This pandemic hit pause on the entire world. Commercial flights are now grounded. Economies creak to a standstill. Oil is trading in negative sums for the first time. This Earth Day offers a chance to reflect on our relationship to our environment.


Yet this is only a fleeting moment in the life of our Earth. We understand that we'll have to wait and see in what ways this crisis reforms our relationship to our global ecosystem — for better or for worse, through direct or indirect means. This Earth Day offers a chance to reflect on the state of things, and on our direct relationship to our environment.

It is in this spirit that we present The Environment and Us, a specially curated program about exactly this relationship. Given the enormity of our historical moment, we wanted to retrace our steps a little, to rethink unthinking assumptions about our relationship to soil, to fresh air, to the animals and plants around us.

For many of us, lockdown has divorced us from our natural surroundings. These are films that push us to confront these thoughts and sensations in a cinematic way. These are lives lived in some harmonious way with surroundings, so that both the good and bad are felt.

Our environment is us, these films seem to say, and any injury inflicted on it by human industry is as real as any direct laceration onto our flesh.

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