Life, Land and Justice in Uganda

Lake of Wrath.

Kalangala, Lake Victoria, Uganda.

John Muniishya lived every day of his life beside one of the world’s greatest natural tourist attractions. Then the bulldozers tore through his small farm, sweeping him and the entire local community from their land. In the Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria, corporate bulldozers have cleared vast swathes of jungle to plant palm oil, cutting through not only the local environment, but the communities that tended to its sustainable jungle farms. Land grabs and the destruction of nature in beautiful locations such as this are driven by ever-increasing demand for resources in Europe and the developed world.

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Reaching Albion

Journey of a lifetime.

Filmed in Calais, France.

Migrants wash up against the Calais borders like flotsam upon the beach. They are unwanted travellers, their journeys begun amid the fire of war and the deaths of their families, and ending with the slap of cold wind that strikes the Calais fences each night. They have travelled so far upon this dream of a better place that they have no choice but to continue. So they risk their lives each night on the journey of a lifetime, even as thousands of tourists shunt through the Eurotunnel to the clink of champagne and a weekend away.

Directed by: Jack Chute

Bigger than Life

Inside the Lost Palaces of Ice.

Filmed in Alaska, USA.

Slide down a stream into an icy chasm. Float above an ice wall on a cushion of air. Some places we were never meant to go, but with a professional drone camera, anything is possible. This film takes us out on tiny wings to stare into the eye of a glacial beast.

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Dreams of the open road.

Filmed on the Pacific Coast Road, USA.

The world is a place that many will never see. But even a desk toy can dream of the open road. It can climb aboard a paper Cadillac and set a course for the Pacific Coast on Google Street View. In this animated short film a lonely toy steps into the light of a creaking sunlamp to drive upon a road he will never see, amid the silent monuments of a locked office. He experiences the world entirely by computer, at once free to roam and forever trapped. Travel really is the ultimate privilege.

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Music by: The Cinematic Orchestra

The High Line

The park that invented itself.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

The High Line park in New York City was not dreamed up by an urban planner. This abandoned freight line was colonised by passing seeds that floated through wind and smog to settle and grow amid the railway sleepers, undisturbed by human touch. Nature planted a prairie road atop steel girders, cutting through New York city blocks as Roman legions once cut through forests. Its soft grasses and urban decay drew a following. From 2009–2011 this strange urban caterpillar was reopened as a public park, principally supported by volunteers and charitable donations, its melancholic passageway through New York City now readopted, the problem child finally valued for its inner beauty. It was the definition of an urban wilderness, though its reclamation has returned the gardener’s order to its chaos.

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For a taste of what the High Line looks like today, watch this.

The First 70

Saving the state’s parks.

Filmed in California, USA.

A couple of years ago a few committed souls devoted their time to saving California’s state parks. It all started with going to see the first 70 due for closure. In 2014, the state budget started to redress the situation, but they still have a long road to recover the billion dollar deficit. If you’re not sure why it’s worth spending money on preserving your natural and historic heritage, this video may be for you.

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New York Farm City

Rooftop farming.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

You might not expect to find a farm atop an NYC office block. How do you run a farm all the way up there anyway? Do you carry the produce up and down in an elevator? Do you use the subway for distribution?
Market gardening and city allotments are common in the UK, or Cuba, where small-scale city farming has long been a feature of society. But given the extreme centralisation and homogenisation of food production in the USA, this film makes for an interesting insight into agricultural subculture in the Big Apple.

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Cracow

The city that sheds seasons.

Filmed in Cracow, Poland.

Cracow wears each season like a new coat, its barren winter parks discarded for the latest summer fashions of yellow and green. Spare a thought for Cracow’s ancient monuments, which quietly watch the seasons roll by. In this short time-lapse film, the city emerges from winter to frolic in spring and summer, kick up the leaves of autumn and the snows of winter. It is a stunning expression of the changing character of a city in thrall to the elements.

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Music by: Piano Chocolate

Everybody Street

Samurai Street Photographers.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

Join a raft of notable photographers and become a flea on New York’s belly for a few stolen moments. The true character of NYC runs deeper than the smiling families, bright colours and sunny days of its promotional tourism videos. But travelling beneath the surface of society requires incredible perseverance and a constant eye, where each moment is sought out to its occasionally dangerous end. Take a sip of surreal New York from the cup of those who truly know her streets.

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