Every academic semester, Climate Commons screens a collection of documentaries surrounding the theme of climate change. Here, you will find all of the films we have featured in our series as well as some that we wanted to, but did not include.
Issues of climate change are not separate from racism. “Remember Africville” discloses issues of environmental racism, segregation, relocation, intergenerational trauma, and systemic oppression against Black communities in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Showcasing the resiliency of Black community leaders and members, this documentary discusses the physical and figurative toxicity seeping from white supremacist institutions.
Global neoliberal capitalist institutions including the World Bank and Inter-American Developmental Bank have been responsible for the injustices against Indigenous lands and communities. With the involvement of paramilitary units and the Guatemalan state, Chixoy hydroelectric dam project involved the displacement, dispossession, and massacre of hundreds of Indigenous Mayan Achi peoples. This documentary highlights issues of land contamination, loss of water, damages caused by the dam, and subsequent effects of colonialism. Survivors and other community members continue to fight for sovereignty and their lands through traditional and sacred practices.
Reporting on the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and Wet’suwet’en Nation, Invasion highlights the criminalization of land defenders and Indigenous communities that have been fighting for sovereignty and self-determination. Centered on criticisms of the colonial Canadian government and associated corporations, this film illustrates the resilience of the Indigenous rights movements, including anti-pipeline movements across the country.
Based on the book by Ingrid R. G. Waldron, this documentary explores the socio-environmental impacts of Canadian structures, specifically in Nova Scotia. With an emphasis on environmental racism, agents in this documentary illustrate how the oppression of Black and Indigenous bodies is tied to issues relating to waste management, sourcing of water, access to healthcare, and housing.
The fossil fuel industry remains to be one of the most environmentally destructive sectors. This film explores the technicalities behind the effects of extractive practices, while also linking them to social justice issues.