|Directed by||Marty Ostrow, Terry Kay Rockefeller|
|Produced by||Marty Ostrow, Terry Kay Rockefeller|
Renewal, a 2008 documentary film, is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. Directed and produced by American filmmakers Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller, the film includes eight stories that represent the growing religious-environmental movement. Each story is set in a different religious-tradition, addressing a different environmental concern. Renewal began airing on public television stations in the United States in April, 2009.
The eight stories in Renewal are:
- A Crime Against Creation: Evangelicals bear witness to mountaintop removal mining and the destruction of Appalachia (11:20 min.)
- Going Green: GreenFaith in New Jersey helps congregations take the first steps to environmental action (14:20 min)
- Food for Faith: Muslim tradition and charity forge bonds between urban communities and sustainable farms in Illinois (14:50 min)
- Ancient Roots: The Teva Learning Center and Adamah in Connecticut bring environmental education together with Jewish tradition (17:30 min)
- Compassion in Action: Green Sangha, a Buddhist community in northern California, leads a campaign to save trees (11:10 min)
- Eco-Justice: The Holy Spirit inspires a battle against industrial contamination in small-town Mississippi (11:30 min)
- Sacred Celebration: Catholics and Native Americans embrace religious ritual in a struggle to protect New Mexico’s land and water (9:30 min)
- Interfaith Power and Light: Across America people of all faiths mount a religious response to global warming (9:25 min)
- In honor of World Environment Day 2008, Renewal was screened at the United Nations.
- Renewal is featured in Humane Society of the United States’ “All Creatures Great and Small Campaign.”
- Voted “Best of Fest” at the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival in Seattle.
- Screened by over 1000 Interfaith Power and Light-affiliated congregations, in 29 states.
- Showcased as a workshop at Bioneers by the Bay, a conference dedicated to visionary and practical solutions for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants.
- An official selection of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival and National Tour, the largest environmental film festival in the United States, a festival for activists by activists.
The Renewal DVD includes the 90-minute sequence of the eight stories, as well as uncut stand-alone versions of the stories. It is being promoted as a flexible tool for community action groups, congregations, religious and environmental organizations.
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