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Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary video collection that supports the entire range of subjects taught at the University of Bolton. 

It includes over 70,000 streaming video titles including documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, and demonstrations. You will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners as well as newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.

You will also find video content from Academic Video Online by searching Discover@Bolton. Run a search and filter your results to Streaming Video. The majority of results will be from the Academic Video Online platform. 

Featured Films for Sustainable Futures week

Films and documentaries on sustainability, climate change and environmental issues to link in with the University's Sustainable Futures event. You can find many more relevant titles by searching or browsing the Academic Video Online platform. 

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Time To Choose

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, Time To Choose leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat.

Kiss The Ground

A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of "Regenerative Agriculture" that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.

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The Future of Energy

The Future of Energy journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power. Solar wind and water could power the planet by the year 2050 according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. What's needed is the social and political willpower to make the change on a large scale. 

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Overburden is the story of a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist grandmother as they take on the most dangerous coal company in America. These two lives intertwine as Betty and Lorelei unite to rebuild their fractured community.

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Planet Oil

A BBC documentary series exploring how we've become so reliant on oil in little longer than a human lifetime. Iain Stewart visits places that gave birth to the earth's oil riches, discovers the people who fought over its control and explores how the need for oil is changing the planet.

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A Perfect Planet

This five part BBC series shows how the forces of nature - weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. In doing so, it reveals how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them.

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In the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Louisiana native Josh Tickell and his wife Rebecca take an international journey to investigate alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Breath of Life

Explore the wisdom of the people who sustainably live off the land, as this poignant documentary goes on a global journey to Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Hawaii to get insightful commentaries from the world’s greatest evolutionary biologists, psychologists and cultural leaders. Ponder humanity’s effect on nature, and what we can all do to preserve our fragile planet.

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Plant This Movie

Featuring leading urban farming advocates, the film explores the inspiring success story of Cuba, and travels globally to communities of urban farmers in Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima. As Plant This Movie vividly illustrates, the ingredients for scaling up urban farming and reconnecting people to the food we eat are now all around us. The movement provides hope that people across the nation and the world will once again have access to healthier, locally grown food, using the land near where they live as a primary source.

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Climate Refugees

Climate Refugees is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences.

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Seeding Change

Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce is about "triple bottom line" businesses that consider the social, environmental and financial impacts of their companies and address some of today’s most challenging issues

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Climate Change: Ade on the Frontline

Ade Adepitan travels to the frontline of climate change. He discovers how life is being affected even now and scours the globe for potential solutions.

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10 Billion - What's On Your Plate?

In the midst of the heated debate about food security comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution - from artificial meat, insects, industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation.

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The Campaign Against The Climate

The planet's largest oil companies were among the first to detect global warming, but instead of acting they launched a campaign that for 30 years has derailed the fight against climate change. 'The Campaign Against the Climate' is an in-depth documentary that reveals how things could go so badly wrong – and who was behind it all.

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Wastecooking: Make Food, Not Waste

Author and cook David Gross goes on a road trip through Europe, cooking exclusively what others throw away. He meets unconventional top chefs, food activists, scientists and gourmets and forces us to question our everyday consumer lifestyle.

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How to Grow a Planet

We might think humans are the most powerful living thing on Earth, but it's plants that time and again have set the agenda for life. All animals rely on plants for their survival. This is not an accident - they are the most powerful evolutionary force on Earth. An epic tale, How to Grow a Planet offers a stunning new perspective on Earth history.

Visit the Content and Channels page for more featured titles, and details of how to search and browse content on Academic Video Online. 

The Library also provides access to a range of subject-specific video packages. See our Video Resources guide for more details.

Not got the video content you are looking for? Contact your Academic Librarian or use our Contact Us form