James Cameron’s eco-fiction Avatar The Way of Water” is vying for best picture at the Oscars

From the hazy skies of New Delhi to the melting sea ice of Siberia, “All That Breathes” and “Hallowout” each use complex, local stories to shine a global spotlight on man’s destruction of nature here on Earth.

siblings filmmaker Maxim Arbugaev

Sibling filmmakers Maxim Arbugayev and Evgeniya Arbugaeva are the first indigenous Yakut filmmakers to nominated for an Oscar with “Halout,” which follows the devastating impact of the climate crisis on walrus populations by a scientist in Siberia. Short The film, which has very little dialogue, begins with stunning shots and rumbling audio of stark, windswept Arctic coastline, as marine biologist Maxim Chikalev waits patiently from his hut for walruses to arrive.

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Result of sea ice loss

Suddenly 100,000 rotting mammoths appear outside his hut, crammed together on the beach. It’s an initially mesmerizing spectacle, but later we learn it’s the result of sea ice loss – and dangerous overcrowding has deadly effects.” Let’s join the chorus and contribute to this conversation on the dire state of our planet,” Arbugaeva said.

Shaunak Sen’s “All That Breathes

A feature-length documentary set in India’s capital, it also examines how animals forced to change their behavior by human activity. It follows three men who have lived their lives in an improvised and largely dedicated to self-funded wildlife clinic that cares for some of the hundreds of birds that fall prey to Delhi’s polluted air each day.

A man said to his wife

Every day, crates of injured black kite birds arrive in their basement, and the quixotic trio even pull off a daring river rescue with a broken wing. “Hundreds of birds fall from the sky every day,” one man told his wife. It amazes me that people are carrying on like everything is normal.”

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