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The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, Jairo Fuentes negotiat...
The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, Jairo Fuentes negotiates with the mine’s operators and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of p...
The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, Jairo Fuentes negotiates with the mine’s operators and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on the so-called "better life". Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive.
El pueblo de Tamaquito se encuentra en los bosques de Colombia. Aquí, la naturaleza proporciona a la gente todo lo que necesita. Pero la forma de vida de la comunidad Wayúu está siendo destruida por el rápido crecimiento de la gran mina de carbón El Cerrejón. Decidido a salvar a su comunidad del reasentamiento forzado, Jairo Fuentes negocia con los operadores de la mina, pero la comunicación no es fácil. A los aldeanos se les prometen las bendiciones del progreso, pero los Wayúu no ponen ningún valor en esta "vida mejor". En cambio, empezan una lucha para salvar su vida en el bosque, que pronto se convierte en una lucha para sobrevivir.
A vila de Tamaquito encontra-se nas florestas de Colômbia. Aqui, a natureza fornece tudo o que as pessoas precisam. Mas o modo de vida da comunidade Wayúu está sendo destruído pela grande mina de carvão El Cerrejón, que cresce rapidamente. Determinado a salvar a comunidade do reassentamento forçado, Jairo Fuentes negocia com os operadores da mina, mas a comunicação entre eles não é fácil. Aos aldeões são prometidas as vantagens do progresso, mas os Wayúu não colocam nenhum valor nesta "vida melhor". Em vez disso, embarcam em uma luta para salvar sua vida na floresta, que logo se torna uma luta pela sobrevivência.Show more Show less
Explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold and his land ethic philosophy.
'This beautiful, moving, and inspiring film reminds us that the man we most remember for the land ethic was also a father of wilderness protection, ecological restoration, and our whole consciousness about what he called our hardest task - the ability to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.' Amory B. Lovins, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
'Green Fire clarifies the enormous debt we owe Leopold. It beautifully reveals his lasting contributions to environmentalism and, in Leopold's spirit, challenges us to see the preciousness and interconnectedness of all life.' Paul Wapner, Professor of Global Environmental Politics Program, American University, Co-editor, Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet
'Green Fire...should be mandatory viewing for any student in a natural resource field, indeed for anyone who values nature, wilderness, and wildlife...This film is a fine tribute to Leopold's legacy...Green Fire will contribute to people's appreciation of this amazing man and his role in the history of the conservation movement.' Dr. Michael Hutchins, Executive Director/CEO, The Wildlife Society
'I love this film. I have used it with my students and they love it too. The story never flags, and it is a great story indeed.' James Gustave Speth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School, Author, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
'I'm a long-time fan of Aldo Leopold's words, but Green Fire contains a lot of new material to me about the man, his biography, and his place in environmental history. For a course, the film would be fabulous when used in conjunction with Leopold's writings, because it whets the appetite for the words by providing wonderful personal background for students.' Tyler Volk, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, New York University, Author, CO2 Rising: The World's Greatest Environmental Challenge
'Aldo Leopold was the most important American environmental thinker of the 20th century, and Green Fire is a radiant portrait of Leopold's life and work. But its more important accomplishment is to suggest that Leopold may just be the most important environmental thinker for the 21st century as well.' Paul S. Sutter, Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado-Boulder, Author, Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement
'Beautifully shot...[A] moving celebration of the pioneering naturalist's legacy.' Candace Smith, Booklist
'Comprehensive, visually compelling and well researched. This is a very 'teachable' film and I look forward to using it in my classes. We see how Leopold catalyzed an advocacy that, today, is leading groups around the world to work for the reintroduction of wolves, sand hill cranes, and other threatened species in places where they were once nearly extinct. We see people reconnecting themselves to practices that are restoring health to agricultural soils and regional watersheds. Green Fire offers tangible evidence that there may still be hope for the achievement of Leopold's most cherished dream-humans might 'evolve' and prove they are capable of living without destroying the land that sustains them.' Joni Adamson, Professor of Environmental Humanities, Department of English, Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
'Exquisite documentary...Teachers across the curriculum can use this film. It's inspirational.' Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, School Library Journal
'I view Aldo Leopold with a respect that borders on reverence, and the film details why. It is comprehensive, well researched, very informative, and relies on superb commentators and interviews.' Noah Hall, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Wayne State University, Founder, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, Author, Great Lakes Law blog
'A compelling documentary...A thoughtful presentation of one man's profound and influential realization of the earth as an organism made up of the interrelationships between land, water, plants, animals and people. Leopold's work as a pioneer of wilderness preservation, game management, and environmental philosophy is developed at a lively pace through captivating historical footage and interviews with family members and a variety of scholars. Leopold's ultimate conclusion, that people can live on the earth without spoiling it, is revealed to be an empowering possibility rather than an empty platitude.' Nancy C. Unger, Professor of History, Santa Clara University, Author, Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History
'By looking into the life of this man who was a hunter, forester, scientist, writer, and philosopher, who found value in both wilderness and human-formed spaces, whose wife came from a long line of ranchers, and who emphasized the benefits of holistic ecosystem management for the good of society, we can begin to see how we might utilize Leopold's land ethic for the betterment of ourselves and our planet.' Cherice bock, Whole Terrain
'As a long-time admirer of Aldo Leopold and someone who has taught The Sand County Almanac, I have been looking forward eagerly to seeing Green Fire...I'm happy to say, I was not disappointed!...I hope similar presentations of the film can be made at schools and colleges and to groups around Iowa and the U.S.' Robert F. Sayre, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Iowa, Author, Fire Island Past, Present, and Future: The Environmental History of a Barrier Beach
'It takes viewers to the places that inspired, transformed, and nudged the author's doctrine into something that ties the concept of a land ethic to each of us. And into something that still offers hope and invites action.' Pamela Biery, Sierra Club
'Aldo Leopold is venerated as the father of ecology. But how did Leopold develop his philosophy of a 'land ethic?' To find out, this excellent film, Green Fire , takes us on a journey from Aldo Leopold's boyhood observations of the natural world to domination of that world in his position as a forester to a new and revolutionary appreciation of the interconnectedness of all living things - Leopold's 'Land Ethic'.' Polly Walker, MD, MPH, Senior Fellow, The Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
'A beautiful film. That word really sums it up: beautiful. Not only for the gorgeous on-site places where Green Fire was filmed, but even more so for the content of Aldo Leopold's message of a land ethic that comes across so well here. And while the film takes us back to Leopold's time and career in the early Twentieth Century, with excellent interviews of historians and other scholars who have studied his work in depth, the message that his land ethic ideals are for OUR time, now, rings clear. Nothing could be more true, and nothing could be better emphasized.' Dr. Sterling Evans, Professor and Chair of History, University of Oklahoma, Author, Bound in Twine: The History and Ecology of the Henequen-Wheat Complex for Mexico and the American and Canadian Plains
'Nicely crafted. It weaves together several story lines from scholars and family members, with a series of Leopold's personal revelations...The research and production values that went into the film are first-rate, and the insights well worth a viewing.' Craig Miller, KQED News
'I recommend it without reservation...Watching the film, it becomes clear how history can produce, in a kind of forge of events, the human beings that, literally, change the way we see the world.' Hal Herring, Field and Stream
'Highly recommended, especially for public and college library DVD collections.' Midwest Book Review
When the graves of former slaves are bulldozed in Mississippi, a native son returns to protect the community they settled.
'This powerful documentary illustrates a classic case of environmental injustice and exposes raw in-your-face Mississippi racial politics. The film shows a clear connection between exploitation of land and exploitation of people in modern day Mississippi. Turkey Creek residents may have survived slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow segregation, but they may not survive the modern onslaught of post-disaster 'recovery' after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the BP oil spill, and the maddening 'growth at any cost' push to develop North Gulfport. Come Hell or High Water is a perfect lesson that we are not living in a post-racial era.' Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean, School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University, Author, Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina
'A deeply moving depiction of the many layers of vulnerability that affect so many communities of color in the U.S. and the dedication and sacrifices required of those who fight for justice. Viewers of this film--including students of environmentalism, social movements and local politics--will gain a vivid understanding of the complexities of environmental justice and the ups and downs of grassroots struggles, which rarely come to neat, Hollywood endings. Indeed, Come Hell or High Water brings life to the words, Long is the struggle, hard the fight.' Dr. Melissa Checker, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College, Author, Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town
'A very powerful film. This film explores the nexus between two powerful and important facets of American life--the surging movement to restore rivers and preserve wetlands, and the quest for environmental justice. This is the story of how one man can energize an entire community and engage in a fierce David vs. Goliath struggle, and win. It explores the burgeoning connection between protecting the environment, and protecting culture, history, and the welfare of poor communities. It is impossible to watch this movie without being moved.' Daniel Craig McCool, Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, Professor, Political Science, University of Utah, Author, River Republic: The Rise and Fall of America's Rivers
'This is a well-made and wonderful film that touches on so many different yet completely interconnected subjects. I would use this film in several of my classes: Environmental and Sustainability Studies, US Environmental History, and the History of the South Since Emancipation. I will recommend it to colleagues in Political Science and in Urban Planning. I'm not a film critic, but I've certainly watched a lot of documentaries, and this one is just terrific.' Christopher Morris, Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington, Author, The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its Peoples from Hernando de Soto to Hurricane Katrina
'This inspiring film educates as it illustrates what powerful local resistance to destructive plans of outsiders looks like. It makes concrete the challenges of fighting for human rights and community respect, not only in the Deep South, but everywhere.' Bill Quigley, Professor of Law, Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, Loyola University-New Orleans
'I found The Battle for Turkey Creek a compelling story and not one isolated to Mississippi. As our Gulf Coast feels the benefit and burden of growing populations and economies, we are losing the cultures on which it was based and on what has drawn us to this very special place. There is both good and bad in that, I suppose, but the human cost is sad and often obscured as this documentary clearly portrays.' Dr. Larry D. McKinney, Executive Director, The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
'A unique and compelling look at how the disparate experiences of one member of the Turkey Creek diaspora are integrated to honor the history of an endangered community. The grit of this very personal portrayal can speak to secondary and post-secondary students and anyone interested in how environmental justice advocacy functions at a local level. The use of classrooms and civic institutions results in a film with high educational value. I would love to use this quality film in my classroom and other activist spaces.' Dr. Jasmine M. Waddell, Resident Dean of Freshmen, Harvard College, Visiting Scholar, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
'Turkey Creek is emblematic of so much of what is going on in the world right now, and that part of our country. These communities are not supposed to be considered resilient. These communities were not supposed to survive, but they've survived. And the solutions that they're coming up with are the solutions that we all really need to pay attention to and lift up.' Leslie Fields, Sierra Club director of Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships
'We highly recommend this documentary film about a middle school teacher who leads an environmental justice battle in a historic African American community in Mississippi.' Deborah Menkart, Executive Director, Teaching for Change
'Highly Recommended...What is remarkable about Turkey Creek is the surprising unity of its citizens in the face of lucrative buyouts...This is a well-told story about the clash of interests and ideals that accompany development. On the one side are the representatives of the new economy, who invariably justify their dominance by referring to themselves as agents of positive change. On the other side are the representatives of the older economy who lack the money of their opponents and are constantly characterized as enemies of progress. These clashing economic interests also align with historical racial divides, pitting rich and white development interests against the poorer black residents. The film succeeds in its aim to provoke maximum outrage in telling its story of greed, grass-roots activism, and racism.' Andrew Jenks, California State Univ. at Long Beach, Educational Media Reviews Online
'A powerful film for all those interested in social and environmental justice.' Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia University, School Library Journal
'The language of power and oppression is omnipresent in Come Hell or High Water, and it doesn't get any better as Katrina pounds Gulfport in 2005. Still no better when the BP oil disaster happens five years after that. The documentary captures Turkey Creek's responses to all of these tragedies - and a few remarkable victories against the powers that be.' Brenton Mock, Grist
'This intimate film tells a gigantic story - about race, about power, about so-called development. But it is also a saga of community, resilience, resistance, and hope. It's about everything that matters in our society.' Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools
'A true-life saga of individual and group efforts to serve the cause of environmental justice in the wake of threats ranging from urban sprawl to natural disasters, Come Hell or High Water is passionate, involving, and will prompt the viewer to think.' The Midwest Book Review
'Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Evans is determined to protect the community his forebears settled...Viewers will be touched by Evans' courage and self-sacrifice and gain insight into the region's historical, environmental, and racial issues.' Candace Smith, Booklist
'Filmmaker Leah Mahan discovers a memorable hero in longtime friend Derrick Evans during a 10-year story arc marked by activism, corporate greed, and race-tainted Deep South land grabs...The theme of 'environmental racism' surfaces in this saga, which concludes with the epic BP/Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster threatening Gulfport's ballyhooed beaches...A powerful story of one man's good fight, this is recommended.' C. Cassady, Video Librarian