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Let other APES teachers know something about your favorite movies that you show in class. Make note of the name, producer, and length of the movie. You might consider adding a set of review questions for the movie. Attach any documents in .pdf format so others can open it. Unless otherwise noted, most movies can be purchased from Amazon.com or IMDb.com
See New York Science Teacher
has lots of pdf movie worksheets. You can also add your favorites to their list. Another site for movie worksheets is
-This site lists videos by name. (It is an Aussie site)
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011)
Tiroir A Films
Running Time: 45 and 60 min versions
Academic Rights DVD includes both the 45 & 60 minute version, English subtitles, 20 min of extras and deleted scenes, a classroom discussion guide and relevant and engaging lesson plans.
Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion, a startling seven-fold increase since the first billion occurred 200 years ago.
Population was once at the top of the international agenda, dominating the first Earth Day and the subject of best-selling books like “The Population Bomb”. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic–religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. Yet it is an issue we cannot afford to ignore.
The film illustrates both the over-consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother and a child-rights activist as she comes to discover, along with the audience, the thorny complexities of the population issue. Beth – who comes from a large American family of 12 and has adopted an African-born daughter–travels to Ethiopia where she meets Zinet, the oldest daughter of a desperately poor family of 12. Zinet has found the courage to break free from thousand-year-old-cultural barriers, and their encounter will change Beth forever.
Planet in Peril (2007)
Notes: Two disc set.
Running Time: 3 hours
Planet in Peril Part I.docx
Planet in Peril Part II.docx
Planet in Peril Part I Key.docx
Planet in Peril Part II Key.docx
Notes: Has information on the history of biowarfare, emerging diseases, and
current technologies used to fight bioterrorism at
Running Time: 60 minutes
Questions: Teacher materials and classroom activity at (
Blue Planet - Seas of Life
Producer: BBC and Discovery Channel
Notes: Great for teaching marine biology. Films segments include "Open Ocean",
"The Deep", "Seasonal Seas", "Coral Seas", "Frozen Seas" and more.
Running Time: 4 DVDs, each 98 minutes
Can Buildings Make You Sick?
Running Time: 60 minutes
Questions: Has a classroom activity at
Producer: Film Australia
Notes: A good resource website on cane toads from New South Wales
Department of Environment and Climate Change at
Running Time: 47 minutes see New York Science Teacher for a worksheet
Biology **Movie Worksheets**
and search for a pdf worksheet on the movie. They have lots of other pdfs.
Notes: Oscar award winning documentary illustrating the health effects of
Chernobyl on the local residents.
Time: 35 minutes
Easter Island in Context: From Paradise to Calamity
Producer: Films Media Group
Copyright date: ©
Notes: In this program, Claudio Cristino, the island’s resident archaeologist;
William Liller, of the Easter Island Foundation; Patricia Vargas Casanova, of the
Easter Island Studies Institute at the University of Chile; and others offer their views
on moai, rongorongo tablets, the Birdman Cult, and the devastating effects of
overpopulation, to provide a captivating glimpse of a complex culture driven to
the brink of extinction.
Running Time: 51 minutes Part of the Series :
History's Artifacts: Separating Fact from Fiction
Notes: Should we fight all fires? Ecologists point to another side of fire—as one of
the key elements in healthy ecosystems, necessary and revitalizing. What would
happen to our forests if we did eliminate all wildfires?
Running Time: 120 min.
Producer: Magnolia Pictures
Notes: Food Inc. lifts the veil on the our nation's food industry,
exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful
of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the
livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own
Running Time: 91 min.
Global Warming, The Signs and The Science
Running Time: 60 minutes
An Inconvenient Truth
Producer: Paramount Studios
Notes: Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global
warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the
effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary of the year.
Running Time: 96 minutes
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH movie ws.pdf
Journey to Planet Earth
Notes: Film series of 12 movies "Rivers of Density", "The Urban Explosion",
"Land of Plenty, Land of Want", "On the Brink", "Seas of Grass", "Hot Zones",
"State of the Planet" and more.
Running Time: about 60 minutes each
Producer: Zeitgeist Films
Notes: MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on
the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed
for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling
yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from
civilization’s materials and debris.
Running Time: 90 minutes
March of the Penguins
Producer: Warner Home Video
Notes: The French wildlife filmmaker Luc Jacquet spent more than a year chronicling
the course of an emperor-penguin colony in Antarctica, and what he discovered
was a touching, self-sacrificing ritual of parenthood. Great for teaching about
behavioral ecology and sociobiology.
Running Time: 80 minutes
March of the Penguins.pdf
Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series
Running Time: 11, 55 minute episodes
Planet Earth Shalllow Seas.pdf
The Real Eve
Producer: Discovery Channel
Notes: Great for teaching biogeography concepts. Lesson plan on human forensics
Running Time: 103 minutes
Modern Marvels - Renewable Energy
Producer: The History Channel, A & E TV
Notes: Great for teaching about alternative energy sources.
Running Time: 60 minutes
Modern Marvels renewable energy.pdf
Producer: The Chronicles Group
Notes: Great for teaching about water resources and water problems around the
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: BYU Center for Economic Incentives
Notes: Gives a description of microfinance which helps destitute people in
underdeveloped countries get loans to start small businesses and improve
their economic state. More information can be found at -
Supervolcano - It's Under Yellowstone. And It's Overdue
Producer: Discovery Communications
Notes: Great for teaching basic geology, and an over view of one of our national
Running Time: 105 minutes
Who Killed the Electric Car
Producer: Sony Pictures
Notes: Great for teaching energy concepts.
Running Time: 93 minutes
Who Killed the Electric Car.pdf
World in the Balance - The Population Paradox
Notes: Great for teaching population dynamics.
Running Time: 120 minutes
World in the Balance.pdf
World in the Balance v2.pdf
Wolves, A Legend Returns to Yellowstone
Notes: Great for teaching conservation methods and consequences.
Running Time: 55 minutes
Wolves A Legend Returns to Yellowstone.pdf
NOVA - Magnetic Storm (2003)
NOVA - Magnetic Storm.pdf
Everything's Cool (2007)
Notes: Bullfrog Films is a US publisher of independently-produced, environmental
videos, that point the way to living healthily, happily, and with greater concern for the
other inhabitants of this planet, and for our descendants
Note- very interesting topics but I previewed
The Fires of the Amazon
but the sound was terrible-very homemade.
Blue Vinyl: The World's First Toxic Comedy (2002)
Empty Oceans, Empty Nets and Farming the Oceans
30 minutes (each)
Empty Nets DVD ws.pdf
The dramatic and touching story of thousands of adults, children, and generations of families who have been living and working in the largest and most toxic landfill in Central America, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump, over the last sixty years.
Running time: 38 minutes
Recycled Life questions.doc
Recycled Life questions.pdf
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.
Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
Producer: Science Channel
Running Time: ~50 min
Notes: A series that looks at how mutations and natural selection give rise to new species. I show New Zealand at the beginning of the Population Biology unit to demonstrate the roles of mutation, natural selection, drift, distance, etc. play in speciation. It also covers how plate tectonics and sea level change influenced speciation in that country (a nice tie-in to past topics).
I got it from iTunes for $1.99. Here's a link to a clip of the episode:
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