Environment

Good Soil
by Sebastian Lemke and Benjamin Leers and Pablo Ben Yakov and Roland Scheliga and Christoph Ortmann
Digital Premiere Date: March 12, 2014
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The Meier brothers' nursery faces the edge of the Garzweiler II coal pit. Every day the digger comes closer. A grey and lonesome world—except for one hidden place.
Green Streets
by Maria De Luca
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 21, 1990
If a tree can grow in Brooklyn, can an eggplant flourish in the Bronx? Maria De Luca's Green Streets charts the spontaneous emergence of community gardens in New York City and how they've helped to nourish neighborhood pride, racial tolerance and a budding sense of hope for hundreds of enthusiastic gardeners in the urban jungle.
Going Up
by Gary Pollard
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 21, 1990
In Going Up, the creation of a skyscraper is transformed by director Gary Pollard into a breathtaking visual experience as time-lapse photography, hard hat banter and construction worker choreography are set to a score by 15 new music composers in an urban ballet forty stories above New York harbor.
Turn Here Sweet Corn
by Helen De Michiel
PBS Premiere Date: July 9, 1991
The camera moves through a Minnesota corn field and finds a photograph of a suburban tract clothes-pinned to a cornstalk. Layered with visual and emotional paradoxes, Turn Here Sweet Corn searches for meaning beyond cliches and nostalgia, as a family farm is lost to speculative suburban real estate developers.
Chemical Valley
by Mimi Pickering and Anne Lewis Johnson
PBS Premiere Date: July 9, 1991
A West Virginia community is deeply divided over potentially life and death questions over a local chemical plant that fuels the area's fragile economy.
Sea of Oil
by M.R. Katzke
PBS Premiere Date: July 9, 1991
The Exxon Valdez disaster left far more than a soiled coastline in its wake. Grief, suspicion, anger and greed oozed through the small, formerly pristine town of Valdez. The human toll of an environmental nightmare is evoked in a haunting film which Exxon and the City of Valdez attempted, unsuccessfully, to suppress.
Building Bombs
by Mark Mori and Susan Robinson
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 10, 1993
An updated, point-of-view investigation by Mark Mori and Susan Robinson of the environmental legacy and social impact of South Carolina's Savannah River Plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of hydrogen bomb materials during the Cold War.
a.k.a. Don Bonus
by Spencer Nakasako and Sokly Don Bonus Ny
PBS Premiere Date: June 25, 1996
A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who now lives in San Francisco's inner city.
Butterfly
by Doug Wolens
PBS Premiere Date: June 20, 2000
In December 1997, Julia Hill climbed a 1000-year-old redwood tree vowing to not come down until it was saved from being clear-cut.
In the Light of Reverence
by Christopher McLeod and Malinda Maynor
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 14, 2001
In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites.
Hybrid
by Monteith McCollum
PBS Premiere Date: July 9, 2002
Welcome to the Midwest, land of visionary farmers like Milford Beeghly. Hybrid combines interviews, animation and rare dry wit to create a meditative portrait.
Thirst
by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman
PBS Premiere Date: July 13, 2004
Population growth, pollution, and scarcity are turning water into "blue gold," the oil of the 21st century.
The Fire Next Time
by Patrice O'Neill
PBS Premiere Date: July 12, 2005
Over a stormy two-year period, The Fire Next Time follows a deeply divided group of Flathead Valley, Montana citizens caught in a web of conflicts intensified by rapid growth and the power of talk radio.
Wood
by David Fenster
Digital Premiere Date: March 5, 2014
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Wood follows the journey of timber from the forest through the sawmill and presents a portrait of the working men we find along the way.
Lawn
by Monteith McCollum
PBS Premiere Date: July 11, 2006
"Your lawn is a reflection of your character," a woman says in a phone conversation at the beginning of the film. Lawn explores our relationship with nature and our desire to control it.
Maquilapolis
by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 10, 2006
Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras just over the border in Tijuana, Mexico, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos.
Standing Silent Nation
by Suree Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann
PBS Premiere Date: July 3, 2007
In April 2000, Alex White Plume and his Lakota family planted industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota after other crops had failed. But when federal agents raided the White Plumes' fields, the Lakota Nation was swept into a Byzantine struggle over tribal sovereignty, economic rights and common sense.
The Chances of the World Changing
by Eric Daniel Metzgar and Nell Carden Grey
PBS Premiere Date: July 17, 2007
An extraordinary chronicle of two years in the life of Richard Ogust, whose life turns into strange territory as he shares his Manhattan loft with 1,200 turtles he is trying to save.
Libby, Montana
by Doug Hawes-Davis and Drury Gunn Carr
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 28, 2007
In the small town of Libby, many hundreds are sick or have already died from exposure to asbestos, a notorious industrial toxin that many Americans consider long banned or under control.
Up the Yangtze
by Yung Chang
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 8, 2008
Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods.
City of Cranes
by Eva Weber
PBS Premiere Date: Dec. 10, 2008
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 18, 2009
City of Cranes takes the viewer hundreds of feet above the ground to hear the insights of crane drivers, and see a glimpse of the poetic, mesmerizing world of cranes.
Nutkin's Last Stand
by Nicholas Berger
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2009
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Immortalized in Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, the red is the island nation's only native species of squirrel. But it is being driven to extinction by the invading greys.
POV Shorts (2009)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2009
POV presents a one-hour collection of acclaimed documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers.
Food, Inc.
by Robert Kenner
PBS Premiere Date: April 21, 2010
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 9, 2011
This 2010 Oscar-nominated film lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer.
Notes on Milk
by Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollum
PBS Premiere Date: April 21, 2010
A poetic look at some lesser-known aspects of America's favorite drink: the industry's spiritual underpinnings, politics and the struggle of independent farmers.
SALT
by Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 2010
Made in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Michael Angus, SALT is the film extension of Murray Fredericks’ photography at the desolate yet beautiful Lake Eyre.
POV Short Cuts (2011)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
A one-hour collection of documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers, including: Big Birding Day, Flawed, Miss Devine, No More Questions, Six Weeks and Tiffany.
Big Birding Day
by David Wilson
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
David Wilson offers a glimpse into the world of competitive birdwatching, as three friends attempt to see as many species as possible in 24 hours.
If a Tree Falls
by Marshall Curry
PBS Premiere Date: Sept. 13, 2011
Encore Broadcast: Oct. 11, 2012
This provocative film lifts the veil on a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's "number one domestic terrorism threat."
The City Dark
by Ian Cheney
PBS Premiere Date: July 5, 2012
Is darkness becoming extinct? Exploring the physical and psychological effects of light pollution, The City Dark is a portrait of the world after dusk, and a meditation on the human relationship to the stars.
Fallen City
by Qi Zhao
PBS Premiere Date: July 28, 2014
After an earthquake levels Beichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed, but while a city can be rebuilt quickly, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey for the survivors.
Big Men
by Rachel Boynton
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 25, 2014
Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, goes to Ghana to provide an unprecedented look at the global deal making and dark underside of oil development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world.