The environmental films made worldwide have repeatedly been the urge to create discussions about the environment. In addition to fiction, the experimental movies have highlighted in dramatic ways how the world’s resources kept falling in the face of destruction. Here we have discussed the greatest Environmental movies of all time.
Top 10 Best Environmental Films to Concern People about Nature
Up the Yangtze | 2007 | Canada
The film prioritizes the agrarian economy over the capital market. With this principle, the movie depicts the sufferings of the local people due to the blockage of a River.
Written and directed by Yung Chang, the film stars Yu Cindy Shui and Chen Jerry Bo Yu. Chang himself provided the voice in the background of the film. This movie was co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and EyeSteelFilm of Montreal.
The film won the Genie Awards and the Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.
Revolution | 2012 | Canada
Documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart beautifully shows what young people are doing to prevent environmental degradation.
This adventure film stars Krystyna Bednarska, Nnimmo Bassey and Adrienne Maree Brown. The first screen of the movie was unveiled at the TIFF Docs section of the Toronto International Film Festival. Stewart won 2 Guam International Film Festival Awards, 1 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award, and 1 Vancouver International Film Festival Award for the movie.
Avatar | 2009 | America
This epic masterpiece by renowned filmmaker James Cameron depicts the aftermath of the destruction of a significant resource on an alien planet by humans. It also carries an unimaginable warning for Earth, where people continue to damage their own habitat.
The movie stars Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang.
The movie bagged three Oscars out of a total of twelve nominations. The winning categories are Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction.
Honeyland | 2019 | Macedonia
The film centered on the solitary life of Hatidze Muratova, who relies on mountain wild beekeeping and honey distribution.
The film, directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, took a total of three years for production and eventually took over 400 hours of footage.
Hatidze Muratova has been cast in this documentary movie. The world premiere of the movie was held at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
The film won Oscars in the categories of 'Best International Feature Film' and 'Best Documentary Feature.'
Song of the Sea | 2014 | Ireland
A 10-year-old boy learns that his dumb sister has amazing abilities. He had to free the fairies from the clutches of the Celtic goddess Macha at any cost.
Tomm Moore has made this 2nd installment of his Irish fairy tale trilogy with such a story.
Brendan Gleeson, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan have given voices in the animated movie.
The movie was first screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Kadvi Hawa | 2017 | India
The movie depicts the devastated villages of a drought-prone coastal region through the life of a farmer and a bank recovery agent. Based on this true story, the screenplay of the movie is written by Nitin Dixit under the direction of Nila Madhab Panda.
The movie, also titled by Dark Wind, stars Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey in the lead roles.
The film, based on climate change, received a special mention at the National Film Awards in India.
Virunga | 2014 | UK
The story of this movie revolves around the bravery of a small group to save the last species of the mountain gorilla in the midst of the turmoil caused by oil extraction and contemporary conflict.
Orlando von Einsiedel has both directed and scripted the movie. The cast includes Andre Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, and Melanie Gouby.
The movie was first screened at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie got the Oscar nomination as Best Documentary Feature.
Voices of Transition | 2012 | German
This experimental movie demonstrates the great endeavors of the agro-industry to address food shortages using optimum resources. It has basically promoted the self-reliance of every community at the grassroots level without over-using the resources of the agricultural region, which is called Transition Town.
Directed by Nils Aguilar, the movie stars Rob Hopkins, Claude Bourguignon, and Vandana Shiva.
The documentary won the Audience Prize at the Festival Univercine Allemand and
Won Festival Award at Oregon International Film Awards, USA.
Princess Mononoke | 1997 | Japan
The story of this fantasy film advances with the involvement of a prince in a clash between forest gods and man-caused deforestation.
The movie is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The plot is dated back from 1336 to 1573, the reign of Muromachi in Japan.
Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka have given voices in the animated movie.
The film won the Picture of the Year at the Japan Academy Awards and the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards.
Home | 2009 | France
A magnificent display of aerial footage from 54 countries depicts how the world's biodiversity is being destroyed by humans.
The movie is scripted by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Isabelle Delannoy, Denis Carot, and Yen le Van. The documentary, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, was released in several languages.
Glenn Close voiced the English and Dutch versions of the movie in the production of Luc Besson and Denis Carot.
The movie was first screened at the 2012 Dawn Breakers International Film Festival. The movie got the Victoria & Tasmania Gold Award at the Australian Cinematographers Society and the IFMCA Award at the International Film Music Critics Award.
Over to you
All of these top-rated environmental films warn us about the environment. Through various stories, these movies tell that we need to be proactive in conserving the earth's resources as soon as possible. We have to keep the balance between maintaining the greenery of the earth and the development of civilization. Now is the time to ensure that our future generations can breathe in the air of this world.