Phelim McAleer is the director and producer of Not Evil Just Wrong (2009) a feature length documentary which looks at how extreme environmentalism is damaging ordinary people from the ban on DDT to the current concerns over Global Warming.
He was the director and producer of Mine Your Own Business(2006) – the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. Mine Your Own Business looks at campaigns by foreign environmentalists against large scale mining projects in the developing world. The documentary reveals the exaggeration and misrepresentations that are behind many of these campaigns. It also reveals how many environmentalists mistake poverty for an idyllic way of life that they believe needs to be preserved.
Some environmentalists have compared Mine Your Own Business to pornography and Nazi propaganda and McAleer has received two death threats from environmentalists because of the content of the documentary.
However the left-wing UK Guardian newspaper described MineYour Own Business as a “A Michael Moore-style documentary…casts the green movement as the influential villain of a worldwide campaign to block development and deny people the chance of jobs and a decent life.” Newsweek says that the film has produced “quotes, observations and footage that cast environmental groups in a decidedly unflattering light.”
Before Mine Your Own Business McAleer was a second unit director, Associate Producer and researcher on the documentary “Return toSender” which aired on Canada’s CBC in February 2005.
From 2000 to 2003 he was the Romania/Bulgaria Correspondent for the Financial Times. McAleer has also written for The Economist from the region. Previously from 1998 to 2000, he worked for the UK Sunday Times in their Dublin office.