Against the Wind

6 films in this block • 73 minutes

The Films

An Imperfect Advocate

  • Year 2020
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 20 min
  • Director Jim Aikman

In the rarified air of the world’s wildest mountains, alpinist Graham Zimmerman has seen firsthand the effects of human-driven climate change on the world. And he has been forced to acknowledge that he is complicit in destroying these places that he loves​. Despite his own carbon footprint, Graham decides that he must take action and joins Protect Our Winters, an advocacy group that enlists him in the fight against Climate Change.

Win(d) Over Cancer

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director Andrew Jowett

Subject in Attendance

When the world closed, our waters opened and so did an opportunity for this crew of kids to make a difference. Follow our crew of kids as they compete in a sailboat race to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A race against all adults, professionals, and mother nature herself.

Nibi: The fight for water, rights and a way of life

  • Year 2021
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 15 min
  • Director Ben Cole

While there has been a widespread focus on the controversy of Line 5, this film takes a closer look into perhaps one of the most often overlooked, yet most important perspectives on this issue - that of Michigan’s indigenous communities. From the perspective of Michigan tribal members, scientific researchers, and legal experts we explore what is truly at stake for Michigan’s native tribes. As the original inhabitants of the land, and with protected treaty rights to the Great Lakes and the Straits of Mackinac these perspectives must be shared, along with the responsibility the state of Michigan has in protecting these rights along with the Great Lakes."

Our Common Home

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Mykhailo Bogdanov

Filmmaker in Attendance

A captivating illustration of Catholic recognition of climate change as an environmental and social problem.

The Unwanted Visitor

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 16 min

Ted Nolan has barely worked in the NHL after winning its Coach of the Year award in 1997. Despite a sometimes turbulent relationship with those in the league, Nolan believes he should be coaching in the NHL. So why is he on the outside, looking in?

On A Wing and a Prayer

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Dominic Gill

Filmmaker in Attendance

Photographer Ben Depp has set out to chronicle the wetlands in a series of aerial photographs that he captures with the help of a paramotor that he straps to his back. From above he has become acutely aware of the vast network of pipeline canals which are reportedly responsible for up to 30% of the land loss. In this episode we take a trip to the barrier islands where Ben flies his glider and observes the recent restoration that the state has put into rebuilding the land in this area.