Human Potential

The most moving films and clips about the power of people to protect nature and change society. Docus on activism, courage and role models, but also sufficiency and meaning.

People, often individuals, have brought down dams, put multinationals in their place, founded global environmental movements, renewed governments, but also brought surprising insights and connections to light through intuition, wisdom, courage and integrity.

People touch, educate and inspire other people and are role models. People stay with it for decades, don't give up.

Today's challenges require changes in our way of thinking and our self-image so that our actions and social systems can change.

When you meet chimps, you meet individual personalities. When a baby chimp looks at you it's just like a human baby. We have a responsibility to them. - Jane Goodall

Our Film Tips

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Taking Root

Nobel Peace Price Winner Wangari Maathai knows how forests, erosion, water, soil, democracy and poverty are all interlinked. She has taught thousands of women to plant trees and started the African Green Belt Movement, which has planted over 50 million trees since 1977.
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Waste Land

What we throw away, does not go away: It simply ends up somewhere else. Brazilian Artist Vik Muniz realizes a project with outlawed trash pickers on one of the biggest landfills on the planet. They create artworks and gain a new perspective on themselves. International attention leads to a modern recycling center and a more dignified work place.
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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Crazy or inspirational? Farmer John founded one of the first community supported agriculture projects after his family-farm ran up too many debts. Resisted at first by the local community, it brought many positive things to the area.
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I Am

World-famous director Tom Shadyac decided to make a change after suffering a near-death experience. Suddenly confronted with existential questions, he travels around the world to discuss these with brilliant individuals such as Desmond Tutu and David Suzuki.
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Jane's Journey

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist in order to devote all her energy to saving our endangered planet. One of the most inspiring women of the environmental movement, Dr Goodall has changed the way we view our responsibility to our closest animal relatives.
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The Island President

The story of former president Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the survival of his country and everyone in it. A rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.
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Solartaxi

As a child Louis Palmer dreamt of traveling around the world by means of a solar-powered car. In short, his dream came true. Palmer takes children, political leaders and even the UN Secretary General on a joyride around the world.
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Planetary

"Planetary" is a contemplative but intense film that links our predilection of the self and our treatment of today's many challenges. Breathtaking footage of the Earth is complimented by the wisdom of interconnectivity.
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Rise of the Eco-Warriors

A group of young people venture into Borneo's jungle to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants against the booming palm oil industry.
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Von Bananenbäumen träumen

How a village wants to breed catfish and banana trees against the decline of its village with cow dung. Poetic!
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The Reluctant Radical

A worried father, who perceives climate change as the greatest threat to his son, interrupts the oil pipelines from Canada to the USA with 4 other volunteers. He'll face a 25-year sentence in court. A film full of seriousness that is rarely seen before.

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Mother of All Rivers

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HUMAN Limits: Martin Strel, Marathon Swimmer

Mile for Mile: A Film About Trail Running and Conservation in Patagonia

Mile for Mile: A Film About Trail Running and Conservation in Patagonia

I Will Be A Hummingbird

I Will Be A Hummingbird

Ancient Future: The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive Story

Ancient Future: The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive Story

A Good Day

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Defined by the Line

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The Part Time Heroes

A Blind Man and His Armless Friend Plant a Forest

A Blind Man and His Armless Friend Plant a Forest

Sadiman - Planting Trees

Sadiman - Planting Trees

Valve Turners

Valve Turners

DIVEST! The Climate Movement on Tour

DIVEST! The Climate Movement on Tour

The Citizens Filibuster

The Citizens Filibuster