Films to Spark Awe & Action for the Earth: April Watchlist

by iNDIEFLIX Streaming, on Apr 1, 2022 3:13:41 PM

As April and Earth day Approaches, we are reminded of all the awe-inspiring ways the natural world provides for us, our well-being and our responsibility to reciprocate. How can we show love for this place we all call home? 

We face several environmental crises - from climate change to deforestation, from species extinction to plastic pollution - yet we should never forget the agency we have, individually and collectively, to create a positive impact. It's a long journey, but each step makes a difference. 

When we hear about environmental issues, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the discussion because of the scale and consequence. Filmmakers help us learn empathically about these issues and how to engage in meaningful change by sharing narratives of those on the frontlines around the world. 

To stay with the theme of Earth Day, we have compiled this month's watchlist to focus on just that: films about the earth that provide insight into the issues we are facing and what we can do about them. We hope this carefully curated collection of iNDIEFLIX films helps to educate, entertain, and bring awareness to these incredible stories. 

Follow @indieflixofficial on Instagram for an inside look at the films as well as Earth Day specific discussions. We hope to see you there! 

Every summer, forest fires burn wildly across the temperate mountain regions of the world. Yet, as destructive as they are, they have a purpose and beauty that often goes unappreciated. As winter arrives in the burned forest, so do the skiers. They have come to celebrate new lines opened up by the previous summer's fires that have now burned themselves out - or have they?

This powerful film odyssey across the United States explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams to the growing awareness that our future is bound to the health of our rivers. Through DamNation’s majestic cinematography, we can explore how river ecosystems renew themselves when we remove dams. By the end of the film, we get a better understanding of the natural world and how we’re able to see ourselves as part of it. 

The Colorado River ran to the sea for six million years but stopped nearly two decades ago. Then, in the spring of 2014, something changed. An experimental pulse of water flooded the dried riverbed. A team, eager to see what was going on, paddled to the crest. They wanted to know if they could be the first to navigate this forgotten delta and see the sea at the end. Watch Delta Dawn to see if they make it!

For decades, First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers, and snowboarders have fought a proposed large-scale ski resort deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Watch Jumbo Wild to see what it will take to keep the Jumbo, wild. 

Born and raised in Punta de Lobos, Ramón Navarro found his passion in riding the biggest waves on the planet. Still, his surfing accomplishments are just one part of a bigger vision he has to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean Coast.