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Water Song

Vital Voices: Hawa Abdi

I'll take it from here... Because I'm a Girl

Hummingbird [excerpt from dirt! THE MOVIE]

Credit: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow and Eleonore Dailly

Winning Films

Vital Voices: Hawa Abdi

Produced by:Aaron Kisner
Dr. Hawa Abdi is Somalia's first female gynecologist. When the central government collapsed in 1989, Dr. Abdi's one-room clinic on her family farm began treating and housing local people fleeing the fighting.

I'll take it from here... Because I'm a Girl

Produced by:Raj Yagnik, Shona Hamilton
One in three girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict or discrimination.
Hummingbird [excerpt from dirt! THE MOVIE]
Producer: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow and Eleonore Dailly
Wangari Maathai shares a simple story to illustrate a powerful point.

Water Song

Producer: Mill Valley Film Group/Will Parrinello
Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, stood up to Newmont Mining Corporation!

Walk Again Project

Produced by:AASDAP and Lente Viva Filmes
Dr. Nicolelis is also founder of the Walk Again Project, an international consortium of scientists and engineers, dedicated to the development of an exoskeleton device to assist severely paralyzed patients in regaining full body mobility.

Sea Fever

Produced by:Tim Davies
A poetic & musical expression of connecting to the mighty sea.

Facebook Stories - The Conditioned

Producer: Facebook Stories - Michael Marantz
Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless in Brazil, for nearly 35 years. In April 2011, he was befriended by a young woman named Shalla Monteiro. Impressed by his poetry she created a Facebook Page to feature Raimundo’s writing. Neither could have expected what happened next.

Waves for Water

Producer: Aaron Flynn & HURLEY
Waves for Water's mission is to get access to clean water to those in need around the world.

One World One Ocean

Producer: MacGillivray Freeman Films

One World One Ocean campaign inspires stewardship of the sea.

About Dan Eldon

Producer: Jason Russell
Dan Eldon was a photojournalist who used his creativity to effect positive change for those in need. He was killed while on assignment in Somalia, but his spirit lives on in the Creative Visions Foundation, founded by his mother and sister.


Producer: Paul Lazarus

Best known for his Segway Personal Transporter, inventor Dean Kamen is taking on great challenges one invention at a time. SlingShot is the story of Kamen, his water purification technology, and his innovative approach to the safe water crisis.

Mobilize Me

Producer: Jacob Seigel-Boettner
The first in a series of five shorts about the power of the bicycle. Produced for World Bicycle Relief on location in Zambia.

Curt Lowens: A Life of changes

Producer: Justin Binder, August Blum, Robert Carlson, Levi Glaser, George Khabba...
The Righteous Conversations Digital Storytelling Workshop brings to the screen Holocaust Survivor Curt Lowens' story of escape and resistance during World War II.

Bella Gaia

Producer: Kenji Williams
Bella Galia means Beautiful Earth. Producer Kenji Williams came up with the idea after meeting an astronaut who lived on a space station for 6 months.

Hands Up Don't Shoot

Producer: RAP ARTIST:Queen McElrath, DIRECTOR: Aniea Cody, PRODUCER: Todd Young ...
Nashville students, Queen McElrath and team show love and talent for Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson Missouri.

Biblioburro: The Donkey Library

Producer: Valentina Canavesio
Luis Soriano, a teacher in the small town of La Gloria, Colombia, travels on the back of his donkey, bringing with him books for children of the rural communities...

Lost and Found [Trailer]

Producer: Sandy Cummings
'Lost and Found' is about a couple, former teachers from Oregon. who travel to Uganda on a whim and fall in love with a group of orphans who would turn their world upside-down.

The Dream of Life - Alan Watts

Producer: Isaac Blencowe
Visualizing an inspiring and profound speech from the late Alan Watts.

Right To Play - [Excerpt]

Produced by:Frank Marshall
Olympian Johann Olav Koss embarked on a remarkable journey to use sports to improve the lives of African children.

The Kelp Lady

Producer: Anabelle Vo
The Kelp Lady features marine biologist Nancy Caruso.

Saving the Canyon with Mary Fegraus

Producer: Wendy Milette
Mary Fegraus is a respected Laguna Beach resident due to her tireless efforts to preserve the Laguna Greenbelt.

Erica Fernandez: The Tool of Protest

Producer: The Center for Advancing Unity & The Working Group
A young girl defends her community for corporate polluters.

Azim Khamisa: The Tool of Forgiveness

Produced by:The Institute for Advancing Unity/The Working Group
A grieving father overcomes tragedy by creating something beautiful in his son's name - Tariq Khamisa.

Slater Jewell-Kemker: Youth Reporter and Activist Filmmaker

Producer: The Unity Center
Slater Jewell-Kemker is inspired to use media for expressing her activist voice.


Produced by:Ryan Coogler
A touching story that reminds us not to be limited by preconceived notions.

ABC Miracle Workers

Producer: DreamWorks Television and Renegade 83: The My Hero Media Award
Dr. Holland, an opthalmologist helped Todd Heritage, blind since childhood, to see again.

More great films

The Ocean We Want To Know

Producer: Macgillivray Freeman Films
One World One Ocean's new animated video celebrates the wonders of the ocean with stunning facts about our connection to the planet's lifeline.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell - excerpt

Producer: Abigail Disney (Producer) and Gini Reticker (Director)
This important documentary sheds light on the "Womens Peace Movement of Liberia," and celebrates these unsung heroes. (excerpt)

A Declaration of Interdependence

Produced by:Global participants
Award Winning Director Tiffany Shlain crowd sources her revision of the Declaration of Independence as A Declaration of Interdependence!

Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone

Produced by:Skip Blumberg
A post-9/11 portrait of a young girl who baked and served cookies to the workers coming and going to the World Trade Center site. First aired on WGBH and Zoom's program America's Kids Respond

FAMBUL TOK (Family Talk) [Trailer]

Produced by:Sara Terry
Using the safety of the family circle to heal a nation.

Seva Origins

Producer: Will Parrinello
Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning "selfless service." It is helping others as a spiritual practice. To date, this organization has saved the eyesight of over 3.5 million people who would otherwise have gone blind.

No Child Left Deprived

Producer: Mark Manalo
A young, inner-city public school student named Jaden takes a stand against his principal after the school's art teacher has been fired for choosing to teach art instead of the state-mandated, standardized test.

Losing Nemo

Producer: Produced by: TÃnde Vollenbroek / Directed by: Douwe van der Werf
Most people are aware that the oceans aren't doing so well, but what is going on exactly?

Thembi's Diary

Producer: Jisoo Kim
A wonderful evocation of a young African's refusal to let AIDS define her life.

Composition For Sustained Rain

Producer: Groupo Humus from ARGENTINA
The leaks of a house become the perfect excuse for an aquatic symphony.

Playing For Change: Peace Through Music

Producer: Mark Johnson & Jonathan Walls
Playing for Change | Peace through Music

Turning The Tide

Producer: Peter Stonier & John Martin
Life originates from sea. Now the ocean needs us. It is our moment to turn the tide.

Don't Give it All Away

Producer: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Slater uses this wonderful song by World Party to promote youth activism.

Florence Jones: Embrace Culture

Produced by:The Institute for Advancing Unity/The Working Group
A spiritual leader fights to preserve the culture of her people.

About Ron Kovic

Producer: The MY HERO Project
Ron Kovic is veteran, author, artist, and speaker who has spent decades advocating for peace.

Mr. Blue Sky

Produced by:Michael Patterson & Candace Reckinger - Song by ELO
An imaginative interpretation of the ELO song Mr. Blue Sky.

The Chameleon's True Colors

Producer: Carolyn Downie
A colorful chameleon learns to be himself in a fun song that celebrates diversity, individuality and friendship.

The Class of Rowdies

Nitin Das
What happens when a young teacher meets a class of rowdies?


Producer: Sam Chegini
Story of a traveller who is asking herself symbolic questions about the meaning of life along the road.

Eagle Eyes

Producer: Will Parrinello
Overcoming a history of traumatic violence, Ruth Buendía united the Asháninka people in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have once again uprooted indigenous communities still recovering from Peru’s devastating civil war.

The Last Iceman of Chimborazo

Producer: Gabriela Lozada Pozo
For over 50 years, Baltazar Ushca has harvested the ice of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo. His job is disappearing along with the glacier.

Synthetic Seas

Producer: Jody Lemmon
13 people from different walks of life board a research vessel to explore the South Atlantic Gyre and learn more about the constantly worsening problem of plastic pollution.


Producer: Logan Cascia - Music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Tommy Carroll Dreams, Believes, and Achieves in this heartwarming, documentary-adapted music video. Music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

ECO Hero Rap

Producer: Wendy Milette & Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
Students in the Celebrate ECO Heroism Program at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club collaborated on this song with the help of musician, Stu Pearlman.

Heartbeat of the Earth

Producer: The Dreamteam
The Earth needs us and we need the Earth.

Picture the World

Producer: The Dreamteam
Picture A World of Peace


Organizer created on 1/8/2015 7:59:09 AM by Wendy Milette

Last edited 12/26/2018 1:06:27 PM by Anthony Pouw