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

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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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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Town of Runners

The town possessed by itchy feet.

Filmed in Bekoji, Ethiopia.

As dawn rises in Bekoji, the farms are quiet, save for the scrape of dust from a rooster’s claws and the footsteps of hundreds of runners. Everyone in Bekoji is obsessed with running. In any other town, it would be madness. A story of survival and obsession that drives people from mudhuts and subsistence farming all the way to eight Olympic gold medals, ten world records and 32 world championship wins. Directed by Jerry Rothwell.
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HILL

The Packard Plant resident.

Filmed in Detroit, Michigan.

Allan Hill lives in the world’s largest abandoned building. He shares his home with birds, raccoons and the creep of nature through the plant’s windows; they lie agape as if still in shock from abandonment. 
”In 20 years people won’t even know this place. Young people will say, ‘Well, what’s a Packard? What’s a Chevrolet? What’s a Honda?’ I guess that’s all done in the name of progress. Sometimes I look at myself and look at this place here… and it looks like a perfect marriage.”
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America’s Dead Sea

Sun, sea and toxic waste.

Filmed in Salton Sea, California.

Dead eyes stare up in their thousands from the arsenic-crusted golden sands. Somewhere among the peeling paint, rusting caravans and acres of rotting fish is the old Salton, the jewel of the desert. The people have left, leaving behind the skeletons of a flashflood tourism industry beside pesticide polluted waters. But the sea is diminishing, the shores exposed to air, and the wind lifting the contaminated soil to cast an environmental disaster over California.
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