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Cooked

by Judith A. Helfand

Cooked looks at the repercussions from the 1995 Chicago heat wave — the most traumatic in U.S. history — and its relationship with Chicago's entrenched poverty, economic and social isolation, and racism.

Cowboys, Indians, & Lawyers

by Julia Dengel

A Western community fights over a massive dam proposed to serve Indian-owned, coal-fired power plants, providing an intimate portrait of American pork barrel politics and Anglo-Indian relations.

Crank: Darkness on the Edge of Town

by Todd Jarrell

Crank is an anatomy of one Tennessee town’s waking nightmare and a nation’s struggle against methamphetamine addiction.

The Creek Runs Red

by Bradley Beesley, James Payne, and Julianna Brannum

The Environmental Protection Agency calls the former lead mining town of Picher, Oklahoma one of the most toxic places in America, but a dwindling population still calls it home. The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to environmental disaster, and the complex connections between people and place.

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Deep Down

by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.

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The Dig

by Bennett Cohen

As the world faces environmental collapse, a group of archaeologists venture into a toxic desert wasteland, determined to unearth a lost civilization. Can this ancient disaster help them avert their own ruin?

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Dirt! The Movie

by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow

Industrial farming, mining and urban development have endangered soil and resulted in cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. How can humans reconnect to dirt — the living skin of the Earth?

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Eating Alabama

by Andrew Beck Grace

A filmmaker turns the camera on himself as he and his wife upend their lives in pursuit of local food, discovering along the way stories about community, sustainability, and identity.

Escape from Affluenza: Living Better on Less

by John de Graaf

A sequel to Affluenza, a documentary which introduced Americans to the national epidemic of rampant consumerism and materialism.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison

by Doug Hawes-Davis

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison tells the rich history of the bison, an American icon of the wild with deep ties to native peoples, which is struggling today to reestablish itself in the Great Plains.

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