Streaming platform WaterBear has revealed their partnership with the Resilient Foundation, a non-profit organisation which funds critical storytelling around the world across short form, feature documentaries, journalism, live and news telling stories that may otherwise go unreported. WaterBear’s ‘Resilient Collection’ will see groundbreaking documentary films to rent land on the platform, with all revenue directed to raise vital funds for the Resilient Foundation. The Resilient Collection will be live on WaterBear from Friday 7th May. .
WaterBear’s main platform remains free to access reflecting WaterBear’s commitment to sharing and engaging with as wide an audience as possible. By renting and watching the films in the ‘Resilient Collection’, WaterBear members are funding the Resilient Foundation. Rental prices for the collection span $2.99 – $3.99 and members will have 48 hours to watch the film after purchase.
Launched in December 2020 with the support of The Duke of Sussex, actress and activist Maisie Williams and model and activist Lily Cole, WaterBear Network is a groundbreaking streaming platform showcasing award-winning documentaries as well as original content inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WaterBear is now available in 40 countries including the US, Canada and the UK.
The first documentary feature films available to rent on WaterBear in the Resilient Collection include:
The Game Changers:
James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.
Blackfish: (UK Only)
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.
For the Birds:
In Richard Miron’s surprising and empathetic FOR THE BIRDS, we follow an unusual woman named Kathy who lives with 200 pet chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. What starts as a story seemingly about Kathy’s battle with local animal advocacy groups slowly transforms into an intimate drama about her relationship with her husband Gary, and the toll her bird-hoarding has taken on their marriage and her mental health. Filmed over the course of five years, this sensitive tale of one woman’s world breaking down—poignant and absorbing in equal measure— is ultimately one of hope about the possibility of regaining one’s life.
Gods In Shackles:
Filmmaker Sangita Iyer reveals the dark side of the southern Indian state of Kerala’s glamorous cultural festivals that exploit temple elephants for profit under the guise of culture and religion.
In Food Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the US’ food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The US’ food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.
From award-winning documentarian Lesley Chilcott, a fascinating portrait of a man putting his life at risk in a relentless quest to protect the oceans and marine life. WATSON blends revealing contemporary interviews with Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson, archival clips of dramatic encounters, and spectacular underwater nature footage
Kiss the Ground:
Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and ground-breaking film that unveils the first viable solution to our climate crisis. Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.