Welcome to the

Global Freshwaters Summit Virtual Film Festival

In partnership with the Global Being Foundation, the Missouri History Museum and the Rights of Nature movement

Interactive learning journeys

FIFTEEN award-winning documentary films

FREE streams select films

NEW releases on-demand


FILMMAKER interviews

Panels with passionate planetary CITIZENS

Educational and take action RESOURCES

Select your own engagement streams

Go at your own pace


Free films for private viewing were available for event registrants during Earth Week, April 16 – 23, 2021.

Now anyone can access the films on demand and for free, as well as enjoy our playlist of recorded sessions.


State of the River

Troubled Waters – Mississippi River Story
Larkin McPhee, Barbara Coffin. Produced by Bell Museum of Natural History
Join the film discussion moderated by Don Shelby with Tracy Fredin and John G Shephard
Monday, 4/19 at 8:30 pm CT (6:30 pm PT)


Two days only – INVISIBLE HAND:  Who will speak for nature?
Directors: Joshua B. Pribanic, Melissa Troutman
Join the film discussion hosted by Jessica Watson & Bob Henkel of earthday365 featuring Invisible Hand Directors,
Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa Troutman
Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 pm CT (4:00 pm PT)

Protecting the River

Rights of Nature: A Global Movement
Producers: Issac Goeckeritz, Hal Crimmel, María Valeria Berros
Join the discussion moderated by Don Shelby with Marsha Moutrei, former City Attorney, Santa Monica, CA co-author Rights of Nature legislation, and Dr. Alessandro Pelizzon – Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
Wednesday, April 21 at 8:30 pm CT (6:30 pm PT)

Food and Agriculture

Kiss the Ground
Directors | Producers: Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Josh Tickell
Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson
Seven Rivers Walking
Filmmaker: Gaylene Barnes
Troubled Waters
Yaara Bou Melhem reporting from New Zealand
Join the film discussion moderated by Jodi Gustafson with Mike Tiatoko and Erin Matariki Carr
Thursday April 22, 7:00 pm CT (5:00 pm PT)

Lifestyles in Harmony with Nature

Directed & Produced by: Brittany App
Join the discussion moderated by Thea La Grou with Director Brittany App, Mark Dubois, Clare Dubois – Tree Sisters, Florencia Ramirez – Author Eat Less Water, and Chief Caleen Sisk – Chief Winnemem Wintu Tribe
Friday, April 23 at 7 pm CT (5:00 pm PT)

Pollution and Privitization

Dark Waters Starring: Mark Ruffalo / Ann Hathaway
There’s Something in the Water – Directed by Elliot Page and Ian Daniel
River Blue
White Water Black Gold
Flow: for the Love of Water
A Rivers Last Chance

River Stories

Chasing Water – Peter McBride
Colorado River – Peter McBride
Water Flows Together
Guardians of the River
The story of Plastic – Where Your Recycled Plastic Ends Up
World’s Most Polluted River
Last Call at the Oasis


Your registration includes a Global Freshwaters Summit invitation

Your Films for the Planet registration comes with an invitation from our Global Freshwaters Summit partner to also join the summit free of charge.

Watch free films from April 16-23, and go at your own pace engaging with Films for the Planet’s film program alongside the summits scheduled speaker program. Replays will be compiled at a later time, however the free films are only available for a limited time. Our program is designed to catalyze conversation and compliment the summits’ themes.
For Summit Schedule CLICK HERE



• Kim Lutz, Executive Director, America’s Watershed Initiative
• Olivia Dorothy, Director, Upper Mississippi River Basin, American Rivers
• John Dawes, Executive Director, The Chesapeake Commons
• Mary Culler, Executive Director, Missouri Stream Teams Watershed Coalition
• Suzi Steer, Education and Alliances, TreeSisters
• Dr. Sharon Deem, Director, Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine
• Colin Wellencamp, Executive Director, Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative
• Erica Williams, Founder and Executive Director, A Red Circle
• Collen Suter, Environmental Programs Manager, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
• Grant Wilson, Earth Law Center
• Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Law Professor Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
• Monti Aguirre, International Rivers
• Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
• Emma Kleus, Vice President of Communications and Outreach, Great Rivers Greenway
• Heru Adeleke, Heru Urban Farming
• Rachel Bartels, Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper
• Sara Cavagnero, Executive Director, ren collective
• Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Gardens Earthways Center


15+ Documentaries
Free and On-demand


Films for the Planet Free Rooted in Peace

Dark Waters
Mark Ruffalo / Ann Hathaway Drama based on a true story

There’s Something in the Water
Directors / Producers: Elliot Page, Ian Daniel

Seven Rivers Walking
Filmmaker:  Gaylene Barnes

Chasing Water
Pete McBride 

Last Call at the Oasis
  Water Flows Together
Story of Plastic

Films for the Planet
WORLD’S WATER category

Films for the Planet Free Rooted in Peace

River Blue
A Rivers Last Chance
White Water Black Gold
Flow: for the Love of Water
Two Rivers

World Water Law


Tarek Mounib Free Trip to Egypt

The proposal for a World Water Law invites all of humanity to unite around the radical healing of the planetary Waters and Water cycle. This foundational Law works to ensure that all humans and animals have guaranteed access to natural, uncontaminated Water. It holds every government, corporation, community and individual fully accountable for their impact on Water. The World Water Law activates an exponential whole-system healing response that addresses many of the root causes of our escalating global challenges.


Tarek Mounib Free Trip to Egypt
Tarek Mounib Free Trip to Egypt
Tarek Mounib Free Trip to Egypt
Tarek Mounib Free Trip to Egypt
Kiss the ground Woody Harrelson


JOIN the FREE Virtual Film Festival April 16-23

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email (check your spam folder).  We will send an email with the film program link as soon as it becomes available.

Can’t attend the summit?  No worries! Watch FREE films from April 16-23 and check your email for session replays.



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