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Documentary short: Carnivorous Plants

Documentary short: Carnivorous Plants


Carnivorous Plants intimately details the biology, history and life of one of the worlds strangest plants: the Venus flytrap. Perfectly adapted to it’s region, which only spans a 70-mile radius in Southeastern North Carolina.


Its uniqueness comes at a price, though. Rapid land development is destroying habitats suitable for this plant, and it is recognized by the state as an endangered species. Time may be running out for this amazing plant, and the time to act to save it is now.

Directed by Sam Draper
Cinematography by Brayden Roberge
Sound by Julia Morris and Chase Tharington
Camera Assistant Cole Secura
Interviews with Jessica Roach and Christopher Helms
Archives from William-Randall Library
Archivist Rebecca Baugnon

Special Thanks to Rebecca Baugnon, NC State Parks and UNCW



What to Watch on Waterbear this week

What to Watch on Waterbear this week


Waterbear Network is a free online film-streaming service, which has partnered with more than 80 charities and NGOs around the world — will shine a spotlight on the most critical issues facing the planet today. 


ReDress the Future

Since all new clothing, no matter how well it is made, will always have some sort of impact on the planet, simply buying less is the most responsible action an individual can take. We all know, however, that even the most well made clothes don’t last forever, as well as the fact that not only do our tastes change but so do our bodies, so sometimes what we have in our wardrobes just doesn’t quite cut it. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean we need to resort to buying brand new clothes.

This episode will explore not only the burgeoning second hand clothing industry, in particular new apps that allow people to buy and sell used clothing from their own home, but the more traditional concept of repairing or altering our own well-loved items of clothing. Because when it comes to sustainable fashion, forget buying something new, let’s just make the most of what we already have!


The True Cost

The True Cost is a ground­break­ing doc­u­men­tary film that pulls back the cur­tain on an untold sto­ry and asks us to con­sid­er, who real­ly pays the price for our clothing?

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.


Refugia

Through a pos­i­tive lens, Liana Cor­nell, acti­vates her inescapable urge to do more, and gains a deep­er under­stand­ing of the cur­rent crises in nature, and the peo­ple devot­ed to pre­vent­ing them.

A Refugia is a place of refuge where species survive through crisis.

More than ever, now is the time to recognize and support those committed to the protection and preservation of these Refugia.

It is in the everyday that we find our true heroes now, those who are focused on the betterment of our place here on earth.

Through a positive lens, Liana Cornell, activates her inescapable urge to do more, and gains a deeper understanding of the current crises in nature, and the people devoted to preventing them.

From the perspective of the five elements present in every living thing – earth, air, fire, water, spirit – Refugia reveals the good work undertaken by unsung heroes, communities and companies, dedicated to nurturing nature, and preserving these pockets of protection.

Cinematically stunning, bold, personal and evocative, Refugia illuminates their rewarding stories, and inspires us to realize that we are the solution. When we react with action, we unite in a compassionate, global collective creating continuing, constructive change.

To do so is in our nature… and our nature is in us.



What to Watch on Waterbear this week

What to Watch on Waterbear this week


Waterbear Network is a free online film-streaming service, which has partnered with more than 80 charities and NGOs around the world — will shine a spotlight on the most critical issues facing the planet today. 


Mahout: The Great Elephant Walk

Ma·hout /​məˈhaʊt noun: (in India and South East Asia) a per­son who works with, rides and tends an ele­phant. The remark­able bond between ele­phant and mahout is built on many years of trust, a tra­di­tion span­ning centuries.

The remarkable bond between elephant and mahout is built on many years of trust, a tradition spanning centuries. In parts of Asia today, mahouts continue to dedicate their lives to caring for these intelligent, awe-inspiring creatures. Mahout – The Great Elephant Walk follows the story of ex-London city worker, now-eco lodge owner Tim Edwards, who needs to relocate four elephants and their mahouts between two national parks in southern Nepal. But walking some of the largest land animals in existence across one of the most densely populated regions on Earth is no simple task. The expedition must overcome teeming cities, searing heat, monsoon rains, and untamed jungle. On this epic journey, we get a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of the Mahouts, experiencing first-hand the extraordinary relationship between man and elephant.


Shade Grown Coffee

Shade Grown Cof­fee is the inspir­ing sto­ry about how grow­ing cof­fee in the shade of native trees can have a pos­i­tive impact on local com­mu­ni­ties, defor­esta­tion and biodiversity.

Shade Grown Coffee is the inspiring story about how growing coffee in the shade of native trees in the tropics can have a truly positive impact on local communities, halt deforestation and protect critical habitat for wildlife – all while giving your daily dose of caffeine a better aftertaste. Get insight into the coffee-making process, all the way from harvesting the ripe cherries to preparing the perfect cup of coffee and hear from passionate coffee farmers, roasters and baristas from around the world how we can all enjoy a more sustainable cup and a brighter tomorrow. A doc for coffee enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, Shade Grown Coffee aims to deepen the viewers’ understanding of their roles as consumers and appreciation of their next cup of coffee.


Defenders of the Deep

An inspir­ing sto­ry of the per­son­al resilience it takes for a life lived on the front­line of con­ser­va­tion activism.

Greenpeace boat driver, Jetske Nagtglas, recounts her experiences fighting whaling in Antarctica and her unique encounters with the animals she’s saving.


Lost World

As Sin­ga­pore dredges sand out from beneath Cam­bo­di­a’s man­grove forests, an ecosys­tem, a com­mu­nal way of life, and one wom­an’s rela­tion­ship to her beloved home are faced with the threat of erasure.

Since 2007, Singapore has dredged over seventy-three million tons of sand from Cambodia in order to expand its landmass. In this short film, Sundance-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam follows Phalla Vy, a young woman who has spent much of her life fishing and crabbing amongst the mangrove islands of Koh Sralau . Now, as Phalla’s beloved islands disappear, along with the unique ecosystem that has flourished around them, so too does her way of life, and that of her community. Lost World reveals a deeply important aspect of wildness: that humanity and the wild need not be separate, but can thrive together in balance. This film explores what it means to value nature and what is at stake when a community who views the land as part of who they are is torn from their roots, memory, and history.



What to Watch on Waterbear this week

What to Watch on Waterbear this week


Waterbear Network is a free online film-streaming service, which has partnered with more than 80 charities and NGOs around the world — will shine a spotlight on the most critical issues facing the planet today. 


Kofi and Lartey

The sto­ry of a man who escaped one of the most tox­ic places in the world, and his fight to try and empow­er two young boys to do the same.

When Abdallah was growing up as an orphan in Northern Ghana, his grandmother taught him the importance of education to find his own way in the world. When she died, he travelled south in search of work and found himself in Agbogbloshie, a commercial district in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Agbogbloshie has one of the world’s biggest electronic waste dumps, home to 100,000 people. He spent long days enduring gruelling physical work and inhaling toxic fumes as he burned plastic off wires to extract valuable copper.

This work financed Abdallah’s education and inspired him later to help children escape Agbogbloshie for a better life. Interested in how the media was portraying Agbogbloshie and its residents, Abdallah built a children’s play centre and began a film project with two 12-year-old boys, Kofi and Lartey, to give them the opportunity to tell their own story. When a huge flood hit Accra, killing 150 people, it plunged the city into chaos. This included forced eviction of tenants as government agents bulldozed their homes and demolished Abdallah’s children’s centre. Abdallah felt silenced and defeated but encouraged the boys themselves to film the world around them and reveal their true dreams and ambitions for their future.


One Big Breath

Phil is a for­mer cham­pi­on free­d­iv­er — now he teach­es His­to­ry at col­lege. But every chance he gets he takes one big breath and goes down, way down. But nowa­days he no longer does it for the records, but rather to get close enough to sharks.


Not a Pet

1 season, 5 episodes

Not A Pet looks at the ille­gal wildlife pet trade, and the role social media plays in the parad­ing and trad­ing of exot­ic ani­mals online.



What to Watch on Waterbear this week

What to Watch on Waterbear this week


Waterbear Network is a free online film-streaming service, which has partnered with more than 80 charities and NGOs around the world — will shine a spotlight on the most critical issues facing the planet today. 

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DamNation: The Problem with Hydropower

This film explores the evo­lu­tion of our nation­al atti­tude from pride in big dams as engi­neer­ing won­ders to the grow­ing aware­ness that our own future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers.

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RE: TV – Series 1: Welcome to RE:TV

1 season, 5 episodes

RE:TV is a show­case for inspir­ing inno­va­tions and ideas that point the way towards a sus­tain­able future, curat­ed by edi­tor-in-chief, His Roy­al High­ness The Prince Of Wales.

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Ode to Desolation

Ode to Des­o­la­tion shares the sto­ry of Jim Hen­ter­ly, a nat­u­ral­ist, illus­tra­tor and fire look­out as he con­tem­plates the dwin­dling days of Fire Look­outs in North America.

With the influence of technology and AI threatening to make his role obsolete, we look into the future and ask ourselves what connections we will maintain to keep our human interpretation of the natural world alive.

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The Last Honey Hunter

In the steep moun­tain jun­gles of Nepal’s Hongu riv­er val­ley, mem­bers of the iso­lat­ed Kulung cul­ture have risked their lives for gen­er­a­tions, scal­ing dan­ger­ous cliffs to col­lect a wild and tox­ic honey.

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The Breakdown

1 season, 5 episodes

This 5‑part series breaks down all aspects of the cli­mate and the eco­log­i­cal crisis.

It explores how we got here, where we are headed, and what humanity can do to make a difference. Presented by Jack Harries, it highlights the key themes at the forefront of young people’s minds today, in a clear and relatable way.

Watch Now



Friday Prime Video playlist, 20 March 2020

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51min 2016 7+

Cape Spin

1h 26min 2011 7+

The surreal, fascinating, and tragicomic story of the battle over America’s most controversial clean energy project. Cape Wind was to be America’s first offshore windfarm. But formidable alliances formed on both sides: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks do battle with the developers and green groups over the future of American power and the aesthetic of America’s most privileged enclave.


Chernobyl’s Cafe

Thirty years after the nuclear reactor explosion, Chernobyl is showing signs of life. As the fears of older generations are replaced by the fascination of the new, Chernobyl is emerging as a popular tourist destination, and local industry is on the rise. However, with radiation levels still dangerously high, serious questions remain over whether the region can ever truly recover from its past.


Breakpoint: a Counter History of Progress

1h 38min 2019 ALL

For the last two centuries progress has been our reason for being. But progress has also given us napalm, pesticides, nuclear waste and global warming. It can be measured in the atmosphere, in the ice caps and in sediment layers. Mixing footage and propaganda with an original soundtrack, Breakpoint looks back at 200 years of development to provide an alternative view of our history of progress.


New Zealand From Above

1 Season 2012 7+

An aerial journey from the deep south of the South Island to the northern tip of the North Island. We discover the landscapes and meet New Zealanders who talk about their work, interests and culture.


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Unsupersize Us

1h 22min 2016 13+

The follow up to the award-winning film Unsupersize Me. Juan-Carlos Asse takes five subjects from his hometown that all suffer from common health issues and puts them on regimen of a plant based diet and exercise for six weeks.


Ultimate Freedive: The Great Barrier Reef

45min 2016 ALL

Actress and world champion freediver Marina Kazankova is on a mission: to freedive the Great Barrier Reef. Able to hold her breath far longer than that average human, she takes on a series of challenges, from swimming with turtles and giant grouper, to diving down on ship wrecks and through hidden caves. Join her on her incredible journey and see the Great Barrier Reef like never before.


Agave: The Spirit Of A Nation

1h 19min 2018 13+

In Mexico, families have passed down the tradition of distilling agave for generations. Discover how this delicate plant has carried the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it.


Flood

1 Season 2008 13+

When a storm coincides with high tide, it unleashes a colossal tidal surge which travels down England’s east coast and into the River Thames. Torrents of water pour into the city. The lives of millions of Londoners are at stake. Top marine engineer Rob and his father Leonard Morrison rush to the aid of his ex-wife, Sam, to try to save a city on the brink of annihilation.


Friday Prime Video playlist, 6 March 2020

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Cat Heaven Island

55min 2016 7+

Cats – hundreds and hundreds of them – define the quiet island of Tashirojima. They have just a handful of elderly human residents for company, who maintain a life steeped in fading but beautiful Japanese culture. This heart-warming documentary explores how a tight-knit community of ever more wizened pensioners find joy in their unique island identity, and affection from their feline friends.


Rise of the Great White Shark

49min 2017 ALL

This film traces the rise of the Great White Shark 11 million years ago in the wake of dramatic changes in Earth’s oceans and climate. At the end of an age dominated by giant ocean predators, white sharks evolved in tandem with seals and other pinnipeds in response to cooling conditions. This film is the result of a decade of filming white sharks by renowned “Shark Week” cameraman Andy Casagrande.


What’s With Wheat?

1h 18min 2017

‘What’s With Wheat?’ is a hard hitting investigation into the growing epidemic of wheat & gluten intolerance, and why after eating wheat for thousands of years, it has been linked to so many health problems.


Return of the River

(12)7.31h 11min201613+A documentary infused with hope, Return of the River explores an unlikely victory for environmental justice and restoration.The film follows a group of committed tribal members and activists who attempt the impossible: to change the public opinion of a town and eventually the nation to bring two dams down. Ultimately the community comes to consensus, launching the largest dam removal in history.


Dirty Paradise

1h 10min 2010 ALL

One last piece of South America belongs to Europe: French Guyana – where the native Wayna Indians live in an almost paradisiacal world. But criminal gold diggers occupy and pollute the land with mercury, through their primitive extraction techniques.


Friday Prime Video playlist, 28 Feb 2020

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Breathless

58min 2018 7+

Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry. His search takes him to the largest asbestos waste dump in India and unveils a cold-blooded industry still endangering the lives of workers and consumers around the world.


A River Below

1h 27min 2017 13+

Deep in the Amazon, the pink river dolphin is being hunted to extinction. Two activists are working tirelessly to protect the species. Yet as their efforts to raise public awareness become increasingly complex, a scandal erupts and serious ethical questions are raised. This surprising doc digs into the complexities of the modern media and the moral dangers of using the ends to justify the means.


Ocean Odyssey: The Blue Realm

Season 1 2020 ALL

The Blue Realm is a natural history series about amazing creatures of the sea. Utilizing superb HD imagery, engaging stories and leading marine scientists the series takes viewers on extraordinary journeys of discovery! The Blue realm is produced by a team of film-makers and expert divers, all of whom have a passion for the sea and our marine environments.


Food Choices

1h 31min 2016 ALL

This new ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet.


After the Spill

1h 2min 2016 13+

Hurricane Katrina was horrific for the coast of Louisiana. The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon – the worst ecological disaster in North American history – was devastating. But now Louisiana faces an even greater threat: its land is literally disappearing.


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David Attenborough’s First Life

Season 1 2010 13+

In fifty years of broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in the landmark series First Life, he goes back in time in search of the very first animals. First Life is told with stunning photography, state of the art visual effects and the captivating charm of the world’s favourite naturalist.


Vanishing of the Bees

1h27min 2012 16+

This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives.



Papua 3D

1h 3min 2012 ALL

Papua, the home island of the cannibals in the far Pacific Ocean. Guinea contains many islands which are significantly diversified by enormous mountains, swamps, highlands and huge rocks. The spectacular wildlife & the unspoiled wilderness makes Papua New Guinea one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth. It is also one of the most rural, as only 18 percent of its people live in urban centers. The country is one of the world’s least explored, culturally and geographically, and many undiscovered species of plants and animals live there. Experience the amazing underwater life of the Pacific Ocean, the interesting cultures and secrets of the cannibals all filmed in High Definition!


Vegucated

1h 15min 2011 18+


Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.