A film by Alice T. Day, PhD, and Lincoln H. Day, PhD
"Highly recommended. A powerful documentary on the ecological consequences of warfare...which traces how military forces have intentionally destroyed ecosystems as a means to win battles."
- Video Librarian
“Recommended. The explanations of the experts and witnesses convincingly demonstrate that the cost of war extends far beyond the actual fighting. Preparation for war and the aftermath of war add to the destruction of ‘natural security’.“
- Educational Media Reviews Online
"The extensive research and skillful presentation by sociologists Alice and Lincoln Day make the film a surprisingly moving experience. Interviews of scientists, war veterans and others are carefully interspersed with footage that makes vivid the long-term damage to the planet that has resulted from military conflicts and activities."
- Science Magazine
"A powerful and haunting account of war's silent casualty -- the environment. Catalogs the array of damage from bombs, chemicals, guns and unexploded ordnance."
- The Chronicle of Higher Education Review
"The documentary weaves together eyewitness accounts, interviews, archival footage, and news video from wars past and present. The images portray a story rarely considered in the heat of battle: how war pollutes the air, water and land, destroys biodiversity and drains natural resources."
- Voice of America
Best Documentary, California Independent Film Festival
Planet Earth Award, Cinema Verde Film Festival
Official Selection, Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
-Opening Night Film, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C.
- Opening Night Film, One World Film Festival, Ottowa, Canada
- Wildscreen International Wildlife and Environmental Film Festival, Bristol, England
- Cine Eco Environmental Film and Video Festival, Portugal
- United Nations Association Film Festival
- Ekotopfilm 2008 Festival, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
- Amazonas Film Festival, Manaus, Brazil
- Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
Scarred Lands is a compelling documentary exploring the under-reported environmental impacts of war and preparations for war. The film confronts the immensely broad ecological and human ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself.
Ecosystems around the world are in distress from forces of humanity’s own making: increasing population, unsustainable demands on natural resources, habitat and species loss, and climate change. One of the most destructive of human behaviors - war - is not commonly included as a contributor to the growing global environmental crisis.
Yet, in all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat, military operations pollute land, air, and water, destroy entire ecosystems, and drain limited natural resources.
Using archival material from the Civil War through more recent wars, along with expert testimony and eyewitness accounts, the film clearly presents the environmental and human cost of combat, and argues for public scrutiny of the ecological and human impact of war as essential to a more sustainable - and secure - world.
Special Edition Includes:
- Ecosystems, War and Climate Change
- Environmental Pathways to Peace Building
- Forging a New Ethic
- The Top Priority
- Alice and Lincoln Day Interview
- Eco-Footprint of War Guide: a comprehensive resource offering access to more information and to affinity groups
The Special Features and Guide highlight key themes in the film and deepen understanding of the environmental wounds of war.