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Short Films, Tall Messages

Art and film have the power to bring awareness and offer both exploration and stance on issues.

The following are a few short films with an environmental focus and attention to sustainable civilization.

Excellent Development has several community oriented short films that reveal the significant need for land and water conservation in rural regions. This video explores the collaborative relationships that exist within communities, and shows how when social efforts are united, even stronger ones can be formed.

As pointed out by the organization, every year approximately 75 billion tons of soil is lost because of land erosion. When combined with severe drought and risk of flooding, this greatly impacts both the communities and the biodiversity of the area.

The dryland regions of the world that suffer from water shortages and soil attrition see a reduced ability to grow food and care for livestock, and this can have a cyclical effect on human development and quality of life.

Short Films, Tall Messages

Image source: excellentdevelopment.com

In order to conserve water and improve soil conditions, moisture retaining sand dams can offer a solution to a lack of viable land space and damage caused by environmental impacts.

Short Films, Tall Messages

Image source: excellentdevelopment.com

Burcu Sankur and Geoffrey Godet developed the award winning short animated film, Tant de Forêts.

Short Films, Tall Messages

Image source: acmefilmworks.com/directors/burcu-sankur-geoffrey-godet

The storyline explores how sardonic the relationship between newspapers and their delivering of important topics can be. For instance, reporting a feature on the impact of mass deforestation on one of the literal causes, a printed paper, is shown as a flawed communication system.

Short Films, Tall Messages

Image source: acmefilmworks.com/directors/burcu-sankur-geoffrey-godet

Colorful and graphic, this short is visually engaging and eye-opening.

Have a look at the trailer:

For compilations of short films on various topics, including themes revolving around nature, check out Short of the Week. Featured films are listed like the 2011, Among Giants. From Rainhouse Cinema, it is the story of environmental activists who protested the clearing of a redwood grove.

Setting up headquarters in the tree canopy and wavering 100 feet up into the air, the nature minded and reflective story of the tree-sitters showed dedication in action.

Short Films, Tall Messages

Image source: rainhousecinema.com

Filming began 3 years into the activists’ efforts, and it follows the protesters throughout part of this dedicated standoff.

The McKay Tract tree-sitters actually went on to win the environmental debate, and it was decided to call off the clearing.

Short Films, Tall Messages

Image source: rainhousecinema.com

Film can bring to life events that may otherwise go unnoticed, and those with a strong message are refreshing in a world filled quite full of digital nonsense.

Please feel free to share any recommendations for socially and environmentally relevant or nature inspired films, documentaries or trailers in the comments section below.

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