This film intertwines the stories of three people as they fight to make the world a better place.
The film tells the stories of:
Rajendra Singh, an Indian man fighting to protect the Ganges River.
Eriel Deranger, an Indigenous woman who is struggling against tar sands development in Canada.
Jay Harman, an Australian man who uses nature to inspire his inventions and creations.
The film features beautiful and emotional storytelling.
The discussion cards are excellent. They include images, famous quotes, information from the film, and discussion prompts.
This film is a shorter, 57-minute educational cut of the film Elemental. The original film was released in 2012 and is 1 hour, 32 minutes long.
This page features a 2 minute, 50 second trailer of the film. You can watch the trailer to see if you'd like to share with your students.
There is a 33-page discussion guide. The discussion guide uses the hero's journey as a framework for the film. It includes discussion questions on the themes of connection to place, perseverance, and nature as teacher.
There are 28 discussion cards you can download. They are available in English and Spanish.
This film is excellent for English classes when studying the hero's journey.
This film can be used in a science class after discussing the climate crisis. It can be used to share stories of people who are taking concrete action to address the climate crisis.
This resource is primarily a 1-hour documentary-style video following three environmental activists. One is an Indian government official fighting to achieve safe and clean water within the Ganges River. Another is an Indigenous activist fighting against tar sands oil extraction in Canada. And the third is an entrepreneur and inventor trying to innovate technological geoengineering solutions. This resource can provide inspiration and spur discussion around large-scale environmental and climate issues. This resource is recommended for teaching.
English Language Arts
Speaking and Listening (K-12)
SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.