Film as a Tool for Peace and Climate Change

From the despair at the remains of the Iraq war to the hope that real change is possible through creating alternatives to military force, these films seek to inspire a new ethic of interdependence with the natural world. They are based on Alice and Lincoln Dayв’s award-winning documentary film, Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, which premiered in the 2008 Environmental Film Festival.

WHAT WE HAVE LEFT BEHIND IN IRAQ (USA, 2015, 7 min.) World Premiere An Iraq war veteran who served two deployments tells what he saw we are leaving behind in Iraq and recorded with over 3,000 photos. Directed and produced by Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

ECOSYSTEMS, WAR AND CLIMATE CHANGE (USA, 2015, 4 min.) World Premiere Four scientists describe the impact of climate change on wildlife and fragile ecosystems, and underline the destructive role of warfare in undermining our capacity to protect and sustain our essential natural resources.В Directed and produced by Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

ENVIRONMENTAL PATHWAYS TO PEACEВ BUILDING (USA, 2015, 6 min.)В World PremiereВ Building peace parks, sharing common ecosystem needs, such as access to scarce potable water, and providing children and adults with first-hand experience of nature, are presented as specific, do-able strategies for maintaining peace and furthering sustainable practices toward the earthв’s natural systems.В Directed and produced by Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

TOP PRIORITY (USA, 2015, 3 min.)В World PremiereВ A Lt. General (ret.) says that a top priority is raising consciousness in the military about the need for protection of the environment for future generations. As long as the national leadership is not strongly on its side, it is unlikely that the military will recognize the importance of natural security to national security.В Directed and produced by Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

FORGING A NEW ETHIC (USA, 2015, 7 min.) World Premiere “What we need is a new ethic in which every person changes lifestyle, attitude, and behavior.” Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Program. Directed and produced by Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

Panel discussion follows screening, moderated by filmmakers Alice and Lincoln Day, exploring how film can change peopleв’s understandings and alter their perceptions of key priorities. Panelists: Ted Conwell, Climate First! Inc.; Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear and Steve Michelson, President and Executive Producer, Specialty Studios/Video Project.

Friday, March 27.

Reception, 6:00 p.m. with light supper, $15. Reservations required: www.democraticwoman.org or 202-232-7363 X 3003

Screenings, 7:00 p.m., $5, No reservations required for films only. Womanв’s National Democratic Club, 1586 New Hampshire Ave., NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)

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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital