Animals, Environmental, Family Friendly
Documentary, Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary
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Hard lessons await John and Molly Chester as they leave Los Angeles to build an organic, biodynamic farm amid the Ventura County foothills in this eloquent, exquisitely shot autobiographical documentary, which stands a testament to the power of Mother Nature and the human spirit alike. (And also to the awesomeness of pigs.)
John, who happens to be an Emmy-winning TV director/cinematographer, doesn’t deny his and his wife’s naïveté as they embark on their quest for agricultural nirvana: The 200-acre property they’ve purchased is virtually infertile thanks to a historic drought. Over the course of eight years, their doggedness gradually trumps their inexperience, and the ecosystem of Apricot Lane Farms begins to teem with flora and fauna—but setbacks continue to meet progress at every turn as the couple comes to terms with the fact that, sometimes, acceptance of failure is a form of success, surrender a type of control.
This gorgeous National Geographic documentary follows a scientific expedition in search of the source of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. During the four-month journey, the team encounters marauding hippos, peat bogs, minefields, and devastating bushfires that threaten the Delta's survival.
As much a poignant ode to community as it is a thrill ride, this documentary portrait of a small-town stock-car racetrack—and the blue-collar drivers who’ve formed a family there—also examines the impact of real-estate development on the lives we struggle to build beyond its reach.
Could the global environmental crisis be an opportunity for enlightenment and change? This stunningly beautiful documentary aims to capture both the monumental havoc humankind has wreaked and our extraordinary capacity for redemption.