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Documentaries can expose us to new worlds and change the way we think about our current reality. In this episode, we’re exploring the genre of environmental documentaries.
Elise takes a look at Grizzly Man, Tiger King, and our patriarchal obsession with large wild animals. Then Olivia looks back on THE climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and how it paved the way for what we’ve seen since.
Other topics include the hockey stick graph, Euphoria, and nature not loving you back.
Story #1: Tiger King, Grizzly Man, and Hegemonic Masculinity (Elise)
‘Grizzly Man’ at 15: Werner Herzog and the Filmmaking Team Look Back on the Doc Sensation, Indie Wire, Aug 2020
The Exotic Enthralls: Comparing Pre-modern Colonization with Present-day Exotic Pet Keeping, Animals and Society, Winter 2016
Wildlife Crime: A Crime of Hegemonic Masculinity?, MDPI, May 2020
A Conservationist’s Guide to “Tiger King”: Keep Wildlife in the Wild, EcoWatch, April 2020
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Responds to “Tiger King” Docuseries, April 2020
Grizzly Love: The Queer Ecology of Timothy Treadwell, A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, October 2012
A brief history of the global exotic pet trade, World Animal Protection, October 2018
Bonus: An Indigenous approach to bear conservation
Indigenous input helps save wayward grizzly bear from summary killing, The Guardian, April 2020
Story #2: An Inconvenient Truth (Olivia)
Earth Day and the Hockey Stick: A Singular Message, Michael E. Mann, Scientific American, April 20, 2018
The legacy of “An Inconvenient Truth,” explained by 16 really smart people, Grist, May 2016
An Oral History of “An Inconvenient Truth,” Grist, May 2016
An Inconvenient Truth, Wikipedia
Adam McKay on Volts and How to Save a Planet
Further reading we didn’t get to cover:
An inconvenient truth? Can a film really affect psychological mood and our explicit attitudes towards climate change? Beattie, Geoffrey & Sale, Laura & Mcguire, Laura. Semiotica, 2011.
Framing the World : Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film
Cinema Wars : Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era
An Inconvenient Truth about an Inconvenient Truth, The Conversation, August 2017
We didn’t even get into how political polarization has delayed climate action and how Al Gore’s role as a prominent Democratic politician might have impacted the way we look at climate change. In the film he says explicitly that global warming “is not so much a political issue, but a moral issue.” And the original poster quotes Fox News:
Climate documentary watchlist
- Blue Vinyl
- To The End
- The Hottest August
- A Short Film About Ice
- To Calm the Pig Inside
- An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
- Fordlandia Malaise and Beyond Fordlandia
- No Impact Man
- Youth Unstoppable
- The Breakdown
- … and so many more! DC Environmental Film Festival, Waterbear, and the DOC NYC Weekend Watch newsletter are great places to find more.
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