An Earth Day Playlist

TV and films that explore nature, human relationships to nature, climate change and the future of humanity. This is a list than can only exist on Topic. You have to see it to know what we mean.
1. Through Greenland - With Nikolaj Coster-WaldauDenmarkDocumentary1 SN | 5 EPS

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau takes us on an adventure across Greenland, and gives us a very personal tour of his adopted country. Meet the locals, get to know the culture, and see how climate change is impacting its breathtaking landscapes.

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2. The Book of DogUnited StatesComedy1 SN | 4 EPS

If dogs could talk, surely they’d share philosophical musings, biting insults—and stories of how centuries of selective breeding have altered their genetic makeup. Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo and others voice beloved breeds in this quirky series.

3. EatingUnited StatesDocumentary1 SN | 10 EPS

Seven billion people. One act. Infinite ways to do it. Everybody eats, but that’s where the similarities end. With the power to influence cultures, industries, and personal ambitions, eating is a direct entry point into understanding humanity

4. Without CoalUnited StatesDocumentary1 SN | 4 EPS

West Virginia used to run on coal. Now the communities that flourished around the mines have been left to fend for themselves. In this four-part documentary series, former miners, union members, environmentalists, and students work to bring their beloved home state into the 21st century.

5. Stallions of PalestineUnited StatesDocumentary45 Mins

For many Palestinians, Arabian horses are a living symbol of their culture’s resilience; as one breeder says, they are “art mixed with history.” In this new documentary, meet a young Palestinian breeder named Abdel Naser Musleh and his tight-knit family as they navigate the difficulties of raising these delicate animals in the West Bank—where access to vets and training facilities always seems to be a checkpoint away.

6. Death By A Thousand CutsUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 14 Mins

Eligio Eloy Vargas, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, was found brutally murdered by machete. At the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run by Haitians coming across the border into protected Dominican forests. This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.

7. Losing Sight of ShoreUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 32 Mins

Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history.

8. Bananas!*SwedenDocumentary1 Hour 28 Mins

Focusing on a landmark legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation, this film uncovers the alleged usage of a banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers. Central to the case is Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney facing the biggest challenge of his career. It’s a classic David vs. Goliath story with the futures of generations of workers and their families at stake.

9. State of HappinessNorwayDrama2 SN | 16 EPS
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SYNOPSIS  An oil discovery off the coast of Norway ushers in a new way of life for the residents of the small fishing village.

WHAT  Set in 1970, the theme of revolution and change is enhanced by the soundtrack from the era.

WHY  Winner of five Golden Screen Awards.

10. The Road MovieBelarusDocumentary1 Hour 10 Mins

Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it documentary, it captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen drivers and passengers.

11. Swarm SeasonUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 26 Mins

In this exploration of science, nature, and Indigenous cosmology set against the otherworldly landscapes of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in hopes of cultivating disease-resistant colonies.

12. House on FireUnited StatesDocumentary1 SN | 5 EPS

To us they’re mundane objects, but to them they’re priceless. House on Fire asks individuals to save one thing if their house were ablaze. The items they choose tell entire stories about culture, identity, and the true value of material possessions.

13. SantoallaUnited StatesDrama1 Hour 23 Mins

Progressive Dutch couple Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool had only one dream – to live off the land, far from the constraints and complications of the city. But, when they arrive in the crumbling, Spanish village of Santoalla, the foreigners challenge the traditions of the town's sole remaining family, igniting a decade-long conflict that culminates in Martin's mysterious disappearance. Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer's expertly crafted true crime film follows Margo as she unravels the puzzle.

14. Passing Storms: The Survival of St. ThomasUnited StatesDocumentary1 SN | 3 EPS

In September 2017, the US Virgin Islands were hit hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which arrived just two weeks apart. Now, those living on the 32-square-mile island of St. Thomas must learn how to rebuild—and thrive—in the face of unbelievable loss. In this short documentary series, follow a group of residents as they sort through the wreckage and come together to celebrate Carnival.

15. SweetgrassUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 43 Mins

Modern-day cowboys lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s mountains for summer pasture in this unsentimental elegy to the American West. A tribute to those, past and present, who eke out a bittersweet living on the land.

16. The Last FishermanVietnamScience Fiction12 Mins

A lone Vietnamese fisherman trying to survive in an apocalyptic future encounters an android he hoped would have remained in his dark past. Sci-fi and nature collide in this dystopian story set against the lush and expansive South China Sea.

17. Braddock, PAUnited StatesAnimation1 SN | 4 EPS

Follow the Monongahela River southeast from Pittsburgh to Braddock, Pennsylvania, a steel town whose residents forged America—and paid for it with their lives. The city and its surrounding area have one of the highest cancer rates in the country, and a history of health outcomes split along color lines. Braddock (population: less than 2,000) is also home to people who are determined to stick around and improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors.

18. Sad Animal FactsUnited StatesAnimation1 SN | 8 EPS

A lighthearted series about the never-ending humiliations of animal life on Earth.

19. In My RoomGermanyDrama1 Hour 60 Mins

Lost in life and beset by a recent passing, Armin has nowhere to go and just as much to show for himself. Fate (or something like it) intervenes when Armin awakes one morning and discovers that seemingly all of humanity has disappeared, leaving him to his limited devices and opening the door for self-discovery — but the gift of maximum freedom bears complications. Directed by Ulrich Kohler and starring Hans Low and Elena Radonicich. Screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

20. BuddyNetherlandsDocumentary1 Hour 26 Mins

In this delightful documentary about six amazing service dogs and their heroic owners, legendary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. Whether grabbing a sheet of paper from a printer, helping to push in a syringe, comforting a veteran with PTSD while he sleeps, or simply being a friend to a child with autism, Honigmann captures the beautiful, intimate moments that define these relationships.

21. Manimal KingdomUnited StatesAnimation1 SN | 4 EPS

A nature series about the habits of the most destructive creatures on the planet.

22. Follow the MoneyDenmarkCrime3 SN | 30 EPS

SYNOPSIS  An apparent industrial accident at a wind farm leads detectives to uncover a web of corruption.

WHAT  Economic crime thriller set in the world of sustainable energy.

WHY  Another winner from the producers of The Bridge and The Killing.

23. SF8South KoreaScience Fiction1 SN | 8 EPS

SYNOPSIS  Eight filmmakers envision the “perfect society” of the future.

WHAT  Sci Fi anthology series. Themes include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and superpowers.

WHY  Regarded Korean equivalent of “Black Mirror.”

*Some titles may not be available in Canada