Movies with Meaning

About once a month we show a film at our High Street Hub about the environment, sustainability, climate change, low carbon lifestyles etc. Often these films are made by small independent filmmakers, so these are opportunities to see inspiring films that may not have been widely seen or distributed. After the film you can stay for a discussion of the film's content and ideas if you chose, and refreshments are available by donation.

If you are planning to come along to a film showing please book yourself a free ticket so we have an idea how many people to expect on the night. The next film show will be:

Thursday 14 March at 7pm.
 

WASTE LAND

 

This award-winning film follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of ‘catadores’—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to ‘paint’ the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. In a bid to raise funds for the site's workers' association, Muniz selects a group of six catadores to pose as subjects for a new series of artworks and puts them up for sale in one of Rio's most upmarket galleries. The directors offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

“Beautifully captured, this portrait of a very proud and resourceful underclass rightly tugged the heartstrings of everyone who saw it.” Empire


“… a heart-warming tale of human dignity and innovation, and was a worthy
winner of the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award.” The Huffington Post

Watch the trailer here

The film shows are free, but please book a seat here so we know how many visitors to expect. Thank you.

ALBATROSS

Studying the newly-emerging issue of ocean plastic pollution, the film makers learned of a stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny atoll in the centre of the vast North Pacific Ocean. On their first trip to Midway Island in September of 2009, filmed thousands of young albatrosses that lay dead on the ground, their stomachs filled with plastic. The experience was devastating, not only for what it meant for the suffering of the birds, but also for what it reflected back to us about the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption, and humanity's damaged relationship with the living world.

   Returning to Midway a total of eight times over four years, they met the live albatrosses singing and dancing by the hundreds of thousands all over the island. They experienced the birds' beauty, grace, and sentience more and more vividly with each trip. They learned to attune themselves to their body language, so that they could film them up close without causing them anxiety. The birds allowed them to witness their most tender moments at astonishingly close range, as the mated pairs snuggled and built their nests together, their babies hatched from their eggs, and the fluffy chicks waited alone for their parents to return from their foraging trips to sea. The poetry of the albatross revealed itself layer by layer,
with intimate footage of every stage of their cycles of life, death, and birth.

Watch the trailer here

The film shows are free, but please book a seat here so we know how many visitors to expect. Thank you.

Once we have shown a film at one of our Movies with Meaning film nights the DVD will be added to our Eco-library for members to borrow and watch.

 

Previously shown films:

 

Thursday 1 November '18, 7pm

An Inconvenient Sequel
Truth to Power

A decade after an inconvenient truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant – as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Watch the official trailer here

 

Thursday 6 December '18, 7pm

CHASING ICE

Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a sceptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Travelling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, CHASING ICE depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

"If any film can convert the climate-change sceptics, Chasing Ice would be it: here, seeing really is believing." The Guardian

 

Watch the trailer here

Thursday 17 January 2019, 7pm

TOMORROW

What if telling a hopeful story that points out solutions is the best way to solve the ecological, economic and social crises that shake our world?

Following the publication of a study forecasting the possible extinction of mankind by 2100, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent travel through 10 countries to understand the reasons for this catastrophic prediction and, most of all, how to prevent it becoming a reality. During their journey, they meet pioneers who are reinventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy, and education. By pulling together these positive, concrete and tested initiatives, they start to envisage a sustainable world of tomorrow.

Winner of the Best Documentary French Academy Award, TOMORROW is an urgent and passionate film offering real solutions to save our planet.

"Cynicism gives way to admiration, and admiration can flare into inspiration." - Variety

"A forward-thinking take on addressing the demise of the human race, the French documentary "Tomorrow" swaps the usual handwringing doomsday prophesizing in favor of a decidedly more proactive approach." - Los Angeles Times

 

"Its real triumph is its pervasive feeling of hope." - New York Times

Watch the official trailer here