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Atonement
1970, production : Michael McKennirey
The idea that humans should occupy a dominant place within...
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Atonement
1970, production : Michael McKennirey
North American bison once numbered in the millions but were...
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Atonement
1970, production : Michael McKennirey
The story of DDT is now recognized as the trigger that...
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Atonement
Excerpt  (1:11) 1970, production : Michael McKennirey
The film
The idea that humans should occupy a dominant place within the natural order - that their rightful role is to subdue other living beings - is common within Judeo-Christian beliefs and much of traditional Western thought. The environmental crisis has provoked debate about such assumptions, both within faith-based communities and the broader culture.

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Ten million buffalo once roamed the plains of North America. Today, only a few carefully protected herds remain. The carrier pigeon, the whooping crane, the flightless great auk of the Atlantic seaboard, and other species have all fallen prey to the greatest predator, man. This film shows efforts being made by wildlife specialists to preserve and nurture the creatures that do remain in our wilderness areas. Scenes rarely photographed make this a spellbinding film throughout.