-down by attempting ever more complex interventions to keep...
The Next System Project
Growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring. It is time to explore genuine alternatives and new models-"the next system." Read...
We Love Being Lakota
"We Love Being Lakota" is the first in a series of videos and texts from our documentary project "The Native and the Refugee", connecting the struggles taking place on Indian reservations in the United States with those in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. In...
Pesticide Lake - The Poisoning of the Workers of Apopka, Florida
Every day, farmworkers across the county are exposed to a toxic brew of chemicals. One of the communities that has been impacted is Lake Apopka, Florida. This video tells their story. There is a better way to get our food from farm to table. TAKE ACTION...
The Dublin Pitfall (2015)
Gohderz, Yasmin, Mohamed, Salah and Jenny fled to Europe for their lives from the civil war in Syria. They fled war only to live in harsher conditions in Europe. After a couple of years in Turkey, where they were considered as a guests with no access to education, health care...
Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever is a mixed-media documentary animation by Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii. The short film, which served as Mukii’s thesis project at London’s Royal College of Art
Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation
There's a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what's burned to provide much of the Southwest with...
This Is How Globalized Capitalism Operates Today
The history of wage struggle in Cambodia is a case study for the history of global capitalism as a whole. Here's how it works: Multi-national corporations exploit workers in the most exploitable countries, producing goods at rock-bottom prices that are sold for sky-high...
Disregarding Gaza - Why is Gaza Not an Issue in the Israeli Elections?
A short documentary that examines the absence of Gaza and the Palestinians from the Israeli mainstream media and 2015 elections. Shot during operation Protective Edge by Tamar Glezerman & Arianna LaPenne. Article about the film from Global Voices As Israel heads to the...
This Is What Energy Democracy Looks Like
Profit-driven approaches to our energy supply are not working. Emissions continue to rise and our climate is rapidly changing. How can we move toward “energy democracy,” shifting to a more sustainable, equitable energy system? And what’s the role of trade unions in getting us...
The Lie We Live
Spencer Cathcart raises all the right questions, exposes collective lies and stories we tell ourselves all the while retaining a sense of hope for humanity. This video will challenge your views, values and beliefs in a very direct and unforgiving manner, but it will also...
Why Do Nice Guys Finish Last?
Why Do Nice Guys Finish Last? is a short documentary film that engages young audiences in discovering the cultural norms and stereotypes that define masculinity, and invites them to discuss what they've been told men are supposed to be. ***Free for Educational Use***
To Prison For Poverty (2014)
Private probation companies charge excessive fees to low income people who can't pay small fines like traffic tickets. If they can't pay, they go to jail. Many people think that debtor’s prisons disappeared from American society just as surely as horse-based transportation...
What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy
A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition? As Sarah van Gelder pointed out recently, 2014 research by the Pew Center found that 78 percent of Americans believe that...
Life at a Walmart Sweatshop
In China, factory workers live in dorms owned by Walmart - workers pay rent and utilities.  If they move out of the dorms to live in a place not connected to Walmart, they still have to pay rent for the dorms.   Workers work in factories with poor ventilation.  They are told...
Do You Worry that Screen-Based Electronics Are Rewiring Your Brain?
Perhaps you should; because they certainly are. But will the changes mean generations plagued with attention disorders and poor social skills or will it boost creativity? Narrated by Gillian Anderson. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.
Karl Marx on Alienation
Karl Marx believed that work, at its best, is what makes us human. It allows us to live, be creative and flourish. But under capitalism he saw workers alienated from each other and the product of their labour. Narrated by Gillian Anderson. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible - Charles Eisenstein
"There is a vast territory between what we're trying to leave behind, and where we want to go - and we don't have any maps for that territory." - Charles Eisenstein Filmed in the fading light on the shores of Northern Scotland, this short film captures Charles Eisenstein in...
Holistic Eco-Nomics
A short film about the interconnected issues of money, growth, poverty and climate change.
Brené Brown on Blame
You are probably a bit of a blamer - most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty RSA Short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic...
Yaigojé Apaporis - Traditional Knowledge at the Heart of Protecting the Colombian Amazon
Yaigojé Apaporis is the local name for a one million hectare stretch of Amazon forest, and the traditional territory of the Makuna, Tanimuka, Tuyuca, Cabiyari and Letuama who live there. It is a haven for jaguars, giant ant-eaters, squirrel monkeys and pink dolphins, and is...
How the Rich Keep Us Poor
Ever wondered how they do it? Guinea, and many other African countries, will never rise out of poverty if this continues to happen... Please watch the video and then sign the petition: http://chn.ge/1tEcGsZ  
Why Is The Environment Not a Priority in Politics Today?
We love trees, we just don't really care about what happens to them ... The dangers of a weakening environment are evident, but environmentalism isn't a priority. Why? We have a couple of ideas. 
Drone Wars: The Gamers Recruited to Kill
An extract from the 2014 documentary film “Drone” published by The Guardian shows military recruiters scanning video game fairs for the next generation of drone operators for often-lethal military activities in the Middle East and elsewhere. “The military has invested in...
Greece: The End of Austerity? (2015)
Syriza had 22 days to make history. This is how they did it. We followed Syriza's activists, candidates and leadership from the waterfront, to remote mountain villages, to the nail biting final days. A film by Theopi Skarlatos. facebook.com/EndOfAusterity
Violent Police Repression in Canada: Your Rights Under Attack (2014)
VIDEO BILINGUE / A discussion of the systemic problem of police abuse of power threatening both freedom of expression and of the press based on the events of April 3 2014 in Montreal. April 3 2014 in Montreal a protest organized by Québec student union group ASSÉ turned ugly...
To Change Everything, Start Everywhere
To Change Everything, Start Everywhere! The case for complete self-determination—a guide for the furious, the curious, and the pure of heart. To Change Everything: An Anarchist Appeal If you could change anything, what would you change? Would you go on vacation for the rest...
A Sustainable Death
What do you want to happen to your body after you die? Our current funeral practices are far from sustainable. Even a "green" funeral fails to account for the existing toxins in all our bodies. Artist Jae Rhim Lee has a better solution — using a special burial suit seeded...
Detroit Part I: Extinguishing the Homeless & Shutting Off Human Rights
On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, features exclusive on-the-ground coverage from Detroit, Michigan, beginning with a look at a tent city outside of downtown, where the crew witnessed a cop putting out the only source of warmth for the homeless population there...
Detroit Part II: Bankruptcy Dictatorship & Foreclosed Futures
 On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, features part II of BTS' on-the-ground coverage from Detroit. 
We Are Built To Be Kind
Greed is good. War is inevitable. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved...
Nonlinear Warfare - A New System of Political Control (2014)
A short film by Adam Curtis screened during Charlie Brooker's review of 2014 on the BBC; shows the how deliberate undermining of peoples perception of the world, by manipulating the media and civil society, creates confusion and contradiction, undermining any opposition to...
Vandana Shiva : Why We Must Respect & Support Our Organic Farmers
”An organic farmer is the best scientist of today, because they actually have to understand how nature works in order to produce.They are the best health specialist of today, because they are giving us the food that gives us health. An organic farmer is the best steward of...
This Community Is Transforming a Blighted Neighborhood Into a Vibrant Lab of Possibilities
The Urban Farming Guys have been busy the last several years, doing amazing work transforming one of the most blighted inner-city zip codes in Kansas City. They're not just growing food, but the hopes and dreams of a community, too.   Now they've got big plans to turn an old...
Protecting the Source, Inspiring the Future: The Story of Pachamama Alliance
The Pachamama Alliance is a non-profit organization working to create a just, thriving and sustainable world for all. Our work started in the Amazon rainforest with a call from our indigenous partners, and has spread our message to the entire world.
Renovatio - Paraksena pragmata
Animacion video for Gezi rezist! Fuck Capitalism! Fuck Erdogan! Viva Revolution!
In Solidarity - En Solidaridad
In her theory of change known as 'emergence', the academic scholar Margaret Wheatley reminds us that: "The world doesn't change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who share a common cause and vision of what's possible." Emulating...
Dying in Prison
The largest immigration detention center in America profits from denying health care to prisoners. SUBSCRIBE  WATCH MORE:  Roberto Martinez-Medina got arrested for not having a valid driver's license…he died in prison after being there for a month.   The staff in the housing...
How America Is Like A Bad Boyfriend
But... I love America! 
Diet: The Disease of Our Generation
64% of people in the UK are overweight or obese eating calorie dense but nutritionally empty food that is considered the norm,  or even healthy, in today’s society.  People who want to change don’t know where to start and are bombarded with t