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Film Recommendations about Animals and Nature

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, here are a few film recommendations from Joni Clayton to watch. All of these can be streamed for free by any current University of Utah student, staff, and faculty.

Film recommendations:

All My Mother’s Goats

For over 40 years, Maguy has been manufacturing goat cheese with respect to nature and animals, on an isolated plateau in the Gorges du Verdon.  Retiring soon, she must give up her flock.

Behemoth: A Meditation on China’s Coal and Iron Industries

Beginning with a mining explosion on Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, this film details the social and environmental devastation behind an economic miracle that may yet prove illusory.

Eat, Grow, Love

We often ask ourselves, how can I contribute to a more sustainable society? What if a simple set of design principles known as permaculture could help us to have the knowledge to grow our own food without it taking up all or our precious time?


James Redford’s colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US.

Is It Closing Time for Zoos?

From captive breeding programs and conservation, to education and welfare, Liz Bonnin evaluates the role zoos have to play in the 21st century.

Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living

The story of rescued wolves on wild lands in Colorado and the volunteers who keep them alive.  The stunningly beautiful hills near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the home of the refuge Mission: Wolf.

Our Fragile Planet: Attenborough – 60 Years in the Wild

Sir David Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that humans have had on the natural world during his lifetime.  He tells the surprising and personal story of the changes he has seen.

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road, traveling with hope, humor – and all of their garbage – to find out what Americans can do to save the planet.

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