Emergence Magazine

Shifting Landscapes

Film Series

A four-part documentary series

Emergence Magazine presents Shifting Landscapes, a documentary series, directed by Emmy- and Peabody-nominated filmmakers Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, exploring the power of art and story to orient us amid the darkness of our time.

Following a musician, a poet, a writer, and a filmmaker who are each embracing the alchemical power of story to connect and transform us, this series opens ways of being that hold both catastrophe and love as our landscapes change and disappear.

The Nightingale's Song

The voices of nightingales have lit up the forests of England at night every spring for thousands of years. In this film, award-winning folk singer Sam Lee draws on a lineage of traditional folk music to join the bird in spontaneous song as climate change and development threaten it with extinction in the UK.

Aloha ‘Āina

Kanaka Maoli poet and activist Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio immerses us in the concept of aloha ‘āina—a love for and of the land embodied by her poetry, her family, and the movement at the foot of Mauna Kea—as she fights to protect the sacred mountain from the construction of a thirty-meter telescope.

The Last Ice Age

For storyteller Andri Snær Magnason, climate change is like a black hole: so big, it’s larger than language. Retracing his grandparents’ annual spring journey to Iceland’s Vatnajökull glacier to witness the loss of Europe’s largest ice cap with his son, Andri searches for the stories that can help us understand our ecological crisis.

Coming August 2024

Taste of the Land

Since fleeing Cambodia as an infant, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam has tried to find her way back into a rooted sense of home. In this film, she journeys to the threatened forests of Cambodia’s Areng Valley, and into a spiritual and ancestral relationship to place that deepens her sense of belonging with the land.

Coming September 2024
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