7 documentaries about the climate

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    Countless documentary filmmakers have explored the effects of the climate crisis on every day life, and many have gone on to screen their films at IDFA. The following seven films from the IDFA Collection offer an entry point into this topic, each exploring the pressing issue from a different angle.

    Diverse landscapes

    The films in this selection reveal the melting polar caps in the Arctic, follow Naomi Klein as she calls for action to tackle the climate crisis, and show the major consequences of widespread livestock farming. From running races in inhospitable deserts to inhabiting a village that is slowly disappearing due to rising sea levels, the landscapes that the filmmakers explore could hardly be more diverse. But the Earth's climate is firmly woven through all the films as a common thread.

    ​ From the festival to your home cinema

    The IDFA Collection includes dozens of documentaries about the climate. To help you get started, you can find a selection of seven special films on this subject here, which can now be streamed online for free or a small contribution.

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    Desert Runners

    • Jennifer Steinman
    • 2013

      Every year, running events are organized in the most inhospitable deserts of the world. In just five days, the competitors have to slog their way through sand for 250 kilometers (155 miles).

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      Greenland Melting

      • Catherine Upin, Julia Cort, Nonny de la Peña, Raney Aronson-Rath
      • 2017

        Let two NASA scientists show you around Greenland. Why have the glaciers been melting so fast over the past 15 years? On-site reservation required.

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        Losing Alaska

        • Tom Burke
        • 2018

          In this urgent story that makes an acute problem tangible, the inhabitants of Newtok, Alaska are seeing their village literally vanish due to climate change. 

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          Polar Sea 360

          • Thomas Wallner
          • 2014

            A 360-degree documentary that shows the climatological and cultural changes taking place in the Arctic area, literally from all sides.

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            Sealers - One Last Hunt

            • Trude Berge Ottersen, Gry Elisabeth Mortensen
            • 2016

              A seasoned Norwegian skipper defies the decline in Norwegian seal hunting and sets off as usual on a treacherous journey through the ice floes.

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              • Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti
              • 2018

                An investigation of the increasing industrialization of pig farming, and its global consequences for humans and the environment .

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                This Changes Everything

                • Avi Lewis
                • 2015

                  Naomi Klein presents an alternative and more hopeful perspective on the climate crisis: it offers an opportunity to radically change an ailing economic system.

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