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CitiesCities    View Trailer
Is "sustainable cities" an oxymoron or can they be made to work?
The City DarkThe City Dark    View Trailer
The definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.
Company TownCompany Town    View Trailer
A grassroots movement challenges Citizens United, corporate power, and moguls of the "sharing economy" to stop gentrification and wrest back control of San Francisco's future.
Crips and Bloods: Made in AmericaCrips and Bloods: Made in America    View Trailer
Chronicles the decades-long cycle of destruction and despair that defines modern gang culture in South LA.
DetropiaDetropia    View Trailer
A vivid portrait of Detroit, America's first major post-industrial city, as it struggles to deal with the consequences of a broken economic system.
Edens Lost and FoundEdens Lost and Found    View Trailer
4-part series that highlights models for urban transformation in the effort to make Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Seattle into sustainable cities.
The Human ScaleThe Human Scale    View Trailer
Influential Danish architect Jan Gehl argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.
The New MetropolisThe New Metropolis    View Trailer
Two short documentaries highlight the efforts of some of America's first suburbs to reverse their long decline.
Racing To ZeroRacing To Zero    View Trailer
Follows San Francisco's innovative efforts towards achieving zero waste, thereby dramatically reducing the city's carbon footprint.
Stay or Go?Stay or Go?    View Trailer
Who will grow China's food as young people leave the countryside for the cities?
The Suzuki Diaries: Future CityThe Suzuki Diaries: Future City    View Trailer
David and Sarika Suzuki explore urban innovations leading toward sustainability.
Tokyo WakaTokyo Waka    View Trailer
A poem about a city, its people, and 20,000 crows.
Truck FarmTruck Farm    View Trailer
Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.
Truck FarmTruck Farm    View Trailer
Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.
The Water FrontThe Water Front    View Trailer
In Highland Park, MI an unelected, state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager with quasi dictatorial authority sees water privatization as key to economic recovery.
We Are Not GhostsWe Are Not Ghosts    View Trailer
Detroiters are reinventing the old Motor City as a vibrant new self-sustaining and human-scaled city for a post industrial world.
Weather Gone WildWeather Gone Wild    View Trailer
From floating neighborhoods to massive harbor floodgates, cities around the world are engineering ways to cope with extreme weather events.
Aboriginal Architecture    View Trailer
New structures in seven North American Native communities that reinterpret traditional forms for contemporary purposes.

Ageing with Community    View Trailer
The search for community and independence as we grow old.

The Air We Breathe    View Trailer
Connects asthma and other respiratory diseases with air pollution and suburban sprawl.

Argentina: Hope in Hard Times    View Trailer
The Argentine people, in the face of economic collapse, provide a hopeful example for the rest of us.

Argentina: Turning Around    View Trailer
An intimate view of new models of work, politics and community development in Argentina.

Arid Lands    View Trailer
A moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West, the area around the Hanford Site in Washington State.

The Barcelona Blueprint    View Trailer
Barcelona today is a model of urban planning that may prove sustainable.

Beyond Organic    View Trailer
A model of community supported agriculture in the midst of suburban sprawl.

Big or Small?    View Trailer
What's the best method of growing food for a hungry population of 9.5 billion people: Big, or small?

Biker Boys of the Dirt Island    View Trailer
In Nairobi's Korogocho slum, a group of former thieves trying to go straight now provide an informal motorcycle taxi service.

Blue Vinyl    View Trailer
Filmmakers Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold use humor and chutzpah in their search for the environmental truth about vinyl.

Blue Vinyl (Short Version)    View Trailer
Filmmakers Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold use humor and chutzpah in their search for the environmental truth about vinyl.

The Boundaries of Change    View Trailer
Cities cope with changing demographics.

Build Green    View Trailer
David Suzuki reports on a wide range of green buildings, from large community developments to mini-homes.

Chávez Ravine    View Trailer
Don Normark's haunting photographs bring back to life a Mexican American village razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.

Cities    View Trailer
Is "sustainable cities" an oxymoron or can they be made to work?

The City Dark    View Trailer
The definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

City Life    View Trailer
22-part series examining the effect of globalization on people and cities worldwide.

City Life    View Trailer
Explores Sao Paolo in introduction to series examining the effects of globalization on people and cities.

Collision Course    View Trailer
Reviews the positive steps being taken in India and Brazil to confront the serious public health issue presented by traffic accidents.

Come Hell or High Water    View Trailer
When the graves of former slaves are bulldozed in Mississippi, a native son returns to protect the community they settled.

Community - Planet Neighborhood    View Trailer
Community regeneration, energy-efficient design, and waste water treatment.

Community by Design    View Trailer
Good design of houses and neighborhoods builds community.

Company Town    View Trailer
A grassroots movement challenges Citizens United, corporate power, and moguls of the "sharing economy" to stop gentrification and wrest back control of San Francisco's future.

A Crack in the Pavement    View Trailer
2-part series on how greening school grounds improves not only the school, but the surrounding community.

Crips and Bloods: Made in America    View Trailer
Chronicles the decades-long cycle of destruction and despair that defines modern gang culture in South LA.

Cultivating Change    View Trailer
Garden tour that proves that growing food can be an avenue to social change.

Designing A Great Neighborhood    View Trailer
A model co-housing project, where future residents participate in the design of their own neighborhood.

Detropia    View Trailer
A vivid portrait of Detroit, America's first major post-industrial city, as it struggles to deal with the consequences of a broken economic system.

Digging In    View Trailer
Jesse Ketchum School greens their schoolyard.

Doing the Right Thing    View Trailer
Porto Alegre, Brazil has benefited from urban revitalization.

Edens Lost and Found    View Trailer
4-part series that highlights models for urban transformation in the effort to make Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Seattle into sustainable cities.

Edens Lost and Found - Chicago    View Trailer
City Hall and grass roots groups in Chicago are working on open space, green buildings and an educated citizenry to create a sustainable city.

Edens Lost and Found - Los Angeles    View Trailer
Is it possible that the City of the Angels can be a model for the world of environmental rebirth?

Edens Lost and Found - Philadelphia    View Trailer
Faced with severe budget limitations, Philadelphia's rebirth is being brought about by a network of community-based volunteer organizations.

Edens Lost and Found - Seattle    View Trailer
Recognizing that the human community is growing faster than the aging infrastructure, the city of Seattle created an Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Fat or Skinny?    View Trailer
The people of India are faced with a choice: indulge in a Western-style fast food diet, or embrace healthy and indigenous alternatives.

A Fistful of Rice    View Trailer
Protein deficiency threatens generations of children in Nepal.

For Richer, For Poorer    View Trailer
In Brazil the gulf between the rich and the poor is one of the biggest in the world.

From Docklands to Dhaka    View Trailer
English MD travels to Bangladesh to improve community health.

Future Food    View Trailer
With 9 billion people on planet Earth in the year 2050, this 6-part series examines how we will feed ourselves in the 21st century.

Game Over:    View Trailer
Explores the changing face of conservation in Kenya.

God Among the Children    View Trailer
Community organization works with at-risk youth in Boston.

The Golf War    View Trailer
Globalization comes to a Philippine seaside community, which has to defend its ancestral lands against golf course development.

Good Food    View Trailer
An intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest.

The Greening of Southie    View Trailer
The story of Boston's first LEED-certified residential green building, and the people who made it possible.

Growing Dreams    View Trailer
An inspirational overview of school ground greening.

Growing Season    View Trailer
Horticulture dramatically improves prisoners' attitudes.

The Hand That Feeds    View Trailer
Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma López unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain.

Helping Ourselves!    View Trailer
In India, two community projects help people move out of poverty and gain control of their lives.

Holy Smoke    View Trailer
Buddhist monks lead anti-tobacco campaign in Cambodia.

How Green Is My Valley?    View Trailer
Documents efforts to revitalize the polluted, impoverished communities in the former coal and steel producing valleys of South Wales.

The Human Scale    View Trailer
Influential Danish architect Jan Gehl argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

I.M. PEI    View Trailer
Architect I.M. Pei returns to his home city of Suzhou, China to build a modern museum that complements the architecture of the 2,500 year-old city and sets a course for modern Chinese architecture.

In The Wake of War    View Trailer
A burgeoning grassroots peace movement in Burundi is aimed at ending civil war between Tutsis and Hutus.

Islas Hermanas    View Trailer
Ometepe, Nicaragua, and Bainbridge Island near Seattle work together for a better life for both communities.

It Takes a Village    View Trailer
A cyclone in Bangladesh results in the construction of an experimental community health center.

Kabul Transit    View Trailer
A street-level documentary that explores the soul of a city devastated by nearly three decades of war.

Kosovo: Rebuilding the Dream    View Trailer
Assesses the success of UN efforts in rebuilding Kosovo.

Life 8    View Trailer
A new 16-part series about the effects of globalization on people around the world, and the difficult choices they face.

Lines in the Dust    View Trailer
In revolutionary programs in Northern Ghana and India, gender roles are challenged, and illiterate adults educated.

Livable Landscapes    View Trailer
How growth and sprawl affect the quality of life in New England, and some possible solutions.

The Long March    View Trailer
Community in Chengdu, China has organized to clean-up polluted river.

A Lot in Common (Short Version)    View Trailer
A community garden grows community as well as food, flowers and consciousness.

A Lot in Common    View Trailer
A community garden grows community as well as food, flowers and consciousness.

Making Shelter    View Trailer
Co-ops and co-housing provide new models for building community.

Maps with Teeth    View Trailer
Bioregional mapping by locals communicates a sense of place and regional identity.

Milking the Rhino    View Trailer
The promise of community-based conservation in Africa.

My Hanoi    View Trailer
Tour of rapidly urbanizing Hanoi, and the effect on citizens and culture.

My Mother Built This House    View Trailer
Large homeless contingent in South Africa has organized to build houses for each other.

Near or Far?    View Trailer
The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture wants to ensure Nigerians eat food grown in Nigeria.

The New Metropolis    View Trailer
Two short documentaries highlight the efforts of some of America's first suburbs to reverse their long decline.

The Next Industrial Revolution    View Trailer
Architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart bring together ecology and human design.

No Umbrella    View Trailer
An unblinking look at the 2004 US Election Day failures in one of Ohio's poorest neighborhoods.

Nottingham Lace    View Trailer
With unemployment figures rising across Europe, is there still a place for the niche craft skills of Cluny Lace in the U.K.'s East Midlands?

Old or New?    View Trailer
In Lima, Peru, a new generation of top chefs are cooking with traditional ingredients and supporting traditional livelihoods.

On the Road    View Trailer
RV owners leave their home towns and build their own communities.

The Other Side    View Trailer
Poor Mexicans attempt perilous border crossing to US, often at the expense of family, traditional culture, and their lives.

Pavements of Gold    View Trailer
Increase in urban poverty and population, caused by globalization, threatens Peruvians.

Poison in the Rockies    View Trailer
Threats to water quality in the Colorado Rockies.

Racing To Zero    View Trailer
Follows San Francisco's innovative efforts towards achieving zero waste, thereby dramatically reducing the city's carbon footprint.

Reaching Out to the Grassroots    View Trailer
Education and community-driven development combat poverty in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

The Real Leap Forward    View Trailer
Reports on China's successful efforts to reduce poverty through sustainable development and targeted programs.

Reclaiming Community    View Trailer
Communities in Toronto and Oakland take back and revitalize public spaces.

Reel to Real: Holding Our Ground    View Trailer
International efforts to assure reproductive health and rights conflict with cultural realities in the Philippines, Latvia, Japan, and India.

ReInventing The World    View Trailer
Three 50-minute programs on creating sustainable cities, food systems, and lifestyles.

The Return of the Cuyahoga    View Trailer
The story of the death and rebirth of one of America's most emblematic waterways.

Return to Srebrenica    View Trailer
Survivors of the massacre in Srebrenica struggle to heal their community and build a new future.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns    View Trailer
Examines the causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns (Classroom Version)    View Trailer
Examines the causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.

Scent of the Streets    View Trailer
Nigeria has had some success in getting more women into government and business. But what about in the crowded and often violent slums of Lagos?

School's Out!    View Trailer
The private school option in a Lagos shantytown.

Seeing is Believing    View Trailer
Zambia begins a nationwide program to deliver Vitamin A to its population.

Slum Futures    View Trailer
The slums of Mumbai are an important microcosm of how slums are developing around the world.

Stay or Go?    View Trailer
Who will grow China's food as young people leave the countryside for the cities?

Store Wars    View Trailer
Looks at the impact on a small town when Wal-Mart plans to build a mega-store there.

Street Fight    View Trailer
Tells the gripping story of the race for mayor of Newark, N.J., where elections are won and lost in the streets.

Subdivide and Conquer    View Trailer
Suburban sprawl: causes and remedies.

Subdivide and Conquer (Short Version)    View Trailer
Suburban sprawl -- causes and remedies.

The Suzuki Diaries: Future City    View Trailer
David and Sarika Suzuki explore urban innovations leading toward sustainability.

this black soil    View Trailer
Chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, VA, to pursue a new vision of prosperity.

Together Against Violence    View Trailer
Poor Jamaican community overcomes violence.

Tokyo Waka    View Trailer
A poem about a city, its people, and 20,000 crows.

Trees in Trouble    View Trailer
The first film to document how a city responds to the imminent tree crisis caused by invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer.

Truck Farm    View Trailer
Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.

Truck Farm    View Trailer
Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.

Valley at the Crossroads    View Trailer
The battle over sprawl in California's Central Valley, where 50% of America's fruits, nuts, and vegetables are grown.

Virtually Intentional    View Trailer
Finding community in the cloister, a commune, and in cyberspace.

The Wasting of a Wetland    View Trailer
The destruction of the Florida Everglades.

Water and the Human Spirit - Program One    View Trailer
Communities solving their own water problems.

Water and the Human Spirit - Program Two    View Trailer
Farmers and communities solving their own water problems.

The Water Front    View Trailer
In Highland Park, MI an unelected, state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager with quasi dictatorial authority sees water privatization as key to economic recovery.

We Are Not Ghosts    View Trailer
Detroiters are reinventing the old Motor City as a vibrant new self-sustaining and human-scaled city for a post industrial world.

Weather Gone Wild    View Trailer
From floating neighborhoods to massive harbor floodgates, cities around the world are engineering ways to cope with extreme weather events.

Weather Report    View Trailer
A report from the front lines of climate change in Kenya, India, Canada, the Arctic, China, and Montana where people's lives have already been dramatically altered.

Where Am I?    View Trailer
Why are some of us good at finding our way, while others are not? The latest findings in spatial cognition research have multiple implications including for urban planning and design.


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