2021 Festival Guide
LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival
acknowledges that our festival is held on Indigenous peoples’ traditional homelands, including
the Anishinaabe, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, and the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples.
These proud, Indigenous Peoples are not a part of the past.
They remain an essential part of North Dakota today.
Our festival recognizes the ever-present systemic inequities perpetrated against these cultures in our state,
and we commit ourselves indenitely to respecting and reconciling this long history of injustice.
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Cover: ICE REQUIEM | Directed by Lionel Cariou and Eric Larose
Opposite: FOREST | Directed by Dermott Burns
Welcome
Sean Coffman
Executive Director, The Human Family
2021 Festival Director, NDERFF
O
ver the past ve years, The Human Family
has worked tirelessly to bring current and
relevant human rights and social justice content to
the northern communities of North Dakota. As the
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival festival
progressed, we discovered that we were receiving a
high number of incredibly important and well-made
lms about the impacts of changing climates and
the connections between the environment
and human rights. But because of our desire to
have a balanced festival, many of those lms,
unfortunately, found themselves on our proverbial
‘editing room oor.’
So, we crafted an experiment. We prepared an
opportunity for environmental-specic lms to
have a space of their own. We weren’t sure if the
festival would be of interest to lmmakers. To
our surprise, we had nearly 100 lms and over 90
hours of content submitted. The experiment was a
success, and we’re so thankful for that. The result
is that we’re now presenting lms that are essential
viewing for our northern audiences.
For our opening year, we have 44 lms from
around the world to share. Stunning lms about the
environment and sustainability. Educational works
about the history of federal policy in the United
States and the connections between religion,
money, science. And inspirational lms about
eco-activists giving all they have to protect the
environment and the world we call home.
It is our pleasure to celebrate Earth Day 2021
with this inaugural festival. We hope you leave the
festival concerned about the sustainability issues
we face and inspired by the individuals working to
protect our futures seven generations ahead.
Welcome to the rst annual North Dakota
Environmental Rights Film Festival.
Sincerely,
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Tickets
Passes and Individual tickets
All-Movie Pass $45
Provides access to all lms in the festival.
Curated Film Block $15
The festival has 10 curated lm blocks
designed to replicate a “night at the
cinema.” Each block runs approximately
2.5 hours.
Individual Features $10
Watch an individual feature in the festival.
Individual Short $5
Watch an individual short in the festival.
Each ticket is also subject to a $3.83 Technology Fee
from Eventive, the platform hosting our festival.
When purchasing your pass or ticket, please
consider also making a tax-deductible donation to the
North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival.
Your support helps bring these important lms to the
northern communities of North Dakota.
How to buy tickets
Online ticket sales begin Wednesday, March 31,
2021. Tickets are available at www.nderff.org.
Tickets are sold via Eventive. Once your order is
complete, you will receive an email conrmation
and receive access to the lms in your package.
Online and Box Ofce payment: Visa,
MasterCard, Discover and American Express are
accepted. Cash and Checks are not accepted.
The Fine Print: All orders are nal. No refunds,
exchanges, substitutions, or replacements.
The Human Family is not responsible for
lost, stolen, forgotten, or damaged
tickets or passes, or any item misdirected by the
Postal Service or spam lters.
If a screening is canceled, attendees will have an
opportunity to attend a rescheduled screening.
Service fees for returned rescheduled passes or
tickets are non-refundable. The service fee is
$1.00 per pass or ticket.
Accessibility
Closed-captioning is available for certain lms and for
pre-recorded panel
discussions and lmmaker Q&As.
To request specic accommodations, email ADA@
human-family.org
Connect with us
Website NDERFF.org
Phone (701) 205-0248 FAX (701) 212-4197
How to Join Us
Because of the pandemic, the North Dakota Human
Rights Film Festival has moved online for our rst
season. The festival will take place using the Eventive
platform.
You can access the online platform from our
webpage at www.nderff.org or directly at
https://watch.eventive.org/nderff
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How to Watch
Getting Started
This year, the North Dakota Environmental Rights
Film Festival will only be available online. We are
using the Eventive Platform, which allows you to
screen lms to your television, on your desktop or
laptop computer system, or via your tablet or
mobile phone.
The online festival is available at:
https://watch.eventive.org/nderff
You can also nd a link to the online festival on our
main website at: www.nderff.org
Create Your Log-in
When you make your rst purchase of a pass or
individual ticket, you will be asked to create an
Eventive log-in. You will need this to sign in on
your devices to watch.
Once you’ve created your login and purchased a pass
or ticket, simply go to the lm or program you would
like to view and click “Unlock.” You’ll have
immediate access to the lm on any of your devices!
Watch on Your Television
Eventive allows you to screen the lms in the festival
via your television several ways: If you're an AppleTV
or Roku device user, you can download the Eventive
App from the app store to your device. Once the
application is installed, you'll receive instructions on
how to link your device with your online prole.
Alternatively, you can cast from your
browser to your SmartTV. Please note that you must
rst unlock content on a computer or mobile device
before you can view it via either of the apps.
Watch on Another Device
You can also experience the festival from your
desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.
Simply go to the festival and purchase your pass or
ticket, go to the lm or program you would like to
view and click “Unlock.” You’ll have immediate
access to the lm on any of your devices.
Video on Demand
All of the lms in the festival are available Video On
Demand. That means you can watch lms as your
schedule allows.
All lms are available to screen midnight, Sunday,
April 11 to midnight, Sunday, April 25.
Please Remember
Due to licensing restrictions, certain lms may be
limited to their screening radius or screening time.
Be sure to review the requirements of a particular lm
prior to purchasing a pass or ticket.
Once you hit play, you have 7-days to watch that
feature or shorts package. You can pause, stop, and
restart at any time during that time period.
You can only watch from one device at a time.
If you are experiencing technical difculties, click on
‘Need Help?’ from your browser.
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Contents
Welcome 3
Tickets 4
How to Watch 5
Curated Blocks 7
Feature films 20
Shorts FILMS 33
Animation & Experimental 58
About 68
Curated Blocks
A VOICE FOR WHALES | Directed by Selket Kaufman | 2020
The festival has ten curated cinema Blocks. Each Block is designed to replicate a theatrical
screening experience and features hand-selected short narratives or documentaries,
animated or experimental lms. A feature lm wraps the evening. The average length
of each Block is approximately two and a half hours.
Unsure of which lms to watch or want to hit play and enjoy a wide variety of themes and
discussions? These Cinema Blocks are the perfect option for you.
In the coming pages, the lms in each Block are identied. Learn detailed information
about each lm in the Features and Shorts sections of this program.
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Curated Blocks
Soiled
Documentary Short | 18 min
BLOCK 1
6-FILM PACKAGE | 123 MINUTES
RYORI
Animated Short | 5 min
The End
Narrative Short | 2 min
The Global Food Waste Crisis
and the Danish Solution
Documentary Short | 19 min
Keystone
Documentary Short | 28 min
SOCKEYE SALMON. RED FISH.
Feature Documentary | 51 min
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End of the Line:
The Women of Standing RocK
Documentary Feature | 87 min
BLOCK 2
4-FILM PACKAGE | 126 MINUTES
Along the Winsik River
Documentary Short | 10 min
Sentinels of Silence?
Whale Watching, Noise,
and the Orca
Documentary Short | 26 min
Mini Wiconi: Water is Life
Animated Short | 3 min
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MeKong 2030
Narrative Feature | 90 min
BLOCK 3
4-FILM PACKAGE | 128 MINUTES
The Man of the Trees
Documentary Short | 19 min
Forest
Animated Short | 3 min
Gold of Cajamarca
Documentary Short | 16 min
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BLOCK 4
6-FILM PACKAGE | 144 MINUTES
Illuminating the Dark Fleet
Documentary Short | 4 min
Kokoly
Documentary Short | 15 min
diminuendo
Experimental Short | 4 min
Unbreathable:
The Fight for Clean Air
Documentary Short | 29 min
Plants, Pollinators & Prayers
Documentary Short | 40 min
Ice Requiem
Feature Documentary | 52 min
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A Year in the Field
Documentary Short | 33 min
Hard Road of Hope
Documentary Feature | 55 min
Necessity: Oil, Water and
Climate Resistance
Documentary Feature | 60 min
BLOCK 5
3-FILM PACKAGE | 148 MINUTES
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BLOCK 6
4-FILM PACKAGE | 129 MINUTES
The Race to Save the WorlD
Documentary Short | 110 min
Returning Home
Narrative Short | 6 min
All Possible Futures
Experimental Short | 4 min
ETHYL Part Two
Documentary Short | 9 min
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Rebel Bells
Documentary Short | 13 min
Save Our Species
Animated Short | 2 min
Yehow
Documentary Short | 13 min
BLOCK 7
5-FILM PACKAGE | 128 MINUTES
Future Ancestor
Documentary Short | 10 min
Bone Cage
Narrative Feature | 90 min
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BLOCK 8
4-FILM PACKAGE | 142 MINUTES
Peloton Against Plastic
Documentary Feature | 90 min
Echoes from Lock One
Documentary Short | 26 min
Hui Malama Loko l’a
Documentary Short | 6 min
God $ Green:
An Unholy Alliance
Documentary Short | 20 min
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A Voice for Whales
Documentary Short | 13 min
AYEO
Animated Short | 2 min
The Beauty of the Beasts
Documentary Feature | 50 min
BLOCK 9
4-FILM PACKAGE | 143 MINUTES
The Mountain that Weeps
Documentary Feature | 67 min
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Growing Hope
Narrative Short | 5 min
Rebel Bells
Documentary Short | 13 min
Planet Blue - Journey to Eco
Animated Short | 6 min
BLOCK 10
6-FILM PACKAGE | 80 MINUTES - INSPIRING YOUTH
The Protectors of the Wood:
Dreamstone Warriors
Animated Short | 22 min
Echoes from Lock One
Documentary Short | 26 min
Coyote & Big Buff
Narrative Short | 8 min
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AT HOME
Next Show
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Feature Films
THE BEAUTY OF THE BEASTS | Directed by Verena Endtner | 2020
Track down the poachers with dogs. This is the
order the Swiss veterinarian Marlene Zähner got
from the Congo. Unique mountain gorillas and
other wild animals live in the Virunga National Park,
but rebels and poachers are threatening paradise.
In 2011, she unexpectedly received a phone call
from Congo; the director of the park asked her to
help with the rampant poaching. Marlene Zähner
is an internationally sought-after specialist in man
trailing. She trains bloodhounds and their guides
to target criminals.
But the plan turns out to be difcult: the rangers
of the park have no experience with dogs and are
frightened by the large animals. Most of the
infrastructure has been destroyed – there are hardly
any stores. Everything Marlene needs for her dog
THE BEAUTY OF THE BEASTS
DIRECTED BY VERENA ENDTNER | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 50 MINUTES | 2020 | SWITZERLAND
squad has to be imported from Switzerland. All of
a sudden, smoldering conict breaks out, and she
nds herself caught between the war fronts. But de-
spite the constant adversity, she continues her work
undeterred. Six times a year she travels to the Congo
for two weeks a time to advance the anti-poaching
project.
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Jamie (Taylor Olson) works a wood processor,
clear-cutting for pulp in small-town
Nova Scotia.
At the end of each shift, he walks through the
destruction he has created looking for injured
animals and rescues those he can.
Adapted from a play by Nova Scotian author
Catherine Banks, Bone Cage is an impressive
rst feature from Halifax actor/lmmaker
Taylor Olson that sensitively excavates the
tragedy of how young people in rural
communities, employed in the destruction
of their environment, treat the people they
love at the end of their shift.
BONE CAGE
DIRECTED BY TAYLOR OLSON | FEATURE LENGTH NARRATIVE | 89 MINUTES | 2020 | CANADA
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From acclaimed documentary lmmaker
Shannon Kring comes END OF THE LINE,
the incredible story of a group of indigenous
women willing to risk their lives to stop the
Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that
desecrated their ancient burial and prayer
sites and threatens their land, water, and
very existence.
They are the brave survivors. Among them,
the descendant of the female warrior who
fought the US Cavalry alongside Sitting Bull.
The great-grandmother who was red upon at
Wounded Knee in 1973. The lifelong activist
who became a part of the system in order to
defeat it.
END OF THE LINE:
THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK
DIRECTED BY SHANNON KRING | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 87 MINUTES | 2021 | UNITED STATES
They are the daughters and granddaughters of
brave survivors. People who escaped genocide,
only to be robbed of their lands and herded onto
reservations. Children who were taken from
their families and placed in non-Native boarding
schools and foster homes where they suffered
further abuse. Today, these women tell their
own tragic stories. Stories ranging from forced
sterilization to substandard medical care.
Yet somehow the spirit of these women has not
been broken. The women of Standing Rock vow
to protect Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.
It is their responsibility to the ancestors and to
the seven generations to come. This is their
last stand.
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A journey into West Virginia: the radical history
that’s been amputated from the people there
and how folks are working to ght both dying
king coal and the rise of fracking in this forgot-
ten resource colony.
HARD ROAD OF HOPE
DIRECTED BY ELEANOR GOLDFIELD | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 54 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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What if, to better understand how ice is born,
lives and dies, we just had to listen carefully?
The Arctic ice cap is melting much faster than
predicted - scientists still lack data to rene
their predictions. For example, the precise
thickness of the ice is difcult to determine.
To help solve this problem, Grenoble-based
researchers will, for the rst time, set up micro-
phones in the closest inhabited region to the
North Pole. The Svalbard archipelago has long
been attractive for its coal deposits, and is today
at the forefront of climate change.
ICE REQUIEM
DIRECTED BY LIONEL CARIOU & ERIC LAROSE | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 52 MINUTES | 2019 | FRANCE
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MEKONG 2030 is a lm anthology, comprising
ve stories that envision the future of the
Mekong River from different cultural
perspectives.
Set in the year 2030, it aims to both entertain
and inspire audiences to actively protect this
critical life source.
MEKONG 2030
ANTHOLOGY WITH MULTIPLE DIRECTORS | FEATURE LENGTH NARRATIVE | 93 MINUTES | 2020 | LAOS
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THE MOUNTAIN THAT WEEPS is a 2019
documentary lm about the most contentious
land-use battle in Riverside County,
California, history.
In 2005, Granite Construction Company
proposed a seventy-ve-year open-pit mining
project on the southern border of the City of
Temecula, California. The project, branded
“Liberty Quarry”, ignited community outrage
which led to seven years of heated debates
and public hearings.
Liberty Quarry was quickly opposed by The
City of Temecula, “Save our Southwest Hills”
a local grassroots group, The Santa Margarita
Ecological Reserve and the Pechanga Band
THE MOUNTAIN THAT WEEPS
DIRECTED BY BRADLEY MUNOA | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 67 MINUTES | 2019 | UNITED STATES
of Luiseño Indians. These four entities came
together in an unprecedented effort to contest
the quarry project claiming it would destroy
quality of life, ruin air quality, cause an increase
in trafc and pollution, and devastate a site held
sacred to the Pechanga Tribe.
Despite opposition and denials on multiple
levels of Riverside County Government,
politics and back door deals kept the project
alive, allowing a giant corporation to supersede
the will of the public.
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NECESSITY traces the ght in Minnesota
against the expansion of pipelines carrying
toxic tar sands oil through North America.
Home to much of the world’s precious fresh-
water resources, the state is also the site of
expanding oil industry infrastructure. The lm
follows indigenous activists and non-indigenous
allies in their resistance to the pipelines
traversing native lands and essential waterways.
NECESSITY: OIL, WATER, AND CLIMATE RESISTANCE
DIRECTED BY JAN HAAKEN & SAMANTHA PRAUS | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 59 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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Plastic is choking our planet, don’t dwell on it,
let’s act. Embark on an odyssey as two Aussies
and a bunch of eco guardians ride bicycles from
Hanoi to Bangkok meeting proactive locals
tackling plastic pollution. Our foe is strong,
lightweight, greater in numbers and cheap, but
we will prevail!
PELOTON AGAINST PLASTIC
DIRECTED BY JAMIE LEPRE & PAUL HELLIER | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 85 MINUTES | 2020 | AUSTRALIA
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THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD follows
the passion and commitment of regular everyday
people who are devoting their lives to ghting
climate change. They are climate change
activists from all walks of life, from ages 16 to
72, risking prison time, their families and
relationships and even their lives to make
their voices heard.
The subjects in this lm aren’t putting their
heads in the sand, or waiting for someone else
to do something, they’re in the trenches doing
anything they can to try to turn this around.
Where most climate change lms tell people
how bad things are and how much worse they
will get (all true) and try to frighten people to
THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD
DIRECTED BY JOE GANTZ | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 102 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
get them involved, the subjects in THE RACE
TO SAVE THE WORLD will inspire viewers
with their unwavering determination to do all
that they can to ght for a livable future.
The subjects in the lm are not portrayed as
heroes, they are no different than those
watching this lm— except that they are taking
action.
We believe that such a lm will motivate
audiences to say, “Hey, if these folks can do
something, then so can I!”
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Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in
Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in
the Pacic Ocean. Only once does it return to
fresh waters - to give offspring, start the circle of
life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that
feeds billions of people on the planet, restored
every year! But soon, we may nd ourselves
facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust
the inexhaustible!
SOCKEYE SALMON. RED FISH.
DIRECTED BY DMITRIY SHPILENOK & VLADISLAV GRISHIN | FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY | 51 MINUTES | 2020 | RUSSIA
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Short Films
FUTURE ANCESTOR | Directed by Josue Rivas | 2020
In 2018, Pacic Whale Foundation’s founder
Greg Kaufman passed away after a hard-fought
battle with cancer. A VOICE FOR WHALES
was created to tell the story of his ght to save
humpback whales from extinction by educating
the public, from a scientic perspective, about
whales and their ocean habitat.
A lm created by Greg’s wife, PWF team
member, and acclaimed photojournalist Selket
Kaufman, the 20-minute piece tells a story of
hope and of “standing up for what you
believe in, no matter the odds,” according to
the lmmaker, who traveled to Tonga, Slovenia,
Australia and the continental U.S. to interview,
friends, colleagues and people who knew him
best to help tell his story.
A VOICE FOR WHALES
DIRECTED BY SELKET KAUFMAN | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 23 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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A YEAR IN THE FIELD shows, through the
experiences of Joonas Plaan, a young Estonian
anthropologist, how cultural anthropologists
conduct eldwork. More than any other
methodology, ethnographic eld research gives
cultural anthropology its unique identity. By
immersing themselves in the life of another
culture for an extended period, anthropologists
acquire an insiders’ understanding of a culture.
Set in a shery-dependent village in
Newfoundland, A YEAR IN THE FIELD
illustrates all the main elements of ethnographic
eldwork, from arrival, learning the language,
nding a role in the community, and developing
rapport to conducting participant observation,
interviewing, and recording data in daily eld
A YEAR IN THE FIELD
DIRECTED BY DENNIS LANSON | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 33 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
notes. While Joonas at rst struggles to gain
acceptance, he soon earns the community’s
respect and trust by working alongside local
shers as a crew member on crab and lobster
boats. As Joonas discovers, eldwork not only
respects and prioritizes local knowledge, it is
also a transformative experience for the
individual who engages in it.
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In Canada, a remote Indigenous community
is ghting for its survival in the age of climate
change. Extreme weather, changes in ice
formation, and wildres have made hunting and
gathering for traditional food more and more
dangerous and difcult.
ALONG THE WINISK RIVER is a portrait of a
community as it comes together to embark on a
caribou hunt in the freezing subarctic winter of
Canada.
The lm explores the impacts of this struggle
against a backdrop of systemic discrimination
and calls for the government of Canada to do
better to protect Indigenous communities.
ALONG THE WINISK RIVER
DIRECTED BY JANNA KYLLÄSTINEN | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 10 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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On October 8, 2017 in the middle of the night,
Beau Decker and Yoosha Carson were awaken
and hurried out of their beds as a rabid forest
re swept through their neighborhood. Both
boys lost their homes that evening, along with
many others in Redwood Valley, California.
These are their stories; for their fellow neigh-
bors who have lost and their advice on how to
heal.
Animated and lmed on top of audio recordings
of Beau (5 years old) and Yoosha (11 years
old). I asked them, “What’s a story you’d tell
someone who’s afraid of re?” and these are the
stories they made up.
COYOTE & BIG BUFF
DIRECTED BY ILENA PEGAN | NARRATIVE SHORT | 8 MINUTES | 2019 | UNITED STATES
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The main culprits driving climate change will
perhaps only realize their crimes against Earth
and the ecosystem when none will remain to
hold them accountable for their deeds.
THE END
DIRECTED BY SÁRA MIHÁLYKÖVI | NARRATIVE SHORT | 90 SECONDS | 2020 | HUNGARY
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ETHYL PART TWO takes us on a journey to
Santa Fe Community College to see how Ethyl
is educating surrounding communities to bring
awareness to the impacts of plastic use and
solutions a sustainable future.
ETHYL PART TWO
DIRECTED BY JODY MCNICHOLAS | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 9 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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Indigenous scholar and poet Lyla June
challenges the status quo when she decides
to run for House of Representatives in
New Mexico’s District 47.
FUTURE ANCESTOR follows her through a
7-day “fast for the future” on the steps of the
Capitol building. Fueled by prayer and bone
broth, Lyla is an unlikely candidate who reveals
a new vision for leadership, urging us to “think
seven generations ahead.”
FUTURE ANCESTOR
DIRECTED BY JOSUE RIVAS | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 10 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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Over one third of the food produced for human
consumption is lost or wasted. Because food-
waste has severe social, economic, and environ-
mental consequences, it is a key sustainability
challenge. Fortunately, the people of Denmark
are leading the effort to combat this global
issue.
THE GLOBAL FOOD WASTE CRISIS AND THE DANISH SOLUTION
DIRECTED BY ELISE M. DADOURIAN | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 19 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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In this short documentary, viewers are taken
on an eye-opening journey through decades of
religious polarization, political propaganda,
corporate deal-making, and environmental
injustice based on systemic racism. It’s a story
often told in light of social and cultural issues.
It’s told less so in relation to the biggest crisis
facing us today—climate change.
GOD $ GREEN: AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE
tells the story of how potent forces came
together to mount an army of climate change
skeptics in the name of God, country and
capitalism.
A Butlerlms Production for the Religion, Race
& Democracy Lab at the University of Virginia.
GOD $ GREEN: AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE
DIRECTED BY JEANINE BUTLER | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 20 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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A short handcrafted 16mm documentary about
the ghts against one of Colombia’s biggest
open-sky goldmine projects.
A black and white ballad through Tolima’s
green mountains, in Colombian Andes, talking
to Cajamarca’s valley inhabitants. On surface,
green fertile lands and peaceful agriculture.
But hidden under the ground, invisible elds of
gold coveted by a multinational company could
reshape this whole world.
Sometimes with just their voices, sometimes
accepting to show their faces, Cajamarca’s
workers depict different aspects of their lives
and the threat of the open-sky goldmine project
they face, while their images slightly tend to
disappear.
GOLD OF CAJAMARCA
DIRECTED BY ALEXANDRE REGOL | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 15 MINUTES | 2019 | FRANCE
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This is a short lm focusing on multi genera-
tional tree planting and the long term benets
for all.
GROWING HOPE amplies the message of the
non prot www.grandtrees.org and its initiative
to plant trees by young and old for a brighter
future for us all.
GROWING HOPE
DIRECTED BY IVAN RAMIN RADNIK | NARRATIVE SHORT | 5 MINUTES | 2020 | CANADA
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Hui Malama Loko I’a highlights the work Native
Hawaiian’s are doing to restore ancient loko i‘a
(shponds) across ka paeʻāina o Hawaiʻi (the
Hawaiian archipelago).
This lm was made to support the work of KUA,
an innovative, community-based initiative for
protecting, restoring and caring for Hawaiʻi,
and follows a hui (gathering) of loko i‘a
practitioners from around the state as they
malama (to care for) a loko i‘a of one of their
members and vision in fellowship for a more
equitable and sustainable future.
HUI MALAMA LOKO I’A
DIRECTED BY SCOTT E. SCHIMMEL | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 6 MINUTES | 2019 | UNITED STATES
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Rampant Illegal Fishing Exposed in North
Korean Waters.
Groundbreaking analysis from Global Fishing
Watch, published in Science Advances, marks
the beginning of a new era in satellite moni-
toring of global shing activity and reinforces
the importance of greater transparency to ght
illegal shing.
ILLUMINATING THE DARK FLEET
DIRECTED BY RYAN FFRENCH | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 4 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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We are existing in an extremely pivotal time in
human evolution. KEYSTONE is a story about
the land, humans, ora and fauna. A story about
the co-habitation that we must embrace as
humans, in order to create planetary abundance
for future generations.
By re-integrating our economic systems with
ecosystems we can create prosperity and
environmental renewal. By working initially
with keystone species as a super-power of
regeneration. The signal that this is being
achieved is by the return of biodiversity. This
lm specically looks at the role Bison play in
the American plains. By removing this key-
stone species we have altered an ecosystem and
affected all of its inhabitants. Not only have we
KEYSTONE
DIRECTED BY MAGGIE O’DEA | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 28 MINUTES | 2019 | UNITED STATES
removed this critical species we have introduced
cattle into the landscape to further alter the
ecosystem.
To create more abundance, we look at bringing
back the bison herds and restoring the western
prairie. If we balanced our dependence on cattle
for food with Bison we could also eliminate our
need to grow GMO corn. This would open up
vital agricultural land for organic farming and
the raising of food for humans instead of
livestock. The result of ecosystem renewal is
planetary abundance for humans and all life
forms. By working with nature and keystone
species we can generate prosperity in the
landscape for present and future generations.
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KOKOLY offers an insight into the life of an
incredible woman.
Against a backdrop of extreme poverty,
personal loss and a marine environment
changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on
a knife edge. Kokoly follows a traditional Vezo
sherwoman Madame Kokoly – as she reects
on her life experiences and carries out her daily
routine in and around the coastal waters of
southwest Madagascar.
This lm features female-only voices from one
of Africa’s most remote regions.
KOKOLY
DIRECTED BY RYAN FFRENCH | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 4 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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Inspired by the decline of monarch butteries
in the Midwestern prairie, a gardener, educator,
and pastor transform a rural church’s backyard
into a sanctuary for pollinating animals, an
educational garden for the community, and a
sacred space for spiritual contemplation.
PLANTS, POLLINATORS & PRAYERS
DIRECTED BY RANDY CASPERSEN | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 40 MINUTES | 2019 | UNITED STATES
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Daniel Balima is a senior horticulturist from
Tenkodogo, a small Sub-Saharan African town
in Burkina Faso, where he lives with his large
family and has worked since he was born 67
years ago. As a child, Daniel falls ill with polio
and, although growing without the use of his
legs, he is able to follow his father in the family
nursery, walking on his hands.
Daniel has chosen and won this great challenge
and, every day, he sows and cultivates with great
effort and gratitude many vegetables and plants.
Often those who have no food go to the garden,
because they know that even without money can
open that gate, look into the eyes this generous
man, who with a few gestures and a few kind
THE MAN OF THE TREES
DIRECTED BY ANDREA TRIVERO | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 19 MINUTES | 2018 | ITALY
words will make him collect and bring home
what is necessary to feed.
In over fty years of activity he has given life to
more than a million trees and this is what is most
important for Daniel because, as he tells us, his
country, because of the drought, needs many
trees and does not stop, on the contrary, he
dreams of planting another million.
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“If Black Panthers and Girl Scouts had a baby, it
would be the Rebel Bells.” - Pilar Rodriguez
REBEL BELLS is a documentary short lm
about an all-girls radical collective located in
the Calumet region connecting southeast side
Chicago, Illinois and East Chicago in northwest
Indiana. The Calumet region is an economically
precarious, environmentally-polluted industrial
corridor in the U.S. Midwest. The Rebel Bells
was started in 2016 by three mothers who are
leaders in the environmental justice movements
in their respective communities.
The goal of the Rebel Bells collective is to teach
young girls about social justice and community
activism in an empowered and safe
REBEL BELLS
DIRECTED BY ANNE COLTON & MICHELLE YATES | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 13V MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
environment. Though they receive guidance
from the moms that are involved in the group,
the girls take ownership over the curriculum
and typically lead the meetings and activities of
the group.
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Spoken word poetry short lm, written from the
Earth’s perspective from the beginning of time
to present pandemic.
RETURNING HOME
DIRECTED BY SHELBY REID | NARRATIVE SHORT | 5 MINUTES | 2020 | CANADA
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Does whale watching protect or harm whales?
This lm explores heated controversies over
whale watching, boat noise, and orca
conservation in Washington State and British
Columbia. Whale watching companies claim
that they serve as “sentinels” protecting the
orca from unwary recreational boaters, ferries,
and ships.
A number of local conservationists and scien-
tists have argued that whale watching boats
crowd and harass whales, while adding noise to
the orcas’ immediate environment that makes
it difcult for the social species to survive. The
Pacic Whale Watch Association has hired
lobbyists and brought suit against their local
opponents.
SENTINELS OF SILENCE?
WHALE WATCHING, NOISE, AND THE ORCA
DIRECTED BY MARK PEDELTY | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 13 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
SENTINELS OF SILENCE? uses dramatic
imagery, peer-reviewed science, and interviews
with conservationists, scientists, and industry
ofcials to bring a fascinating chapter in the
orca conservation story to light.
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When Julie Lay and her family began smelling a
stench so powerful it reminded her
rst-responder husband of the smell of dead
bodies, she decided she needed to nd out
more.
She found that in Alabama she was far from
alone. She left her career in agriculture and
food safety to investigate. Waste by-products,
including treated human sewage and the waste
from poultry processing plants, is being applied
directly to farmland throughout the country.
Who is regulating this practice and what kind
of pollution or toxins could be getting in our
food that is growing in the soil mixed with this
sludge?
SOILED
DIRECTED BY MCKINLEIGH LAIR | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 18 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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UNBREATHABLE: THE FIGHT FOR
HEALTHY AIR weaves historical milestones
of one the nation’s most critical health laws, the
Clean Air Act, with current day stories of envi-
ronmental injustice and community action.
Nearly half of all Americans still live in areas
with unhealthy levels of air pollution,
particularly those in poorer communities.
Asthma is the number one health issue for
children in the U.S. today. Recent research links
air pollution to higher cases and deaths from
COVID-19. Yet, environmental regulations
and the enforcement of existing laws are being
stripped away.
UNBREATHABLE
THE FIGHT FOR HEALTHY AIR
DIRECTED BY MAGGIE BURNETTE STOGNER | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 29 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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This documentary lm tells the story of two
women coming together to ght a pipeline
expansion project in South Snohomish county
in Washington State, uncovering major climate
and environmental impacts along the way.
YEHOW
DIRECTED BY SARA HOLZKNECHT & PAMELA CHELALAKEM BOND | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | 13 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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Animation & Experimental
DIMINUENDO | Directed by Henrike Lendowski
Set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and over-
looking the scenic Truckee Meadows, ALL
POSSIBLE FUTURES is a journey through
time that focuses on the possible impact of for-
gotten nuclear waste storage on three ctitious
societies, existing many millennia in the future.
The societies consist of: alien colonists
repopulating a barren Earth, a species that lives
in pure congruence with the environment, and
a society that revived life on the planet in the
model of the Sumerian city of Uruk, hoping to
not make the mistakes of ancient Homo
Sapiens. All Possible Futures asks what our
responsibility is to future cultures and how
our decisions impact a future we cannot
possibly know.
ALL POSSIBLE FUTURES
DIRECTED BY PETER WHITTENBERGER | EXPERIMENTAL | 4 MINUTES | 2019 | UNITED STATES
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In the midst of a desolate wasteland, a farmer
boy hopes and dreams that he may one day see
a real live bird. Amidst the wreckage of climate
change and on the heels of mass extinction, little
AYEO represents the future of humanity if
climate change is not addressed.
In the parlance of the Internet, AIO means “All
In One”. Spelled a little differently, little AYEO
represents the reality of our interconnectedness
and our need to behave as one people.
AYEO
DIRECTED BY JACOB UPDYKE | ANIMATION | 3 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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DIMINUENDO visualizes the detrimental
effects plastic waste has on marine life and the
environment from an emotional point of view.
Through visual metaphors, the viewer is
guided through sceneries that get more and
more covered by plastic. To emphasize the
contrast between the natural world and the plas-
tic world, the animation is done entirely with ink
on paper, except for the plastic, which stands
apart from the oceanic life in bright
digital yellow. The two parts are united through
the pulsing paper texture that shines through
the semi-opaque yellow as a constant
reminder of the underlying life it covers. But
there is room for change. In the end, it is
never too late for a helping hand.
DIMINUENDO
DIRECTED BY HENRIKE LENDOWSKI | EXPERIMENTAL | 3 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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FOREST is an experimental short lm rendered
using real-time graphics. Through contrasting
a vibrant virtual paradise with a dark reality, the
lm reects upon humanity’s ignorance of their
destructive nature on earth; the innocence of
youth and the indifference of adulthood.
FOREST
DIRECTED BY DERMOTT BURNS | ANIMATION | 3 MINUTES | 2020 | IRELAND
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A short lm on the environment and how the
fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change.
It’s a black and white hand drawn lm dedicated
to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory.
The main theme is about the Dakota Access
Pipeline (DAPL). The intention of the lm is to
create social awareness regarding
contamination of natural resources.
MINI WICONI: WATER IS LIFE
DIRECTED BY MIGUEL ANTONIO GENZ & JEREMIAS GALANTE | ANIMATION | 3 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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A cast of characters and friends rally to save the
rain forest from deforestation and wildre.
PLANET BLUE - JOURNEY TO ECO
DIRECTED BY RICKEY BOYD | ANIMATION | 6 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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RYORI (Cuisine in Japanese) is a Stop Motion
Animated Film that depicts an Ojizo San Statue
(guardian of the wayside) coming from within
the forest to have a Shojin Ryori meal. Shojin
Ryori is the traditional dining style of Buddhist
Monks in Japan, the cuisine is made without
meat, sh or other animal products. The lm
animates the process of cooking with elements
of change in nature. So as to highlight the
interconnectedness between cuisine and the
environment. The components of a Shojin Ryori
meal are based on the idea of balance. The rule
of ve is created between ve colors and avors
in a meal; green, yellow, red, black and white as
well as sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. This
balance in color and avor is believed to provide
nutritional balance while also bringing the body
into balance with the seasons.
RYORI
DIRECTED BY BRIAN YULO NG | ANIMATION | 5 MINUTES | 2020 | JAPAN
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SAVE OUR SPECIES is a short experimental
stop motion animation lm. The lm expresses
the harm done to our planet’s species with
relation to poaching, pollution, and
deforestation. The endangered species are
depicted through natural material, while the
man-made materials are depicted through
industrial waste.
SAVE OUR SPECIES
DIRECTED BY DELWYN JUDE REMEDIOS | ANIMATION | 2 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
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THE PROTECTORS OF THE WOOD AD-
VENTURE SERIES is an illustrated story of
a group of teenagers who save the world from
climate change.
Phoebe comes home from college to discover
shocking changes threatening Middletown, her
familiar childhood home. A gigantic
corporation already owns many local
“businesses, and is threatening to destroy
the lands, legends, and heritage of her family
and friends.
Mysteries arise as Phoebe unravels the secrets in
her small town, and realizes that they are
connected to a global conict. Deep in the
THE PROTECTORS OF THE WOOD:
DREAMSTONE WARRIORS
DIRECTED BY JOHN KIXMILLER & TAMARA KACHELMEIER | ANIMATION | 22 MINUTES | 2020 | UNITED STATES
marrow of her bones she feels that all her hopes
are in danger of being lost. A powerful gem
called Dreamstone appears at the heart of the
mystery. They explore the forest together and
nd the secrets they have been seeking: Large
and very rare Dreamstone crystals can inspire
visions that help guide people through the crisis
and turning points of their lives.
Together, Phoebe and her group of friends risk
their lives to save the beautiful world around
them called home.
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Dr. Sarah Mosher
Executive Board Chair
Grand Forks, ND
Anna Johnson
Executive Board Vice-Chair
Fargo, ND
Cody Schuler
Executive Board Secretary
and Treasurer
Fargo, ND
James Kambeitz
Board Member
Bismarck, ND
Sonya Jensen
Board Member
Fargo, ND
Raymond Rea
Board Member
Moorhead, MN
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Back Cover: ICE REQUIEM | Directed by Lionel Cariou and Eric Larose
About
The Human Family was established in 2017 and is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Fargo, North Dakota.
We’re a multi-disciplinary media organization dedicated to creating, supporting, promoting, and
distributing human rights, social justice, and social issue-based projects. The Human Family is the founder
and facilitator of several annual events, including The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival, which
takes place throughout North Dakota January-September of each year; the North Dakota Human Rights
Film Festival, which takes place in November of each year; and now the North Dakota Environmental
Rights Film Festival, which will take place in April of each year. In 2020, The Human Family became the
stewards of the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival. In 2021, that festival will celebrate its thirteenth
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