Here are two stunning docs that I got a chance to see over the past week and thus can strongly recommend!
Musicwood (dir. Maxine Trump) is about the big guitar makers like Martin, Gibson and Taylor coming together with Greenpeace to try to negotiate an environmentally friendly alternative with a Native American logging company which is clear-cutting one of the oldest and vital rain forests on the planet. The film sheds light on how complicated and intertwined saving the beautiful forest actually is. Another positive thing about the film is that instead of leaving you depressed and hopeless about the torture humans submit the planet to, it instead leaves you with thoughts and an urge to act and do your part. Don’t be scared off if it sounds too music or guitar specific, its message extends beyond saving the acoustic guitar.
Expedition to the End of the World (dir. Daniel Dencik) is a crazy adventure story that takes bunch of Scandinavian scientists and artists to Greenland to discover how strong of an (mostly negative) impact humans have on the environment. That said, the film is framed in an epic way with some philosophical, peace-of-mind offering insights into dealing with the situation. Needless to say the scenery is breathtaking and mostly untouched by humans. An extra bit of spice comes from the typical Scandy-humour, which rarely is seen in documentaries that seriously address our impact on the planet. This doc is an epic journey you don’t want to miss!
If you’re in UK, the UK Green Film Festival will run across venues in the country in the beginning of June and these two docs are part of the program. So, if you’re interested check their site and find a screening near you.