Lehman College Environmental Sustainability Films at Leonard Lief Library
Eco-cinema is the emerging sub-genre of documentary film exploring the (often negative) impacts human activity has on the environment. Like any documentary, the purpose is to educate audience members on the issues and spur them into positive behavioral change. The best eco-cinema (or any documentary) films present accurate interpretations of environmental phenomena supported by scientifically proven facts.
Films about environmental sustainability cover a lot of territory, often incorporating many different topics of environmental sustainability in a single film. These films almost always include social justice and political aspects of environmental sustainability.
A thoughtfully-curated, growing collection of eco-cinema films is housed in the Leonard Lief Library film collection. Below is a listing of the films and their collection numbers. These films can be borrowed from the Library with a valid Lehman College ID card.
- Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008), Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, Directors. Number in DVD collection: 430.
- Gasland (2010), written and directed by Josh Fox. Number: 429.
- Bag It: Is your life too plastic? (2010), Suzan Beraza, Director. Number: 414
- Food, Inc. (2008), Robert Kenner, Director. Numbers: 364, 400 (2 copies).
- Flow: How did a handful of corporations steal our water? (2008), Irena Salina, Director. Number: 339.
- An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Davis Guggenheim, Director. Number: 269.
- When the Levees Broke (2006), Spike Lee, Director. Number 146.
- No Impact Man (2009), Colin Beavan, Director. Number: 578.
- Dive! Living off America’s Waste (2009), Jeremy Seifert, Director. Number: 538.
- Plastic Planet (2009), Werner Boote, Director. Number: 537.
- Food Beware: the French (Organic) Revolution (2008), Jean-Paul Jaud, Director. Number: 536.
- A Place at the Table (2012), Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, Directors. Number: 476.
- Supermarkets, Inc.: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine (2011), Tyler Mathisen, Director. Number: 467.
- Sun Came Up: the story of the worlds first climate change refugees (2011), Jennifer Redfearn, Director. Number: 455.