Movies

ETC Editor's Notes:I'm not sure if these movies are technically "Ecozoic" (what would an "Ecozoic" film be, anyway?), but they are very well-told stories that question or demonstrate human-Earth relations.

David Abram and Alliance for Wild Ethics 's recommends these films: (from http://www.wildethics.com/we-recommend.html)

Ten Canoes (directed by Rolf de Heer, with David Gulpilil, 2006, NR)
A dazzling glimpse into old aboriginal traditions and lifeways in northern Australia, and a beautiful illustration of the magic of storytelling.

ETC Editor's Notes: A great, quiet experience. Big human drama set in the Abo bush. It is a story within a story (maybe within yet another story but my modern mind happily lost rack). The natural world is really the star with the human in a supporting role.  A good role reversal to experience. No wardrobe department was needed for this film.

Princess Mononoke (directed by Hayao Miyazake, 1997, PG-13)
An animated and animistic masterpiece by Hayao Miyazake, exploring the interdependence of magic and nature, and the revolt of the forest spirits against the spread of human technology.

ETC Editor's Notes: With delightful and surprising turns, I'll bet a dollar that the recent computer-graphic focused "Avatar" (2009) (which I did not care for) was based on this easy-to-watch film.

Spirited Away (directed by Hayao Miyazake, 2001, PG)
Another tour de force by Miyazake, drawing upon the old oral traditions of Japan but set in the present. As suburban sprawl is encroaching on the last wild holdouts of the nature-spirits, a young girl gets caught between the worlds.

ETC Editor's Notes: Fantastically animated, this film reminds me of "The Wizard of Oz" for its plot twists and cool but weird characters.The Spirit of the River makes has a cameo.

The New World (directed by Terence Malick, 2005, PG-13)
A visually sumptuous and poetic exploration of some of the earliest contact between Native North American and European cultures, during the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, circa 1607.

ETC Editor's Notes: Could this have been what "first contact" was like? I couldn't help thinking of Thomas Berry's words suggesting that the North American continent would have shuddered if it knew what destruction and suffering the European's would unleash upon it. I know the "settlers" lived in unimaginably miserable conditions because they could not "read" or understand the abundance surrounding them. This is well dramatized in the film. My college archaeology field work focused on this very era and location: Flowerdew Hundred, Virginia http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/jamesriver/flo.htm