1st Edition

Ecology Documentaries
Their Function and Value Seen Through the Lens of Doughnut Economics

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ISBN 9781032131627
November 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 15 Color & 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This companion piece to Susan Hayward’s Film Ecology focuses on ecology-documentaries produced in the first 20 years of the new millennia (2000-2019). 

Using Kate Raworth’s regenerative economic theoretical model as set out in Doughnut Economics, this book examines 57 films emanating from Europe and the four areas of concern they raise about energy-production, pollution and waste-management, agribusiness, disrupted ecosystems and the migratory flow. These ecology documentaries make explicit the damage done to our planet thanks to growth capitalism and neoliberal globalisation. But they also provide the evidence that solutions to this planetary abuse exist. The book demonstrates how these documentaries reveal the process of humankind’s planetary plundering, and explores the structuring of the eco-doc as a new generic type in the domain of documentary practice. Using Raworth’s model allows us to measure the tentacular extent of the planetary harm growth economics induces and, too, by way of contrast, perceive how regenerative economics can work to redress this harm, heal the Earth and make it a safe place for humanity.

This book is ideal for film studies scholars and students, including those teaching or studying film practice, documentary film, European cinema and environmental studies, as well as economists interested in regenerative economic models. It also has general appeal to all who are concerned about some of the major causes of planetary degradation and its impact on humanity and Earth.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: ENERGY — Crude Awakenings — extractive energy sources versus regenerative energy practices

Chapter Two: Waste… Means … Money… and Suffocating the Earth — The Human Practice of Pollution

Chapter Three — Bad-Husbandry versus Earth-as-Provender, a tale of two cultures: Agribusiness’ monocultural-monopolies and Agroecology’s pluriculturalism

Chapter Four — The effects of disrupted ecosystems, the migratory flow and the unsafe, inhumane space of the unheard


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Susan Hayward is Emeritus Professor of Cinema Studies at Exeter University. She is the author of numerous books on French Cinema and Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (now in its fifth edition).