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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Hawaii Ocean Film Festival
Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival
Lassen Film Festival
Official Selection
Official Selection
Winner: Best student film
Official Selection
Official Selection

Sharing the title of the associated book, “Who Rules the Earth?” uses animation to bring to life one of the most important ideas to emerge from the social sciences over the past century: how social rules shape our planet and our lives. The film was created through a unique collaboration between a political scientist and 10 student animators from the California Institute of the Arts. (For more information, see below.)

This film is distributed through a Creative Commons license. It may be used and shared for free for personal use or in educational and nonprofit settings or for personal use. The download option permits teachers and others to show the film in high resolution without Internet connection issues. We are happy to have the film used for fundraising and other events to help your organization. If you are charging viewers for admission, please contact The Social Rules Project for terms.

As part of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival tour, “Who Rules the Earth?” has screened at the following outstanding organizations: Evanston Environmental Association, Gettysburg College, Western North Carolina Alliance, Guildford College (Greensboro, NC), River Revitalization Foundation (Milwaukee, WI), Charles City Arts Center (Charles City, IA), Northern Plains Resource Council (Billings, MO), Oregon Natural Desert Association, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Yakin Riverkeeper (Winson-Salem, NC), Scripps College, Boston Cyclists Union.

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