Film series: Environmental Action on Screen

scene from the film UTAMA
UTAMA (2022, dir. Alejandro Loayza Grisi)

Honoring Cornell’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and reducing climate risk, this series features four films from the past year that address the global climate crisis. 

By featuring a dynamic mix of documentaries and fiction features, the series aims to celebrate the varied ways that artists are embracing filmmaking as a tool for environmental activism.


Matter Out of Place
Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:00pm

Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2022 Austria)
Waste on the shores, waste on the mountains—a meditative film about rubbish, which has spread across the world, to the most remote corners of the planet. Subtitled. 1 hr 40 min

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 5:00pm 

Directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi (2022 Bolivia/Uruguay/France)
In the Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily life for years. During an uncommonly long drought, Virginio and his wife Sisa face a dilemma: resist or be defeated by the environment and time itself. Subtitled. 1 hr 27 min

Dry Ground Burning
Saturday, March 25 at 7:00pm

Directed by Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós (2022 Portugal/Brazil)
Just released from prison, Léa returns home to the Brasilia favela of Sol Nascente and joins up with her half-sister Chitara, the fearless leader of an all-female gang that steals and refines oil from underground pipes and sells gasoline to a clandestine network of motorcyclists. 

How to Blow Up a Pipeline
Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 7:00pm

Directed by Daniel Goldhaber (2022 USA)
A crew of environmental activists plot a daring plan to disrupt an oil pipeline in this film adaptation of the controversial book by Andreas Malm.  1 hr 43 min

Featuring producer Adam Wyatt Tate in person!


[Due to unforeseen circumstances, our screening of All That Breathes on Thursday, March 9 has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule this screening to a later date.]

Related films

Scene from the film Matter Out of Place

Matter Out of Place


Scene from the film Utama



scene from the film DRY GROUND BURNING

Dry Ground Burning



How To Blow Up a Pipeline