Documentary film has long been seen - and used - as an effective instrument of social change. For urgent issues such as climate change, an enhanced version of this film genre has been created in collaboration with the environmental policymakers of the United Nations to better serve their needs and accelerate the policy creation process. Incorporating geomedia such as Geographic Information System mapping, the Geo-Doc uses an interactive, digital map of the world as its exhibition platform to present a database of films from around the world focused on climate research, impacts, and solutions. This presentation will explore how this new process works and show some of the intriguing films made by the international community of youth that are currently being used by UN delegates at their annual climate summits known as the COP conferences. Mark will be screening his latest documentary “The Changing Face of Iceland.” This is the third in his trilogy of polar documentaries examining climate change.
Dr. Mark Terry is a documentary filmmaker and contract professor with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He has worked with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2009.
He has been decorated by Queen Elizabeth for this work with her Diamond Jubilee Medal and by The Explorers Club with its highest honour, the Stefansson Medal. The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television gave him their rarely-presented Humanitarian Award for his unique contributions in bridging the gap between science and policy through film with the United Nations. In 2015, Canadian Geographic Magazine listed Dr. Terry as one of the Top 100 Greatest Explorers of all-time. His new book is The Geo-Doc, Geomedia, Documentary Film and Social Change.