Tour stops will take place November 2019 – April 2020

Fill out the form below to program a free environmental film screening on your campus. Planet in Focus will assist each school with the organization of a post-screening discussion with filmmaker or local guest experts to delve deeper into the issues and suggestions for action. Questions? Email




The Whale and the Raven canleaf_small

Mirjam Leuze | Germany, Canada | 2019 | 100 min

With the permission of their hosts from the Gitga’at First Nation, Wray and Meuter have established a base of operations in British Columbia’s Hartley Bay, where they have discovered a marine corridor of unique solitude, its natural silence perfectly suited to sonar-reliant humpbacks and orcas. Or so it seems, until the approval of a natural gas tanker route threatens to disrupt the waters and drive the whales away. At once intimate and majestic, The Whale and the Raven is a multifaceted look at yet another clash between economic and ecological considerations, and the potential ramifications for creatures of all kinds that have made this habitat their home.

This program includes the short film:

Nuuca canleaf_small

Michelle Latimer | Canada | 2017 | 13 min

North Dakota’s recent oil boom has caused the state’s population to double, as workers flock to the region. With this dramatic increase has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sexual violence. On the Fort Berthold Indian reservation in central North Dakota, rates of sexual violence and harassment have increased 168%, with Indigenous women most affected.



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Eating Up Easter

Sergio M. Rapu | Chile, USA | 2018 | 70 min 

Eating up Easter, directed by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the dilemma his people are facing. In their own voices, these Rapanui reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amidst rapid development. A local ecologist leads recycling efforts to tackle the mounting trash arriving with tourists and the waves of plastic washing up on shore. Two musicians struggle to build a free music school they hope will preserve cultural practices and reunite their fractured community. Sergio’s father, formerly the island’s first native Governor, attempts to balance traditions against the advantages of development while building a mini-mall in the island’s only town.

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The River of the Kukamas canleaf_small

Nika Belianina | Peru, Canada | 2018 | 7min

A tranquil filmic journey through Peru’s Amazon basin, a site with rich spiritual and ancestral connections for the Kukama people.





Alexander John Glustrom | United States | 2019 | 75min

When the village of Mossville, Louisiana was founded by former slaves in 1790, it was one of the first settlements of its kind. Once a haven for black families in the South, much of the community has since been rendered a wasteland by the activities of the state’s petrochemical industry. A living embodiment of the effects of environmental racism, lifelong resident Stacey Ryan has watched his birthplace steadily transformed and his neighbours aggressively displaced. Now, his trailer and its plot are a solitary patch of green amid an industrial-scale construction zone. With an apartheid-era South African mining company determined to squeeze him out, Mossville documents his stirring last stand. A nightmarish landscape is the battleground for Stacey’s defiant spirit, as he’s forced to choose between a better life for his son and fighting to preserve his ancestors’ legacy.

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Kewku canleaf_small

Sean Stiller | Canada | 2018 | 10 min

As Shuswap elder Ralph Phillips walks through his territory picking sage, he reveals the sometimes difficult stories of his life that have impacted his journey, beginning with his time at residential school. As he prepares the medicine and cleanses himself, he reveals the ways he came out of abuse and trauma to stand strong in his community.





Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti | Italy | 2018 | 65 min 

Following each link in the worldwide chain of pork production, from the United States to Brazil, Mozambique, and, ultimately, China, this classic investigative documentary surveys the international consequences of Beijing’s growing demand: enormous soybean monocultures in the Brazilian rainforest; lagoons of hog waste threatening water supplies in North Carolina; Mozambican farmers coerced and displaced. A market once driven by local producers has been transformed by industrial conglomerates controlling feed production, livestock rearing, slaughterhouses, and distribution, revealing that pork’s calamitous social and ecological by-products are only likely to escalate.

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Mnoomin canleaf_small

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.



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Point of No Return

Quinn Kanaly & Noel Dockstader | USA | 2017 | 95 min

Two Swiss pilots, an engineer and entrepreneur, took on the groundbreaking feat of flying the world’s first solar powered plane around the world. A delicate machine, vulnerable to the slightest of changes in weather, the “Solar Impulse” takes them on a risky and unpredictable flight. Inspiring in its portrayal of human determination and imagination, the film beautifully demonstrates what renewable energy has to offer for the future of air travel but also makes us wonder how much more we can achieve on land.

This program includes the short film:

The Sun on Top of the House canleaf_small

Farhan Umedaly | Canada | 2018 |  14 min

Via British Columbia’s largest community solar project, the Haida people have reclaimed control of their sacred lands and become leaders in renewable energy.



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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes canleaf_small

Alison Reid | Canada | 2018 | 81 min

In 1956, Canadian scientist Anne Innis Dagg went where no biologist had ever gone before—to study the behaviour of giraffes in the wilds of South Africa. But in the early 1970s, Dagg’s academic aspirations were dealt stunning blows by universities in Guelph and Waterloo that denied tenure to the leading giraffologist in the world because, quite simply, she was a woman. Talented and resourceful, Dagg became a leading feminist writer for decades and it was only in 2010 that a distinguished group of giraffologists brought her back into the fold.

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For the Love of Salmon canleaf_small

Jan Vozenilek Canada | 2018 | 8 min 

Stl’atl’imx First Nations mother Keely Weget-Whitney swims 60 kilometers in the brisk Fraser River to bring awareness of the plight of the salmon to British Columbia’s establishment.

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