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Insights from an Impact Conversation Gone Global

On the one hand, President Obama dubbed this weekend’s historic climate change agreement in Paris “a turning point for the world.” On the other, it “didn’t save the planet,” according to environmental activist Bill McKibben. However, “it may have saved the chance of saving the planet.”

Either way, there’s much more to be said and done—and these are no small stakes. Billions of philanthropic dollars have already flowed into environmental research and initiatives. Media is crucial in this sector, both to advance advocacy around solutions and to report on the real human consequences of related shifts in weather, air quality, and food systems, among other topics.

In November, MIF and Vulcan Productions convened leading funders and producers to discuss a slate of ambitious projects on related issues, and examine how best to both build and evaluate their impact.

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The Look of Silence

Produced with support from the Bertha Foundation, The Freedom of Expression Foundation, and the Finnish Film Foundation, Joshua Oppenheimer’s new documentary The Look of Silence follows a 44-year-old optometrist named Adi Rukun who confronts the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Read more


Moving Walls 21

Moving Walls is the annual documentary photography exhibition produced by the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project. The 2013-2014 show featured a diverse group of works covering a wide range of issues. Read more


The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Director and Co-Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer Producer: Sygne Byrge Sørensen Website: Funding Key Funder: Anonymous The filmmakers write: “We could not have done this without our outreach funder. We do not have money for this kind of outreach, and we would never be able to raise that kind of money out of a film budget. But please note […]

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Cesar Chavez

A cinematic portrayal of famed labor organizer Cesar E. Chavez, focusing on Chavez’s fearless determination in organizing the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his ultimate goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California. Read more


The E-Team

This documentary follows the Emergencies Team — or E-Team — the boots on the ground division of a respected, international human rights group. Read more


God Loves Uganda

As an American-influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. Read more


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