WISHFLIX: EARTH DAY
We have enjoyed our Earth Week here at Wish ATL with a rare restock, guest DJ mix and an appearance from EarthGang. Now we have a selection of films that highlight everything our planet has to offer while bringing to mind why it is important for us to take care of it. Check out these classic Earth themed offerings and
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James Cameron’s epic features an ensemble cast, beautiful landscapes and spared no resources in making it all come together. While taking place in a fictional setting, the film touches on themes of colonization, harvesting natural resources and how these practices can disrupt the people and animals that inhabit those areas. Now that 4K UHD is available, it is as good a time as any to revisit this film in all its splendor.
One Life (2011)
A bit more lighthearted than the other films on this list, this Daniel Craig-narrated BBC documentary balances the astonishing and adorable. If you love wildlife films, this is a go-to. The directors made sure to employ great camerawork in showing the types of creatures that share our planet.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Sigourney Weaver actually traveled back to the site in Rwanda where Dian Fossey did her actual research for her portrayal of the famed scientist. The director sought out to relay the same message of the harms of gorilla poaching that Fossey did while there. One of the gorillas mentioned in the research even appears on screen. And for an added game, see if you can spot which gorillas are real and which ones are people in costumes.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Former presidential nominee, Al Gore, won a Best Documentary Academy Award for his awareness raising documentary on environmental issues. Seen by some as before it’s time, this film initiated significant action in regards to tackling climate change and even includes ways that the audience themselves could contribute to the cause.
Recent global events have reminded us that this planet is shared by everyone for the better and for the worst. This is captured better than ever in the Ron Fricke’s follow up documentary to Koyaanisqatsi, a similar documentary shot by his collaborator, Godfrey Reggio. There is no narrator or voice-over, as Fricke opts to allow the work to speak for itself. Shots of bustling cities, wildernesses and everything in between are presented as viewers are made witness to all that humanity had done up to the point of the documentary’s filming. Sit back and watch the world at work.