Documentaries

Albatross

Albatross. Beneath these beautiful messengers of wind and ocean looms a threat increasingly recognized worldwide: pollution by plastic. Faithful predators of prey found in surface waters, albatrosses are not evolutionarily adapted to discern the plastic of a floating jellyfish. Confident of the safety of their fishing, they feed their chicks, which end up paying the price for our excessive consumption and our disconnection from the natural environment. In the documentary the drama is served by witnessing the suffering of these animals, finding, however, a perfect balance between the praise of the beauty of the species and their struggle for survival. Filmed in an extraordinary way, Chris Jordan and his team give us in this work of art the life of the albatross with images that make us feel the emotions on the surface. It is more than to thank the decision to keep their work for free so that it…

Congo Tribunal

Imagine one of the most resource-rich countries in the world. I now inform you that it has been under the yoke of poverty, human exploitation and violence for decades. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, history keeps repeating itself. Unable to have a minimum of human security and dignity, the people of the Congo do not ask for much more than any other human being, to have a voice, to be heard and to have dignified and moral justice applied. Congo Tribunal led by Milo Rau was created to meet part of this need of the people of Congo and to give visibility to the problem. For this purpose, a mock trial is simulated in the Congo itself with the aim of allowing those who have been victims of the violation of any of their rights to expose their situation and a verdict can be issued as a result.…

Death by design

Excessively intoxicated with technology is found in a large part of the world’s population. Attractive gadgets that feel like staples in our lives leave a devastating trail of consumption on people’s health and the environment. In Death by Design, Sue Williams shows us the painful social and environmental face of the electronics industry. The exacerbated demand for electronic devices, fuelled by their fashions, new models and the social need for status and updating, gives fuel to a great global problem that falls heavily on the most vulnerable and the environment, that always great forgotten. Being critical and responsible consumers with a more global and holistic vision about the world and its interrelations is fundamental to make it a better place.

The way to school

Those fortunate enough, like me, to have enjoyed the privilege of access to education, may unfortunately not be able to appreciate or be sufficiently grateful for the luck we have had. They say that nothing should ever be taken for granted, because although we see access to education as a fundamental right for every child, millions of children around the world do not have that opportunity. Because of their family circumstances, lack of resources or logistical incompatibility among other reasons, they are pressured by the need to help out at home, to look for work to bring in income or to take care of other responsibilities. This makes their access to education impossible or forces them to abandon it at a very early age. In this moving documentary, Pascal Plisson shows us the path that four children have to face in order to get to school, each one with his…

The price of progress

Food is one of the fundamental pillars on which our impact on the planet revolves and is at the heart of a large number of human rights violations. How the land is treated and food is grown, in which regions or areas the plantations are exploited, which varieties are handled, which tools and products are used for this and how they are distributed undoubtedly affect our ecosystems and the health of us all. Victor Luengo, through his documentary “The Price of Progress”, shows us the different faces and actors involved in the agro-food sector and how, on many occasions, the economic interests of large multinationals prevail over the well-being of human beings. By applying common sense and being more aware and critical consumers we can promote an agriculture more in line with sustainability, that is, we will contribute to make this world a better place.

Chasing Coral

The decline of coral reefs is palpable throughout the world. A group of scientists is exposing their dramatic situation and making a global call for awareness and action to preserve these fascinating creatures. They are, without a doubt, one of the most incredible ecosystems we have on our planet. They overflow with life everywhere, they create that great life and the existence of all that life depends on them. They are volcanoes of biodiversity in surprisingly small areas, which has allowed even millions of human beings to feed on the fish they support. Not only do they provide us with food, but, among many other things, they also act as a physical barrier against destructive natural elements such as tsunamis. Despite all this, coral reefs have been damaged for decades by abusive and destructive fishing techniques, such as trawling, which ravage the entire sea floor. On the other hand, despite…

In pursuit of silence

What are the impacts on our lives of a world full of noise and where we no longer know how to stop and be silent? Society is governed by speed and distraction. Unfortunately, there is a predominance of admiration for those lives that are better adapted to these new existential mantras. But what if we dared to see it from the opposite point of view? What if those who are most dizzying and tireless were the ones who are most afraid of living? What if their actions were motivated by the path of escape from themselves? I too believe that excessive noise, both external and internal, is the cause of a large part of our problems. I experience it daily and it is something I have to face with perseverance and awareness to remind myself that I am moving away from myself at these times. As documentary filmmaker Patrick Shen…

Fragile balance

From the successful Tokyo to the horror created at the fence at the entrance to Europe in Morocco; the inconsistencies of society are suffered by people all over the world. Humanity continues to drag the same cobwebs it faced centuries ago. Poverty, inequality, injustice or greed resonate strongly in our history, being common to many of the cultures in which our species has supported its development and evolution. Fragile balance is a documentary directed by Guillermo García López in which the words of the former president of Uruguay, José Mujica, echo and analyze the rawness and realism of the images in the film. Human lives exposed to extreme situations often question the meaning of life and their own personal experiences. It is a profound analysis of the ultimate purpose of society and the value that is hidden in life itself. It prompts us to question what is really essential, common…

Ghost Fleet

Would you believe if I told you that millions of people around the world are suffering from horrific conditions of slavery around the fishing industry right now? What if I told you that you probably eat that fish and seafood? Patima Tungpuchayakul is a Thai activist who fights and risks her life for freedom and to restore the rights of all those men enslaved by powerful fishing companies. Stripped of all human dignity and subjected to conditions that are hard to imagine, these men and their families pay the price of a society lacking in values and the great inequalities that sadly still reign. In this documentary we can accompany Patima and her team and witness a little more in person the harshness of reality along with the strength that lies in Patima’s goal, in her own words: to make this world a better place.

Happy

What makes us really happy? Surrounding ourselves with quality relationships, enjoying a good self-esteem and getting excited about a vital purpose seem to be some of the keys. Everyone seems to be clear about this, for many their goal in life is to be happy. However, each one at an individual level adapts the term to their personal objectives: some focus on money, others on beauty, others on social status, others on fame, others on knowledge… What’s most important to you? Most of us agree that having good emotional and physical health and spending quality time with those we love are among our highest priorities. So it’s surprising that we often spend much less time and attention on them than on other activities we consider more superfluous. It is even more surprising how little is reflected in what we value most in our daily lives. The protagonists of the documentary…

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