Eco books & movies

TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008)

posted Jan 10, 2012, 12:41 PM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 1:00 PM ]

a film about how planting trees transformed a nation. TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. Learn more about the film at:

Vanishing Of The Bees (2009, though with content from 2010)

posted Oct 25, 2011, 8:27 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2011, 6:35 AM by ]

We highly recommend this 1 1/2 hour documentary on the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  It includes the U.S. beekeepers that fought hard to bring this issue to light when it first started happening on a large scale in 2006, author Michael Pollan, French beekeepers and scientists that experienced this about 10 years before it happened in the U.S., etc.

It covers a lot more ground and goes a lot more in-depth than the "60 Minutes" coverage of the mysterious bee decline.  They talk to organic beekeepers in the U.S. and show video footage of bees in France pollinating an organic sunflower and a sunflower grown with systemic pesticides.  Systemic pesticides are the incredibly important thing you will learn about by watching this film (be sure to pay special attention to any non-organic corn or sunflower seed or oil in your diet).  They also discuss the "sub-lethal effects" of these systemic pesticides on bees, etc.

Go to the website for more about viewings, etc.

Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story (2010)

posted Oct 15, 2011, 7:27 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 15, 2011, 7:28 PM ]

A documentary film by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.  Winner of an Upper Midwest Emmy for "Best Documentary".  The film, or its release, was surrounded in controversy after Molly Priesmeyer at the Twin Cities Daily Planet uncovered inappropriate attempts at editorial influence by University of Minnesota Vice President Karen Himle.  Vice President Himle left her post within a few months of the "Troubled Waters" release.

The film is well done and covers lots of different ways that farmers and others can mitigate their negative influences on America's greatest river.


Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic (2008, 2009)

posted Aug 18, 2011, 2:18 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 21, 2011, 6:24 AM ]

Author Pamela Weintraub does a very good job of navigating the confusing and conflicting waters of Lyme Disease -- the difficulty getting a diagnosis and proper treatment.  Her family was intimately affected by Lyme and she's able to share the road they traveled as both an insider and a science writer.

Minnesota/Wisconsin and New England are the geographic hot spots for Lyme and other infections spread by ticks.  A must-read for anyone affected by Lyme or suffering from an as-of-yet undiagnosed illness (also just a very well-written non-fiction book that anyone would enjoy).  We have heard from several people in Como that they or their family/friends have been affected by Lyme.

From the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society:  "A groundbreaking investigation into the medical history, patient experience and brutal political war over Lyme disease."

Gasland documentary by Josh Fox (2010)

posted Mar 28, 2011, 2:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 28, 2011, 2:18 PM ]

This is the film that brought us images of lighting tap water on fire in homes in the United States.  Josh explores the natural gas industry and environmental and health impacts related to their "fracking" activities.  The maps he shows of thousands of natural gas wells throughout the country aren't (as of yet) found in Minnesota, but since most of us use natural gas for heating or cooking, we have a responsibility to see what the current natural gas drilling procedures are doing to our fellow Americans.  Once you see and hear their stories, you won't soon forget!  And it doesn't have to be this way - the natural gas industry is harvesting this way because they can and because it maximizes their profits.  Add your voice to the efforts to regulate this industry so our water supplies and our collective health aren't forever compromised.

In addition to being available on DVD, Gasland will be broadcast on HBO through 2012.

Power and Smoke: A Nation Built on Coal (2011)

posted Mar 27, 2011, 5:10 PM by Stephanie Hankerson


This audio-documentary looks at the roots of America's addiction to coal, and shows how our fuel choices changed American culture and history.The production of electricity in America pumps out more greenhouse gases than all of our cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined, and half of our electricity comes from burning coal.

Download the radio program.

The Garden (2008)

posted Mar 24, 2011, 11:54 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 24, 2011, 12:10 PM ]

An Oscar-nominated documentary about the fight to save the country's largest community garden in South Central Los Angeles.  Has a little bit of everything:  ties to the Rodney King beating & riots, the community successfully fighting the building of a garbage burner, City Hall back room deals, celebrity endorsements from Darryl Hannah, Danny Glover, Martin Sheen, Joan Baez, and Rage Against the Machine, political support from Dennis Kucinich and Maxine Waters, soccer fields versus the garden, and an unfortunate pitting of African Americans versus Latinos.  Lots of emotional ups and downs as the story unfolds; the 80 minutes goes by fast!

The Garden

No Impact Man

posted Mar 24, 2011, 11:53 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 24, 2011, 12:15 PM ]

Flow (2008)

posted Mar 24, 2011, 11:50 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 24, 2011, 12:12 PM ]

Documentary featuring experts and activists working on safe drinking water supplies around the world.  Featuring communities in Michigan fighting a water bottling company and activists in South America fighting the Coca Cola Corporation.  Also details how many third world countries are having their water supplies privatized and residents in poverty are being forced to pay exhorbitant fees for access to drinking water.


Everything's Cool

posted Mar 24, 2011, 11:49 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 20, 2011, 12:36 PM ]

"Everything's Cool" in Como Holiday Party

Note - the SECIA office has a copy of this DVD that we can loan out to residents interested in seeing it.

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