iwonder: April highlights
Doco streaming platform iwonder is honouring Earth Day all month.
Throughout April documentary streaming platform iwonder is honouring Earth Day, which falls on April 22, and earthday.org’s mission to mobilise the world to take action against climate change.
Two new series and a multi award-winning documentary film make their way to iwonder this month: ‘Green Warriors’ and ‘Green Cops’ follow the exploits of activists putting their lives at risks to uncover and prevent environmental abuses by some of the world’s most sinister groups. While ‘Trashed’ sees acclaimed actor Jeremy Irons embark on a journey to combat unchecked consumerism.
This April’s iwonder What Top Five then takes a close look at animals and natural resources under threat, why we seem to be unable to prevent endangered species being pushed to the brink of extinction, and why the world needs to change course before it’s too late.
A six-part series of scientific investigations into environmental scandals facing the planet, investigative journalist Martin Boudot tracks down the big environmental scandals around the world: contaminated rivers, air pollution, toxic waste, illegal exploitation of resources, poaching of endangered species, and more. Armed with his drone, Martin gets around obstacles and outsmarts bans to reveal what some people are trying to hide: a factory that discharges its polluted water into a river, a toxic mining waste site located next to a residential area, and even poisoned villages next to soybean plantations. In the episode ‘Indonesia, The World’s Most Polluted River’, a reporter teams up with international scientists to investigate the causes and consequences of the pollution endangering the lives of 14 million Indonesians who rely on the Citarum river.
All around the world, specialised units of commandos and rangers are fighting the enemies of the environment. Their mission is to break up gangs, often genuine mafias with henchmen, who shamelessly and illegally exploit the planet’s resources. This action-packed six-part series follows team members in their daily lives and out in the field, tackling toxic waste trafficking by Italy’s mafia, deforestation in Columbia, toxic-spilling gold extraction in French Guyana, rhino poaching in South Africa, illegal fishing in Indonesia, and animal trafficking in Cameroon.
Trashed is an environmental documentary film, written and directed by British film-maker Candida Brady. It follows actor Jeremy Irons as he investigates the global scale and impact of humanity’s modern wasteful consumerism and pollution. The film is a call for urgent action to resolve the issue of existing deposits and drastically reduce our consumption towards sustainable levels and zero waste, while also demonstrating how this is already being achieved successfully in many communities around the world. Nominated for the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this probing documentary is a multi-award winner, including the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Maui Film Festival, the Special Documentary Award at the Paris Environmental Film Festival, and Grand Prix Winner at the Kiev International Documentary Film Festival.
April 22nd marks Earth Day, and its mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for the planet. The Earth Day 2022 Theme is ‘Invest in Our Planet’, with earthday.org suggesting 52 ways everyone can take a small action to make a big difference this April 22nd. Find out more at earthday.org