Documentaries and videos

Documentaries

Legacy Origins of Civilization


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The San Francisco Diggers


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Seeds Of Death – Full Movie


A Question and Answer fact sheet deconstructing Monsanto’s GM claims and Big Agriculture’s propaganda to accompany the film is available online.
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Multiply and Subdue the Earth (1969)

We at FreeCascadia.org do not agree with the first segment of this documentary in regards to “deviants” and other 1950s views of mass psychology, but do agree with a lot of what Ian McHarg was pointing out (as a critic) in 1969 about anthropocentrism and the western notions of domination over (or conquest of) Nature.

Produced, written and presented by Austin Hoyt ; produced by WGBH Educational Foundation for the Public Broadcast Laboratory of National Educational Television in 1969.
Discusses the need for active and informed environmental policy in regards to the human habitat, offering the message that sound ecological planning is a necessity where land use is concerned. Reviews the many ways that thoughtless habitation, land use or lack of planning can create problems- such as overcrowding, pollution, property destruction, loss of food and water supply- to illustrate the point that proper planning avoids such problems by seeking unity with nature rather than dominion. Go to the individual post of this documentary

DamNation – Official Film Trailer


This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. DamnNationFilm.com

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Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers (2003) Full


Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers is an award winning Swedish documentary film on consumerism and globalization, created by director Erik Gandini and editor Johan Söderberg.

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Ecology Emerges: Peter Berg


Peter Berg was one of the original San Francisco Diggers and went on to co-found the Planet Drum Foundation. He was at the first UN Conference on the Environment in Stockholm Sweden in 1972, was one of the originators of Bioregionalism, and has been at the heart of many ecological battles, including California’s Peripheral Canal. This is part of the “Ecology Emerges” oral history interview collection by Shaping San Francisco, tracing the arc of environmental activism from conservation to environmental justice, 1960s to the present.

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The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power


The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.
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re:publica 2012 – Rick Falkvinge – Working swarm-wise


Published on May 22, 2012
Rick Falkvinge, swedish IT-entrepeneur and founder of the swedish Pirate Party talks about how to apply open source collaboration in order to change the ways of policy in the world.

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The Light Bulb Conspiracy | Planned Obsolescence

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Ecology Emerges: Judy Goldhaft


Judy Goldhaft is a cofounder of Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco, and was previously one of the band of radicals known as the San Francisco Diggers. She also helped start the Frisco Bay Mussel Group in the late 1970s and has been in the middle of the emeregnce of bioregionalism. She is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging “Ecology Emerges” oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the 1950s-60s all the way to the present.

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Ancient Futures – Learning From Ladakh

View this movie at cultureunplugged.com Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, lies deep in the Himalayas in northernmost India. Isolated for centuries by high mountain passes, Ladakh was spared the impacts of colonialism and development that erased so much of the planet’s cultural diversity. In this Tibetan Buddhist culture, people had created a remarkably successful culture, one based on cooperation and sharing. There was no homelessness, no poverty, and no one went hungry. There was no shortage of resources, no pollution. The status of women was remarkably high (higher than in the west), and relations between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority were peaceful and friendly.

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ZAPATISTA (1999)


On January 1st 1994, Chiapas (an occupied state by the Mexican federal government) erupted into rebellion after the government officials of US, Canada and Mexico signed into law NAFTA. The Zapatista movement was fully born as an indigenous resistance movement against neoliberal economics and its neo-colonialism.
As a bioregional movement, which at its roots is a decolonization movement, we should be in solidarity with our siblings in Chiapas. We stand today at the edge of another signing of an unfair “Free Trade Agreement” called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. Go to the individual post of this documentary

Pickaxe – The Cascadia Free State Story


1999. Directed by Tim Lewis & Tim Ream. Pickaxe documents the struggle to halt logging at Warner Creek, a federally protected forest in Oregon. Following a suspicious fire in 1991 that cleared the land, Congress suspended environmental regulations to allow logging in the area. Since arson was determined to be the cause of the fire, however, activists argued that logging at Warner Creek was illegal and should be resisted with radical direct action. What followed was an 11-month battle complete with a 79-day hunger strike and a remarkable blockade of a remote logging road.

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Occupied Cascadia


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 ideological and indigenous. Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and growing culture of resistance. Filming began during the outset of the populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep understanding and identification with our specific bioregions (literally “Life-Place”).
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Videos

The Mike Wallace Interview: Erich Fromm (1958-05-25)


Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and social critic, talks to Wallace about society, materialism, relationships, government, religion, and happiness. Go to the individual post of this video

Vandana Shiva – Decolonize the Mind

ALAN WATTS; Conversation With Myself (Video)


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Decolonizing the Mind – A Talk by Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, 1/24/2014

Decolonizing the Mind: Healing Through Neurodecolonization and Mindfulness
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The Story of Bottled Water (2010)

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The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Go to the individual post of this video

Fantastic Fungi: The Forbidden Fruit

An excerpt from the feature documentary by Louie Schwartzberg following notable mycologist, Paul Stamets, as he discusses the important role mushrooms play in the survival and health of the earth and human species. Fantastic Fungi

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Do Trees Communicate?


In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2. Click to read more.

Kirkpatrick Sale speech on bioregionalism & secession (Part 1 of 5)

Kirkpatrick Sale is an independent scholar and author who has written prolifically about environmentalism, luddism, technology and political decentralism. This is a speech at UNCA on April 9th, 2010. His website is MiddleburyInstitute.org. This video was created by the Grassroots Activist Guild.
Kirkpatrick Sale speech on bioregionalism & secession (Parts 1 through 5)

Voices of Humanity


Gaia Journey is trekking the Pan American Highway by car from Alaska to Argentina. We are capturing the burgeoning voice of the human spirit that is emerging and living their destiny! Living the change we all wish to see in the world. Our aim is to nuture these connections, giving everyone a voice and creating a network of empowered humans across North and South America. Contact them or donate at greatworkjourney@gmail.com.

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Conversations in Cascadia: Our Connection with Earth

Jen and Jacob explore Portland and meet with beautiful souls who are calling for a change at this time. Contact them or donate at greatworkjourney@gmail.com.

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