Tour stops will take place between January 22nd – March 30th, 2018

PiF has partnered with Alternatives Journal to bring 10 member schools access to free film programs making stops from coast to coast.

Planet in Focus will assist each school with the organization of a post-screening discussion with filmmaker as well as local guest experts and academics to delve deeper into the issues and suggestions for action. Our goal is to entertain, engage and inspire audiences to make positive changes.

Please fill out the application below to register for a screening. Questions? Email



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Aube Giroux | Canada | 2017 | 86 min 

Modified is steeped in love: for a parent, for food, for health and for people. In a film spanning nine years, director Aube Giroux canvasses various citizen led movements across the world who are fighting to label foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In order to delve into the debate, Aube interviews scientists, and politicians on both sides of the argument.

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Alex Fox | Canada | 2015 | 6 min

This short film documents the traditional Indigenous methods of harvesting and processing Mnoomin (the Anishinaabemowin word for wild rice) on the Wikwemikong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario.



Dream Empire 

David Borenstein | China | 2016 | 73 min

Between 2012 and 2014, more concrete was poured in China than had been used in the US throughout the entire 20th century. More surreal still is how the resulting properties were marketed – foreigners were Best International Feature Laurelsrecruited virtually at random, stuffed into kitschy costumes, and made to perform for potential investors, their exotic appearances expected to lend the construction projects an air of global sophistication. Read More

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Kalli Anderson & Zachary Finkelstein | Canada | 2016 |  17 min

As many as a million birds slam into Toronto office towers each year. One woman has made their safety her mission.




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David Lavallee | Canada | 2016 | TV version: 55 min, Theatrical: 83 min 

Having explored the risks to western Canada’s waterways created by the Alberta oil sands in White Water, Black Gold (a Planet in Focus selection in 2011), filmmaker David Lavallee now turns his attention to the wider impact of oil and gas extraction in the “new energy” age. Read More

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Craig Norris | Canada | 2016 | 29 min

Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from a small East African Island called Pemba. Nearly ten years ago he visited a tiny neighboring islet called Kokota and he was shocked by what he saw. Kokomo was teetering towards collapse and Mbarouk knew climate change and deforestation were the culprits. Innovative technology and community support are key to this sustainable island’s survival.



Death by Design

Sue Williams | USA/China | 2016 | 73 min 

Director Sue Williams surveys the tech industry’s long history of haphazard attitudes towards hazardous materials, from the high rate of cancer among IBM employees in the ‘70s and ‘80s to the contemporary complaints of workers at Foxconn, Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner. Read More

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Cat Mills | Canada | 2016 | 14 min

At Toronto’s volunteer-run Repair Café, beloved but broken items are given a new lease on life, dodging the landfill and delighting their owners.


A Time To Swim

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Ashley Duong | Canada | 2017 | 82 min 

In the suburbs of Montreal, Mutang is a stay-at-home dad. But in Malaysia, he was a voice of resistance for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak. A TIME TO SWIM follows Mutang as he returns home for the first time since his exile in 1992. The remote forest village, however, is not like he remembers it. A TIME TO SWIM explores the effects of environmental destruction on the fabric of a community through the personal story of Mutang’s search for belonging in a place where the very ideas of home and heritage are slipping away. Read More

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Sean Stiller | Canada | 2017 | 10 min

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Shuswap territory, a community elder speaks of his traumatic life experience, and of the healing he’s experienced via medicinal sage.



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Chanda Chevannes Canada/USA | 2017 |  93 min 

Scientist, writer, cancer survivor and long-time eco-activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber is the subject of Chanda Best Canadian FeatureChevannes’ uplifting film Unfractured. A resident of upstate New York, where she has taught at Cornell University and Ithaca College, Steingraber’s focus has been on getting governments to outlaw fracking. Chevannes follows her as she makes speeches, plans strategy with other activists and gets arrested protesting “the industrialization of the Finger Lakes.”

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Sea of Life canleaf_small

Julia Barnes | Canada | 2017 | 88 min

Inspired by Rob Stewart’s Revolution, young filmmaker Julia Barnes embarks on an epic journey around the world to save the ecosystems we depend on for survival, as we come closer to causing a mass extinction in the oceans.

Sea of Life leads audiences through the stunning world of coral reefs into the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.

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Scott Dobson Canada | 2017 | 16 min 

In Peterborough, Ontario, the Kawartha Turtle Hospital brings its shell-dwelling patients back from the brink, aided by the reptiles’ remarkable powers of recovery.




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