Environmental Film Reviews

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Beloved nature broadcaster David Attenborough has spent his career introducing viewers to the wonders of our planet. In recent years, his footage of albatrosses swallowing plastic in Blue Planet II has been credited with helping to ramp up the global fight against plastic pollution. Now, in this World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-produced documentary, he reflects on the defining moments of his career and the devastating changes he has witnessed.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, which was also produced by Silverback Films and directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey, features an intimate conversation between Attenborough and Sir Michael Palin as the broadcaster reflects on his life and a career that took him to every continent on Earth. In addition to streaming on Netflix, the movie will be available in select theaters starting Sept. 28.

“For decades, David has brought the natural world to the homes of audiences worldwide, but there has never been a more significant moment for him to share his own story and reflections,” WWF executive producer Colin Butfield said in a statement. “This film coincides with a monumental year for environmental action as world leaders make critical decisions on nature and climate. It sends a powerful message from the most inspiring and celebrated naturalist of our time.”

An in-depth exploration into the lives of nine astonishing women from the four corners of the globe who share one thing in common: a profound love for the Sea. A love so profound that they have chosen to make the Ocean the center of their physical, philosophical and professional lives.

In a unique documentary concept, the director has selected these women to create a portrait of what could be a metaphor for one woman’s Ocean life through all her ages. Starting with three women who engage in the thrill of ocean sports, to a famed scientist who plunges into the deepest depths on the edge of human survival, to a cliff diver who is hailed as “The bravest woman in Germany,” SHE IS THE OCEAN captures the common thread that bonds them together, both how it has formed their lives and given them meaning beyond the normal constraints of society. Click here for more information

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Details: 97 min. Rated NR. in English

Buzz Kill

Native bees are at risk across the United States. “Buzz Kill” — winner of the 2020 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest — depicts the beauty and key ecological role played by these bees and shows how industrialized agriculture and its use of honeybee colonies threatens endemic bee species.

This week at e360we present “Buzz Kill,” the first-place winner of the 2020 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, which examines the beauty and key ecological role of native bees — and the many threats they face across the United States. Much of the recent publicity about risks to the world’s bee populations has focused on problems, including colony collapse disorder, that plague large, domesticated honeybee colonies. But native bees face a different range of threats, most linked to habitat loss and industrialized agriculture. The video, created by filmmaker Brooke McDonough, shows how large numbers of commercial honeybees set loose on a landscape can outcompete native bees for pollen and nectar. “Human activity and development zeroes out bee habitat and bees,” one scientist says. Watch the video.