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Living in the Future's Past

Living in the Future’s Past

The big ideas swirling through Living in the Future’s Past all boil down to a simple premise: our response to climate change is predicated on environmental ambivalence, especially the cycle of panic and complacency that inhibits thoughtful long-term planning.

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba is an artist, a symbol, and a woman in the fractured documentary Mama Africa, but never all three at once. Mika Kaurismäki toggles between these roles in his 2011 biography of the South African singer and civil rights activist.

Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story

Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story

Documentarians Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre take fellow Australians to task for their treatment of kangaroos, the free-roaming indigenous animals that elicit loathing as much as wonderment.

Soufra

Soufra

Mariam Shaar is a problem-solver – she has to be. After starting the catering company Soufra (it translates as something like “a bountiful dining table”) to provide work for refugee women, Shaar finds that the food industry offers more than sustenance.

A River Below

A River Below

The intoxicating A River Below contains elements of immersive nature documentaries and shocking wildlife exposes, but director Mark Grieco’s profile of two driven conservationists tells a more slippery tale.