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Elemental. Go Project Films, 2012. 93 min.
There’s more than one way to be an environmental warrior. And some approaches work better than others. Elemental follows the stories of three environmental advocates united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most dire ecological issues affecting their respective communities. This isn’t only a story about plight and pollution, however. Rather, Gayatri Roshan’s and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee’s documentary works best as a character-driven study of eco-activism’s do’s and don’ts.
The thing about Elemental
Elemental premiered in 2012 at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was lauded throughout the film festival circuit. The film has wide geographic appeal — highlighting environmental justice issues from Australia to India and North America. But the film’s strengths come from the appeal of its take-away lesson: Big or small, eco-battles take all kinds of fighters. The viewer leaves with the sense that, if these three individuals manage to keep their spirits up in the face of great opposition and challenge, then surely I too can push for change in my own town — in my own way — and learn to leave doubt and discouragement at the door.Screenings webpage
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