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2014 Films



Washington D.C. Premiere
MISSION BLUE
Called a living legend by the Library of Congress, Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer. She has led more than 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater... Continue Reading
FEBRUARY
27
10:00 AM
Directed by: Bob Nixon and Fisher Stevens
Presented with: National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Initiative
Venue: Warner Theatre, The
MARCH
22
3:00 PM
Venue: National Museum of Natural History
MARCH
22
5:30 PM
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Festival Launch Party
MARCH
13
7:30 PM
Venue: Warner Building Atrium


Family Friendly
With My Friends
Animated Films for Children
Suggested Ages 2-5

Films include BLACKOUT, CLOUDETTE, and BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL. Continue Reading
MARCH
18
10:00 AM
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
MARCH
19
10:30 AM
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
MARCH
21
4:00 PM
Venue: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
MARCH
22
12 NOON
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The
MARCH
24
10:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
24
11:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
26
10:30 AM
Venue: Deanwood Library


CHASING RHINOS WITH BILLY BUSH
Join Billy Bush in an awe-inspiring adventure as he takes time off from Access Hollywood to fight the illegal poaching of one-horned rhinos in Nepal... Continue Reading
MARCH
18
12 NOON
Directed by: Tony Gerber
Venue: National Geographic Society


Washington D.C. Premiere
CARPE DIEM: A FISHY TALE
Since it was accidentally released into the Mississippi River 30 years ago, a relentless aquatic invader —the Asian Carp—has been heading north... Continue Reading
MARCH
18
5:00 PM
Directed by: Scott Dobson
Venue: Embassy of Canada
MARCH
18
6:30 PM
Venue: Embassy of Canada


Washington D.C. Premiere
WATERMARK
A feature documentary of astonishing beauty and perspective, Watermark transports us all over the world, revealing the extent to which humanity has shaped water, and how it has shaped us... Continue Reading
MARCH
18
7:00 PM
Directed by: Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


World Premiere
YOUR INNER FISH
Your middle ear comes from the jawbone of a prehistoric fish. Your skin and hair can be traced to a shrew-like mammal that lived around 195 million years ago... Continue Reading
MARCH
18
7:00 PM
Venue: National Academy of Sciences


U.S. Premiere
IN THE BELLY OF THE CITY: VIENNA

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Lying in the culinary heart of Vienna like an island, a little world of treats rises in the midst: the Naschmarkt food market...

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MARCH
18
7:30 PM
Directed by: Michael Seeber and Stefano Tealdi
Venue: Embassy of Austria


Family Friendly
With My Friends
Animated Films for Children
Suggested Ages 2-5

Films include BLACKOUT, CLOUDETTE, and BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL. Continue Reading
MARCH
18
10:00 AM
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
MARCH
19
10:30 AM
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
MARCH
21
4:00 PM
Venue: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
MARCH
22
12 NOON
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The
MARCH
24
10:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
24
11:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
26
10:30 AM
Venue: Deanwood Library


Washington D.C. Premiere
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

The use of industrial facilities has made eating meat more affordable, and central to billions of people's daily meals. The film explores the consequences of the high level of meat consumption in China...

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MARCH
19
12 NOON
Directed by: Jian Yi
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Washington D.C. Premiere
HAITI REDUX

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

From the debris of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, organizations and individuals work to unearth innovative ways to rebuild a more stable and sustainable society...

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MARCH
19
6:30 PM
Directed by: Fredric King
Venue: New York University-Washington, D.C.


HUMAN SCALE, THE

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

For 40 years, Danish architect Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities, starting with what he calls “Life Between Buildings.” Gehl has documented how modern cities repel human interaction...

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MARCH
19
6:30 PM
Directed by: Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Venue: National Building Museum


World Premiere
EXTINCTION IN PROGRESS
The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is still struggling to get on its feet from the disastrous 2010 earthquake. But the real problem Haiti faces in the near future is the complete degradation of its natural resources... Continue Reading
MARCH
19
7:00 PM
Directed by: Jürgen Hoppe
Venue: Georgetown Day School


Washington D.C. Premiere
GRINGO TRAILS
Are tourists destroying the planet or saving it? How exactly do travelers impact the remote places they visit? This documentary answers urgent questions about one of the most powerful global industries—tourism... Continue Reading
MARCH
19
7:00 PM
Directed by: Pegi Vail
Presented with: National Geographic Traveler
Venue: E Street Cinema


Washington D.C. Premiere
Z'ALP
Every year, Swiss farmers embark on an exciting venture—the cattle drive up to the alpine pastures... Continue Reading
MARCH
19
7:00 PM
Directed by: Thomas Rickenmann
Venue: Embassy of Switzerland


Washington D.C. Premiere
EMPTYING THE SKIES

Shown with FIELD REPORT: MIGRATORY BIRD TRAPPING IN SOUTH CHINA

Based on a New Yorker article by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen, the documentary chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe...

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MARCH
19
7:30 PM
Directed by: Douglas Kass
Venue: E Street Cinema


FIELD REPORT: MIGRATORY BIRD TRAPPING IN SOUTH CHINA

Shown with EMPTYING THE SKIES

Large-scale trapping of migratory birds in southern China has emerged as a major threat to Asia's bird life and to sensitive populations of Pacific migrants...

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MARCH
19
7:30 PM
Venue: E Street Cinema


U.S. Premiere
ONCE UPON A FOREST (IL ÉTAIT UNE FORÊT)

Winner, 2014 Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film

The director of the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins, Luc Jacquet, takes a spectacular journey with renowned French botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé to the very top of the tropical rainforest canopy...

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MARCH
19
7:30 PM
Directed by: Luc Jacquet
Venue: Embassy of France


RIVERS AND TIDES: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY WORKING WITH TIME

Shown with THE HUMAN TOUCH (clips from Riedelsheimer and Goldsworthy's new colloaboration)

Acclaimed around the world for his site-specific earthworks, beautiful and ephemeral sculptures in the open air made of ice, mud, leaves, driftwood, stones and twigs, Andy Goldsworthy thinks incessantly about “the veins that connect things...”

Continue Reading
MARCH
20
12:30 PM
Directed by: Thomas Riedelsheimer
Venue: National Gallery of Art
MARCH
21
12:30 PM
Venue: National Gallery of Art


Washington D.C. Premiere
MEANING OF WILD, THE

Shown with YOSEMITE: A GATHERING OF SPIRIT

Go on a journey through one of our nation’s wildest and most pristine landscapes – the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska...

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MARCH
20
6:30 PM
Directed by: Ben Hamilton
Venue: U.S. Department of the Interior


Washington D.C. Premiere
THIN ICE
Discover the inside story on climate science. As the science of climate change has come under increasing attack, Thin Ice reveals what’s really going on by showing its human face... Continue Reading
MARCH
20
6:30 PM
Directed by: David Sington and Simon Lamb
Venue: Edmund Burke School


Washington D.C. Premiere
YOSEMITE: A GATHERING OF SPIRIT

Shown with THE MEANING OF WILD

Renowned filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias...

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MARCH
20
6:30 PM
Directed by: Ken Burns
Venue: U.S. Department of the Interior


Washington D.C. Premiere
ANGEL AZUL
Join Jason deCaires Taylor’s artistic journey as he creates hauntingly beautiful underwater life-like statues cast from live models that then become the basis of man-made coral reef... Continue Reading
MARCH
20
6:45 PM
Directed by: Marcelina Cravat
Venue: Mexican Cultural Institute, Embassy of Mexico


Washington D.C. Premiere
JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC
The lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea, are the setting for this adventure, narrated by award-winning actress Cate Blanchett... Continue Reading
MARCH
20
7:00 PM
Directed by: Greg MacGillivray
Presented with: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


U.S. Premiere
SAND WARS

 Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Sand seems quite insignificant, yet those grains of silica surround and impact our lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk depends on sand...

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MARCH
20
7:00 PM
Directed by: Denis Delestrac
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award

Screening of Winner and Finalists

Film screened are GOOD HABITS IN 60 SECONDS, FIELD CHRONICLES: CHINGAZA - THE WATER'S JOURNEY, ORDINARY LIFE, THE SILKIES OF MADAGASCAR, HOPE?, and the winner, AMAZING GRACE.

Continue Reading
MARCH
20
7:30 PM
Venue: National Geographic Society


Washington D.C. Premiere
HUMAN EXPERIMENT, THE
Narrated by Sean Penn, this powerful film exposes the David-and-Goliath battle activists are waging against the increasingly deregulated U.S. chemical industry... Continue Reading
MARCH
21
12 NOON
Directed by: Dana Nachman
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library


WOVEN LIVES: CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES FROM ANCIENT OAXACAN TRADITIONS
Traditional art and design play an active role in the cultural sustainability of the Zapotec communities in Oaxaca, Mexico... Continue Reading
MARCH
21
12 NOON
Directed by: Carolyn Kallenborn
Presented with: The Textile Museum
Venue: George Washington University
MARCH
21
7:00 PM
Venue: George Washington University


RIVERS AND TIDES: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY WORKING WITH TIME

Shown with THE HUMAN TOUCH (clips from Riedelsheimer and Goldsworthy's new colloaboration)

Acclaimed around the world for his site-specific earthworks, beautiful and ephemeral sculptures in the open air made of ice, mud, leaves, driftwood, stones and twigs, Andy Goldsworthy thinks incessantly about “the veins that connect things...”

Continue Reading
MARCH
20
12:30 PM
Directed by: Thomas Riedelsheimer
Venue: National Gallery of Art
MARCH
21
12:30 PM
Venue: National Gallery of Art


Family Friendly
With My Friends
Animated Films for Children
Suggested Ages 2-5

Films include BLACKOUT, CLOUDETTE, and BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL. Continue Reading
MARCH
18
10:00 AM
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
MARCH
19
10:30 AM
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
MARCH
21
4:00 PM
Venue: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
MARCH
22
12 NOON
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The
MARCH
24
10:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
24
11:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
26
10:30 AM
Venue: Deanwood Library


Sustainable DC

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Sustainable DC, the city-wide initiative to make Washington, D.C. “the greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the nation,” is spotlighted in this program of short films and discussion with D.C. government officials...

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MARCH
21
6:00 PM
Directed by: Various
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


FISHING THE ANACOSTIA

Shown with MY BROOKLYN as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Every year, more than 17,000 people eat fish from the polluted Anacostia River in Washington D.C...

Continue Reading
MARCH
21
6:30 PM
Directed by: Colby Waller
Venue: Anacostia Community Museum, The


MY BROOKLYN

Shown with FISHING THE ANACOSTIA as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Documenting director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” the film seeks to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along race and class lines...

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MARCH
21
6:30 PM
Directed by: Kelly Anderson
Venue: Anacostia Community Museum, The


Washington D.C. Premiere
Himalaya Song
Himalaya Song merges film, live music, and storytelling in a critically-acclaimed multimedia performance. This hauntingly beautiful tale explores the Himalayas, its people, and the environmental challenges they face... Continue Reading
MARCH
21
7:00 PM
Venue: Artisphere
MARCH
21
9:00 PM
Venue: Artisphere


Washington D.C. Premiere
TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

A documentary about home and how we find it, Tiny follows one couple’s attempt to build a tiny house from scratch and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space...

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MARCH
21
7:00 PM
Directed by: Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The


WILL FOR THE WOODS, A
Musician, folk dancer and psychiatrist Clark Wang is battling lymphoma, and has an urgent need to develop his funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Wang discovers the green burial movement... Continue Reading
MARCH
21
7:30 PM
Directed by: Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale and Brian Wilson
Venue: St. Columba's Episcopal Church


Washington D.C. Premiere
URANIUM DRIVE-IN
In a boom-bust uranium mining community in rural, southwestern Colorado, a heated battle is raging over a proposed new uranium mill... Continue Reading
MARCH
21
8:00 PM
Directed by: Suzan Beraza
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere Family Friendly
MOON MAN
All alone in the sky and bored, the Moon Man hitches a ride to Earth on a passing comet in this animated film. But his arrival is regarded as an attack from outer space by the Earth’s arrogant president... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
10:30 AM
Directed by: Stephan Schesch
Presented with: the Alliance Française
Venue: Avalon Theatre


Washington D.C. Premiere Family Friendly
ROOSTER TRADEMARK PAPER, THE
Amir, a young, aspiring artist in Iran, sells newspapers to help support his mother and younger sister. When he discovers an advertisement for a visual arts competition, he is eager to enter; however, to qualify, all entries must be submitted on costly Rooster Trademark paper... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
10:30 AM
Directed by: Maryam Milani
Venue: National Gallery of Art
MARCH
23
11:30 AM
Venue: National Gallery of Art


Washington D.C. Premiere
RETURN FLIGHT

There will be a live owl display outside of the Auditorium, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The Bald Eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands. In the early 1960s, the Bald Eagle disappeared from the islands due to egg collecting, hunting and extensive DDT contamination in the marine environment...

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MARCH
22
11:00 AM
Directed by: Kevin White
Presented with: the Friends of Patuxent
Venue: National Wildlife Visitor Center


Washington D.C. Premiere
GREAT FLOOD, THE

World Water Day: Oceans and Watersheds

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges...

Continue Reading
MARCH
22
12 NOON
Directed by: Bill Morrison
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Family Friendly
With My Friends
Animated Films for Children
Suggested Ages 2-5

Films include BLACKOUT, CLOUDETTE, and BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL. Continue Reading
MARCH
18
10:00 AM
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
MARCH
19
10:30 AM
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
MARCH
21
4:00 PM
Venue: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
MARCH
22
12 NOON
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The
MARCH
24
10:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
24
11:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
26
10:30 AM
Venue: Deanwood Library


World Premiere Family Friendly
BACKYARD BUGS
Join host and wildlife educator Sean Roach on an incredible backyard adventure where you’ll discover some of the amazing bugs that exist right outside your door... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
1:00 PM
Directed by: Oktay Ortabasi
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The


EVERYBODY STREET
Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
1:00 PM
Directed by: Cheryl Dunn
Venue: Avalon Theatre


MAGIC OF THE SNOWY OWL

There will be a live owl display outside of the Auditorium, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Go deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles of raising helpless owlets until they’re able to fly...

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MARCH
22
1:00 PM
Directed by: Matt Hamilton and Fergus Beeley
Presented with: the Friends of Patuxent
Venue: National Wildlife Visitor Center


SHORED UP

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, it was a wake-up call to a new reality for coastal communities...

Continue Reading
MARCH
22
1:00 PM
Directed by: Ben Kalina
Venue: National Museum of American History


World Premiere
Chesapeake, The

World Water Day: Oceans and Watersheds

Film about the Chesapeake include WHAT IS A DEAD ZONE?, ECO-SYSTEMS ON THE EDGE: A NUTRIENT ODYSSEY, SPAT! BRINGING OYSTERS BACK TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

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MARCH
22
1:30 PM
Presented with: the National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Initiative
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
BLOOD GLACIER (BLUTGLETSCHER)
The crew at a climate-research center high in the German Alps discovers a mysterious red liquid on a nearby retreating glacier that seems to be turning local wildlife into predatory monstrosities... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
10:00 PM
Directed by: Marvin Kren
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


As I Went Walking
Four films interpret the unique pleasures and chance opportunities that solitary treks can bring... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
2:00 PM
Venue: National Gallery of Art


Washington D.C. Premiere
BEYOND BEAUTY: TAIWAN FROM ABOVE

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

The screening date is a correction from the printed program. 

Documenting Taiwan from an aerial perspective, this Taiwanese box office sensation offers a glimpse of its natural beauty and the deleterious effect of human activities and urbanization on its environment...

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MARCH
22
2:00 PM
Directed by: Chi Po-Lin
Venue: Freer Gallery of Art


U.S. Premiere
SLUMS: CITIES OF TOMORROW

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

This touching documentary takes you on a revealing journey from Mumbai, India, Asia’s biggest slum, through a suburb of Marseille to a Native American community in the Abitibi region of Quebec, a tent city in New Jersey and, finally, to the heart of a Moroccan slum...

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MARCH
22
2:00 PM
Directed by:  Jean-Nicolas Orhon
Venue: Petworth Neighborhood Library
MARCH
27
6:00 PM
Venue: E Street Cinema


Washington D.C. Premiere
MISSION BLUE
Called a living legend by the Library of Congress, Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer. She has led more than 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater... Continue Reading
FEBRUARY
27
10:00 AM
Directed by: Bob Nixon and Fisher Stevens
Presented with: National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Initiative
Venue: Warner Theatre, The
MARCH
22
3:00 PM
Venue: National Museum of Natural History
MARCH
22
5:30 PM
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
OCEAN FRONTIERS II: A NEW ENGLAND STORY FOR SUSTAINING THE SEA
Off the shores of New England, in a region steeped in old maritime tradition, a modern wave of big ships, energy industries and a changing climate, is now testing the limits of an already crowded sea... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
3:00 PM
Directed by: Karen Anspacher-Meyer
Venue: National Museum of American History


BREATHING EARTH: SUSUMU SHINGU'S DREAM
Japanese artist Susumu Shingu converses with nature through his sculptures. His lifelong dialogue with wind and water has given the world uniquely beautiful works of fluid, unpredictable and ever-changing movement... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
4:30 PM
Directed by: Thomas Riedelsheimer
Venue: National Gallery of Art


BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY

City Silents

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Experience one day in 1920s Berlin. Using visual impressions in a semi-documentary style, this “city symphony" silent film portrays Berlin in the early part of the 20th Century...

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MARCH
22
5:30 PM
Directed by:
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Washington D.C. Premiere
BEYOND THE EDGE 3D
Follow Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on their monumental and historic first ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 through interviews, photography and original and staged film footage... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
7:30 PM
Directed by: Leanne Pooley
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Washington D.C. Premiere Family Friendly
ROOSTER TRADEMARK PAPER, THE
Amir, a young, aspiring artist in Iran, sells newspapers to help support his mother and younger sister. When he discovers an advertisement for a visual arts competition, he is eager to enter; however, to qualify, all entries must be submitted on costly Rooster Trademark paper... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
10:30 AM
Directed by: Maryam Milani
Venue: National Gallery of Art
MARCH
23
11:30 AM
Venue: National Gallery of Art


CRITICAL MASS

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

In 1962, researcher John Calhoun began rodent population experiments to investigate the effects of social overcrowding in enclosed conditions...

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MARCH
23
12 NOON
Directed by: Mike Freedman
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


GROUND OPERATIONS: BATTLEFIELDS TO FARMFIELDS
A generation of warriors is coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and faces a daunting transition back to civilian life. They need a new mission... Continue Reading
MARCH
23
12 NOON
Directed by: Dulanie Ellis
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The


PILGRIMS AND TOURISTS

Part of the four-episode series, Standing on Sacred Ground, all screening today.

Around the world, indigenous communities stand in the way of government megaprojects. In the Russian Republic of Altai, traditional native people create their own mountain parks to rein in tourism...

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MARCH
23
12 NOON
Directed by: Christopher McLeod
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian


Standing on Sacred Ground

Living in the Anthropocene

This four-episode series, directed by Christopher McLeod, explores how the health of our global environment can be sustained through respectful understanding of the sacred lands and traditions of native peoples across the globe...

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MARCH
23
12 NOON
Directed by: Christopher McLeod
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian


City Fixes - Shorts Program

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Short film program includes OUR POWER, PORTRAIT OF AN URBAN BEEKEEPER, POWER TO THE PEDALS: WENZDAY JANE AND THE CULTURE OF CHANGE, and DUTCH WEED BURGER.

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MARCH
23
12:30 PM
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


World Premiere
DUTCH WEED BURGER

Shown as part of the City Fixes shorts program and Our Cities, Our Planet

In this trip through New York City’s plant-based food culture, Dutch vegan and foodie Lisette Kreischer is on a quest to inspire the world to change its food habits by sharing a taste bud-blowing recipe containing Dutch seaweed...

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MARCH
23
12:30 PM
Directed by: Mark Kulsdom
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
OUR POWER

Shown as part of the City Fixes shorts program and Our Cities, Our Planet

The Navajo people in Black Mesa, Arizona are trying to protect their aquifer from a nearby coal mining plant’s pollution...

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MARCH
23
12:30 PM
Directed by: Mark Decena
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


World Premiere
PORTRAIT OF AN URBAN BEEKEEPER

Shown as part of the City Fixes shorts program and Our Cities, Our Planet

This story follows Steve Repasky, a beekeeper in Pittsburgh, Pa., during his beekeeping efforts throughout the year...

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MARCH
23
12:30 PM
Directed by: Steve Ellington
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


World Premiere
POWER TO THE PEDALS: WENZDAY JANE AND THE CULTURE OF CHANGE

Shown as part of the City Fixes shorts program and Our Cities, Our Planet

A portrayal of the vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a young woman who, using her mechanical skills and innovation, is building an organization of riders and cargo bicycles...

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MARCH
23
12:30 PM
Directed by: Bob Nesson
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


PROFIT AND LOSS

Part of the four-episode series, Standing on Sacred Ground, all screening today.

From Papua New Guinea’s rainforests to Canada’s tar sands, this film exposes industrial threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival...

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MARCH
23
1:30 PM
Directed by: Christopher McLeod
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian


Washington D.C. Premiere
ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

Shown with ARBORACEOUS

To create this film, photographer Anthony Powell spent ten years, including nine winters clocking the continent on camera...

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MARCH
23
2:00 PM
Directed by: Anthony Powell
Presented with: the Embassy of New Zealand
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


U.S. Premiere
ARBORACEOUS

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

Shown with ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE

The film shows how our connections—to nature and to each other—are the key to sustainability...

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MARCH
23
2:00 PM
Directed by: Natasha Bishop
Presented with: the Embassy of New Zealand
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


BLACK OUT

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Every day during exam season, as the sun sets over Conakry, Guinea, hundreds of school children begin a nightly pilgrimage to the airport, gas stations and the wealthy parts of the city, searching for light to enable them to study...

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MARCH
23
2:00 PM
Directed by: Eva Weber
Venue: Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library


Washington D.C. Premiere
FIRE AND ICE

Part of the four-episode series, Standing on Sacred Ground, all screening today.

From Ethiopia to Peru, indigenous customs protect biodiversity on sacred lands under pressure from religious conflicts and climate change...

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MARCH
23
3:00 PM
Directed by: Christopher McLeod
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian


GMO OMG

Chipotle Food and Agriculture Film Series

Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice? And is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place...

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MARCH
23
3:00 PM
Directed by: Jeremy Seifert
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE

City Silents, Live music by Ray Brubacher accompanies screening

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Bargeman George O'Brien survives a sinking ship only to wash up like a castaway on New York's bustling Lower East Side. There, a Jewish family takes him in and their daughter, Virginia Valli, becomes intrigued by him...

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MARCH
23
3:45 PM
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


COUSIN JULES
A blend of documentary, cinema vérité and minimal cinema, the restored French masterpiece Cousin Jules is a compelling study of the daily life of an elderly French couple whose routines have become their link with life... Continue Reading
MARCH
23
4:00 PM
Directed by: Dominique Benicheti
Venue: National Gallery of Art


EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

A three-masted schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, sets off for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of North-East Greenland...

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MARCH
23
4:00 PM
Directed by: Daniel Dencik
Presented with: the Embassy of Denmark
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
ISLANDS OF SANCTUARY

Part of the four-episode series, Standing on Sacred Ground, all screening today.

Native Hawaiians and Aboriginal Australians resist threats to their sacred places in a growing international movement to defend human rights and protect the environment...

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MARCH
23
4:00 PM
Directed by: Christopher McLeod
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian


Washington D.C. Premiere
SINGER FROM THE TAIGA

Stories from Mongolia

Journeying through the scenic and remote northern Mongolian taiga, folk artist Tsogbadrakh discovers music that is deeply connected to the natural world...

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MARCH
23
5:15 PM
Directed by: Batbileg Zoljargal
Presented with: the Arts Council of Mongolia
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Stories from Mongolia

Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Mongolia, this film series features stunning landscapes and traditional ways of life closely tied to nature.

Thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding for their support of this program.

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MARCH
23
5:15 PM
Presented with: the Arts Council of Mongolia
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN, THE
There’s big trouble in paradise in this true-life story rife with melodrama, exotic lifestyles, sexual intrigue and suspicious deaths... Continue Reading
MARCH
23
5:45 PM
Directed by: Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller
Presented with: the Embassy of Ecuador
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


U.S. Premiere
GIVE THE WORLD A CHANCE

Stories from Mongolia

Journey into the world of Badar Papizan, a traditional musician living in the pristine mountain valleys of Bayan-Olgii province in western Mongolia...

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MARCH
23
6:15 PM
Directed by: Bayar Banzragch
Presented with: the Arts Council of Mongolia
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


World Premiere
EXTREME REALITIES

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

Featuring narrator Matt Damon, the 13th episode of “Journey to Planet Earth” investigates one of the most critical issues of our time: the link between severe weather events, global warming, and threats to our national security...

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MARCH
23
6:30 PM
Directed by: Marilyn Weiner and Hal Weiner
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


U.S. Premiere
HORSE TRAINER

Stories from Mongolia

An ancient tradition throughout Mongolian history, horse training is essential to the nomadic lifestyle. This film tells the story of a young racehorse rider who longs to return to his horses while at school...

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MARCH
23
7:30 PM
Directed by: Bayar Banzragch
Presented with: the Arts Council of Mongolia
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
POLLUTING PARADISE (GARBAGE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN)
This compelling tale of bureaucratic arrogance and false promises is an account of environmental devastation inflicted on the once-lovely seaside town of Çamburnu, Turkey... Continue Reading
MARCH
23
8:30 PM
Directed by: Fatih Akin
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Family Friendly
With My Friends
Animated Films for Children
Suggested Ages 2-5

Films include BLACKOUT, CLOUDETTE, and BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL. Continue Reading
MARCH
18
10:00 AM
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
MARCH
19
10:30 AM
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
MARCH
21
4:00 PM
Venue: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
MARCH
22
12 NOON
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The
MARCH
24
10:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
24
11:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
26
10:30 AM
Venue: Deanwood Library


Washington D.C. Premiere
VISION OF PAOLO SOLERI: PROPHET IN THE DESERT, THE
A philosopher, architect and urban theorist, Paolo Soleri was a man who dreamed of creating an environment in harmony with people... Continue Reading
MARCH
24
6:30 PM
Directed by: Lisa Scafuro
Venue: National Building Museum


Washington D.C. Premiere
BAREFOOT ARTIST, THE
Lily Yeh is a global artist who is fueled by a belief that art is a human right and that artists can create a foundation for profound social change... Continue Reading
MARCH
24
7:00 PM
Directed by: Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub
Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts


World Premiere
HADZA: THE LAST OF THE FIRST, THE
This film explores human origins in the very place of our origins, Africa’s Rift Valley, where the Hadza, one of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer groups, have lived sustainably for over 50,000 years... Continue Reading
MARCH
24
7:00 PM
Directed by: Bill Benenson
Presented with: The Nature Conservancy
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
LAST SHEPHERD (L'ULTIMO PASTORE), THE

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Renato Zucchelli is the last man to tend sheep in the region of Lombardy, an area increasingly overrun by urban sprawl...

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MARCH
24
7:00 PM
Directed by: Marco Bonfanti
Venue: Italian Cultural Institute at the Embassy of Italy


World Premiere
TALE OF THE TONGS
In 2013, architect Travis Price and his students from The Catholic University of America designed an architectural installation on the island of Inishturk in Ireland... Continue Reading
MARCH
24
7:00 PM
Directed by: Judith and Stanley Hallet
Venue: Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, The
MARCH
24
9:00 PM
Venue: Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, The


World Premiere
KINGDOM OF THE APES: BROTHER VS. BROTHER
The epic dramas lived out by chimpanzees and gorillas in the jungles of Africa. Introduced by Jane Goodall, Kingdom of the Apes takes place in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, where Goodall began her pioneering work... Continue Reading
MARCH
24
7:30 PM
Venue: National Geographic Society


Washington D.C. Premiere
THOMAS BERRY: THE GREAT STORY
A monk, a cultural historian, an author, a teacher and a mystic all describe Thomas Berry. But he is known as a pioneer eco-theologian who created a quiet revolution... Continue Reading
MARCH
24
7:30 PM
Directed by: Nancy Stetson and Penny Morell
Venue: Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church


HEART OF IRON: MINING IN THE CONGO BASIN RAIN FOREST

Shown with SCALING THE MOUNTAIN: PROTECTING FOREST FOR FAMILIES IN NEPAL

In the heart of the Congo Basin, global thirst for steel has driven miners to a vast, remote forest landscape called Tridom...

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MARCH
25
12 NOON
Directed by: Leo Botrill
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


World Premiere
ON THE EDGE, ANTARCTICA 3D
Though big and remote, seemingly tough and foreboding, Antarctica can be a fragile place too. As the planet continues to change–and warm–Antarctica and its wildlife are changing too... Continue Reading
MARCH
25
12 NOON
Directed by: Jon Bowermaster
Venue: National Geographic Society


World Premiere
SCALING THE MOUNTAIN: PROTECTING FORESTS FOR FAMILIES IN NEPAL

Shown with HEART OF IRON: MINING IN THE CONGO BASIN RAINFOREST

The foothills of Nepal–a popular tourist destination for their scenic vistas and stunning peaks–have seen significant deforestation in recent decades...

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MARCH
25
12 NOON
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Family Friendly
Tales from the Wild with Allison Argo

(Suggested Ages 4-8)

Award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo will take you on a journey into the world of captivating creatures, such as parrots, elephants and frogs...

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MARCH
25
12 NOON
Venue: Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC)


Washington D.C. Premiere
HELSINKI MUSIC CENTRE - PRELUDE

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

The architects of the Helsinki Music Centre, which opened in 2011 in the heart of the Finnish capital, sought to create a building in harmony with its urban surroundings and a concert hall with outstanding acoustics...

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MARCH
25
6:00 PM
Directed by: Matti Reinikka and Miisa Latikka
Venue: Embassy of Finland


Washington D.C. Premiere
TOKYO'S BELLY

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Get a glimpse of what goes into feeding and servicing this city of 36 million people by visiting food suppliers and workers and otherwise closed places like water and sewage treatment plants...

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MARCH
25
6:00 PM
Directed by: Reinhild Dettmer-Finke
Venue: Goethe-Institut


ESCAPING THE FLOOD
What happens if you have been living in a small village for more than 40 years and climate change is now threatening your way of life? Continue Reading
MARCH
25
6:30 PM
Directed by: Frans Bromet
Venue: Royal Netherlands Embassy


PAW PROJECT, THE
An inspiring against-all-odds story of a grassroots movement to protect felines, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing and of how the movement has prevailed... Continue Reading
MARCH
25
6:30 PM
Directed by: Dr. Jennifer Conrad
Presented with: The Washington Humane Society
Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center


World Premiere
Urban Legacies, Rural Traditions

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planets

Screenings, Panel Discussion and Reception

Shorts by Pulitzer Center journalists on the environmental and social consequences of urban industries—and a growing movement to return to rural life.

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MARCH
25
6:30 PM
Directed by: various
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


AMERICAN MEAT

Chipotle Food and Agriculture Film Series

Will the local food movement be able to feed us all? Take a look at the current state of the meat industry in the United States...

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MARCH
25
7:00 PM
Directed by: Graham Meriwether
Venue: E Street Cinema


An Evening With Chris Palmer

An Evening With Chris Palmer, Founder and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University

Can Comedy Encourage Conservation? Continue Reading
MARCH
25
7:00 PM
Venue: American University


U.S. Premiere
JUNGLE SCHOOL, THE
Learn about an adventurous teacher who wants to change the lives of villagers living in the rain forest of Sumatra, but in the process questions nearly everything she previously thought was true... Continue Reading
MARCH
25
7:00 PM
Directed by: Riri Riza
Presented with: Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia
Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts


GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, THE
The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research... Continue Reading
MARCH
25
7:30 PM
Directed by: Liz Marshall
Venue: Gallaudet University


Washington D.C. Premiere
VENICE SYNDROME, THE

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Venice is sinking under the weight of more than 21 million tourists per year—and it’s losing its residents along the way...

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MARCH
25
7:30 PM
Directed by: Andreas Pichler
Venue: Goethe-Institut


PARROT CONFIDENTIAL
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales... Continue Reading
MARCH
25
8:00 PM
Directed by: Allison Argo
Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center


Family Friendly
DESERT SEAS

WE SEE FILMS program film presentation followed by ARKive Education Lesson.
(Suggested Ages 8-9)

David Attenborough unveils two stunning underwater realms... Continue Reading
MARCH
26
10:00 AM
Venue: West End Cinema


Family Friendly
With My Friends
Animated Films for Children
Suggested Ages 2-5

Films include BLACKOUT, CLOUDETTE, and BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL. Continue Reading
MARCH
18
10:00 AM
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
MARCH
19
10:30 AM
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
MARCH
21
4:00 PM
Venue: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
MARCH
22
12 NOON
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The
MARCH
24
10:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
24
11:30 AM
Venue: Takoma Park Library
MARCH
26
10:30 AM
Venue: Deanwood Library


Ecopia - Intelligent Building, Sustainable Living

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Films shown include ECOPIA: ECO-CITIES and ECOPIA: THE SKY'S THE LIMIT.

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MARCH
26
6:00 PM
Venue: Goethe-Institut


KANGAROO DUNDEE
An extraordinary man named Brogla (an aboriginal word for stork) lives in a shack in the Australian Outback with a mob of orphaned kangaroos. He has dedicated his life to saving red kangaroos... Continue Reading
MARCH
26
6:30 PM
Directed by: Andrew Graham-Brown and Tom Mustill
Venue: Embassy of Australia


Legacy of Jane Jacobs, The

Special Presentation and Discussion with Matt Tyrnauer

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer discusses his current film-in-progress, A Matter of Death and Life, which looks at cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs...

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MARCH
26
6:30 PM
Venue: National Portrait Gallery


SATOYAMA: JAPAN'S SECRET FOREST
In Japan, there are still many places where people quietly live with nature, making the most of the country's unique natural environments. At the heart of such places are Satoyama, small forested mountains... Continue Reading
MARCH
26
6:30 PM
Directed by: Kikuchi Tetsunori
Venue: Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan


Washington D.C. Premiere
A2-B-C

Selections from the 2013 United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival

Shown with THE BONOBO CONNECTION

Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, the children there are suffering from severe nosebleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts...

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MARCH
26
7:00 PM
Directed by: Ian Thomas Ash
Venue: Georgetown University


Washington D.C. Premiere
BONOBO CONNECTION, THE

Selections from the 2013 United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival

Shown with A2-B-C

Along with the chimpanzee, the bonobo ape is the closest human relative. This rare and intelligent species, which can only be found in one country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in central Africa, could be the first of the great apes to go extinct...

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MARCH
26
7:00 PM
Directed by: Irene Magafan
Venue: Georgetown University


Washington D.C. Premiere
Student Short Environmental Film Festival

Films shown include AGAINST THE CURRENT, INVASIVE, GRANDMA'S WATER SECRETS, PSA: WASTE IT HERE. LOSE IT HERE. LOST IT THERE: THE CAMPAIGN TO CUT EXCESS WATER USE, RESTORING OYSTERS, SAVING THE BAY, GONE WITH THE LAWN, VIVA LA TORTUGA, and FORGOTTEN RIVER

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MARCH
26
7:00 PM
Directed by: various
Venue: American University


TOXIC HOT SEAT
Chemical flame retardants are everywhere — in our furniture, our homes and our bodies. Yet flame retardants don’t seem to stop fires. They do, however, seem to make us sick... Continue Reading
MARCH
26
7:00 PM
Directed by: James Redford and Kirby Walker
Presented with: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the International Association of Fire Fighters
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


U.S. Premiere
FOOD SAVERS

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

This follow-up to Valentin Thurn’s documentary, Taste the Waste, spotlights the people and companies throughout Europe who are working to salvage usable food...

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MARCH
26
7:15 PM
Directed by: Valentin Thurn
Venue: Goethe-Institut


Washington D.C. Premiere
GROWING CITIES

Chipotle Food and Agriculture Film Series

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Examining the role of urban farming in America, this documentary considers how much power this burgeoning movement has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat...

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MARCH
26
7:15 PM
Directed by: Dan Susman
Presented with: GWU Office of Sustainability
Venue: George Washington University


What's The Score: Music in Film
Curious about where the music in your favorite films comes from? Spend an evening with Chris Beaty, a professional composer, performer and producer who has written music for numerous National Geographic Channel productions... Continue Reading
MARCH
26
7:30 PM
Venue: National Geographic Society


CITY, THE

Shown as part Our Cities, Our Planet

Shown with MEN AND DUST

Produced for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, The City is a call to rebuild America’s cities as planned communities...

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MARCH
27
12 NOON
Directed by: Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke
Venue: National Archives


MEN AND DUST

The screening of MEN AND DUST is cancelled, the screening of THE CITY will proceed as scheduled

Shown with THE CITY

Dramatizing the living conditions in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas, which contributed to a high rate of respiratory illness among lead and zinc miners of the area...

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MARCH
27
12 NOON
Directed by: Lee Dick
Venue: National Archives


U.S. Premiere
ATOMIC AFRICA: CLEAN ENERGY'S DIRTY SECRETS
An investigation into the nuclear industry and its actions in Africa, the film examines Africa’s power needs and the consequences of using nuclear energy... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
4:00 PM
Directed by: Marcel Kolvenbach
Venue: University of the District of Columbia


U.S. Premiere
SANDGRAINS
As a young boy, Zé left his Cape Verdean fishing village for a better life in Sweden. Several years later Zé returns to find his village has been transformed, and the beach where he once played football has disappeared... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
6:00 PM
Directed by: Gabriel Manrique and Jordie Montevecchi
Venue: University of the District of Columbia


U.S. Premiere
SLUMS: CITIES OF TOMORROW

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

This touching documentary takes you on a revealing journey from Mumbai, India, Asia’s biggest slum, through a suburb of Marseille to a Native American community in the Abitibi region of Quebec, a tent city in New Jersey and, finally, to the heart of a Moroccan slum...

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MARCH
22
2:00 PM
Directed by:  Jean-Nicolas Orhon
Venue: Petworth Neighborhood Library
MARCH
27
6:00 PM
Venue: E Street Cinema


Washington D.C. Premiere
BACKYARD

Shown with A BOOM WITH NO BOUNDARIES

Energy companies pursue increasingly difficult methods of fossil fuel extraction at increasing costs to the people and the environment...

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MARCH
27
6:30 PM
Directed by: Deia Schlosberg
Venue: Center for American Progress


BOOM WITH NO BOUNDARIES, A

Shown with BACKYARD

The Bakken oil boom in North Dakota has brought much-needed jobs and economic development to the region. But the fast pace of the drilling has caused many problems...

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MARCH
27
6:30 PM
Venue: Center for American Progress


IT'S ALL TRUE
Both a documentary and an exercise in film restoration, It’s All True tells the complex story of Orson Welles’ ill-fated attempts to make an anthology film about South American life and culture... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
6:30 PM
Directed by: Richard Wilson, Myron Meisel and Bill Krohn.
Venue: Inter-American Development Bank


U.S. Premiere
LITHIUM REVOLUTION, THE
Is lithium an answer to the imminent energy crisis and the key to the future? A high-stakes power play with global repercussions is going on around us... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
6:30 PM
Directed by: Andreas Pichler and Julio Weiss
Venue: Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)


Washington D.C. Premiere
MAN WHO PLANTS TREES, THE
This documentary tells the inspirational story of a person who cares about the future of his country and decides to save the precious mountain rainforests in northwest Cameroon... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
6:30 PM
Directed by: Michal Gálik
Venue: Embassy of the Czech Republic


Washington D.C. Premiere
WHITE GOLD
Narrated by Hillary Clinton, this film exposes the frightening impact of the modern-day ivory trade in Africa, which is not only threatening elephant populations, but, at times, even funding terrorism and destabilizing the region... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
6:30 PM
Directed by: Simon Trevor
Venue: Howard University


BATTLE FOR BATS: SURVIVING WHITE NOSE SYNDROME

Shown with THE RACE TO SAVE PENNSYLVANIA’S BATS

An emergent disease of hibernating bats that is spreading at an alarming rate, white-nose syndrome (WNS) has already killed millions of these winged creatures...

Continue Reading
MARCH
27
7:00 PM
Directed by: David McGowan
Venue: U.S. Department of the Interior


HR 6161: AN ACT OF CONGRESS
Follow the journey of House Resolution 6161, a bill to amend the Clean Air Act, from conception, through committee amendment, to final passage... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
7:00 PM
Directed by: Charles Guggenheim
Venue: National Archives


OK, I've Watched the Film, Now What?
Film clips and panel discussion hosted and moderated by Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University Continue Reading
MARCH
27
7:00 PM
Venue: American University


RACE TO SAVE PENNSYLVANIA'S BATS, THE

Shown with BATTLE FOR THE BATS: SURVIVING WHITENOSE SYNDROME. 

In 2006 a mysterious fungus appeared in upstate New York, killing local bats. Since then, the deadly fungus, called white-nose syndrome (WNS), has spread across the eastern United States...

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MARCH
27
7:00 PM
Directed by: Gina Catanzarite
Venue: U.S. Department of the Interior


Stories from the Small Red Dot

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Short films about Singapore including THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF KNOWING, THE LION CITY, CIVIC LIFE: TIONG BAHRU, MEET MR. TOILET, and PENGHULU.

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MARCH
27
7:00 PM
Directed by: various
Venue: Embassy of Singapore


Washington D.C. Premiere
HAPPINESS
In 1999, King Jigme Wangchuck approved the use of television and Internet throughout his largely undeveloped nation known for its “gross national happiness.” With his uncle, Peyangki takes a three-day journey to the capital Thimphu to buy a TV set... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
7:30 PM
Directed by: Thomas Balmès and Nina Bernfeld
Presented with: the Bhutan Foundation
Venue: E Street Cinema


Washington D.C. Premiere
METAMORPHOSEN
Set in Russia’s south Ural region, this documentary, filmed in black and white, tells the story of living in an area with some of the largest amounts of radioactive contamination in the world... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
7:30 PM
Directed by: Sebastian Mez
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Washington D.C. Premiere
WEATHER WAR, THE
In a blend of land art performance and road movie, Swedish artist duo Bigert and Bergström travel to the U.S. tornado belt with their special machine-sculpture, the Tornado Diverter... Continue Reading
MARCH
27
8:00 PM
Directed by: Lars Bergström and Mats Bigert
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Washington D.C. Premiere
DRILL BABY DRILL

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

One day, the people living in a small village in far eastern Poland, an ecologically pristine agricultural area, discover that Chevron, the world's fourth largest energy corporation, plans to build a shale gas well in their village...

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MARCH
28
6:30 PM
Directed by: Lech Kowalski
Venue: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum


Washington D.C. Premiere
LAST CALL

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

Published in 1972, The Limits to Growth was the first study to demonstrate that the consequences of human population growth could have devastating effects on the earth’s ecosystem and threaten human survival...

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MARCH
28
6:30 PM
Directed by: Enrico Cerasuolo
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
LATIN SKYSCRAPER, THE (EL RASCACIELOS LATINO)

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Watch as the mysteries surrounding the mythical Barolo Palace in Buenos Aires and its creator, Italian architect Mario Palanti, are unraveled...

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MARCH
28
6:30 PM
Directed by: Sebastián Schindel
Venue: Embassy of Argentina


U.S. Premiere
WHY IN MY BACKYARD - HIDROAYSEN
Every morning Maria Irene Soto wakes up convinced that she works on the world’s best energy-producing project: Hidroaysen. If it is built, Hidroaysen will be the largest hydroelectric plant in Chile... Continue Reading
MARCH
28
6:30 PM
Directed by: Rafael Valdeavellana and Jota Loyola
Presented with: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
Venue: Gala Hispanic Theater


U.S. Premiere
STOP! RODANDO EL CAMBIO
A road trip takes us along the Spanish countryside and into Portugal and France, making stops along the way to meet individuals and collectives that have chosen to live a simpler life... Continue Reading
MARCH
28
6:45 PM
Directed by: Alba González de Molina Soler and Blanca Ordóñez de Tena
Presented with: Embassy of Spain
Venue: American University


METROPOLIS

City Silents, Live music by the Alloy Orchestra accompanies screening

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

This classic sci-fi epic, one of the biggest film events of the century when it was first released in 1927, tells the story of Metropolis, a futuristic city sharply divided...

Continue Reading
MARCH
28
7:30 PM
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre
MARCH
30
2:00 PM
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Washington D.C. Premiere U.S. Premiere
Environmental Challenges in the Dominican Republic
MARCH
28
8:00 PM
Directed by: various
Presented with: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
Venue: Gala Hispanic Theater


Washington D.C. Premiere
ROAMING WILD
Wild horses find themselves at the epicenter of an age-defining controversy in which the demands of modern development collide with the needs of the wild... Continue Reading
MARCH
28
8:00 PM
Directed by: Sylvia Johnson
Venue: American University


Family Friendly
Nature Unfolds - Animated Shorts

Animated Shorts

As the seasons change, the earth’s canvas is adorned with new colors and textures...

Continue Reading
MARCH
29
10:30 AM
Directed by: various
Venue: National Gallery of Art
MARCH
30
11:30 AM
Venue: National Gallery of Art


Washington D.C. Premiere
CHAR: NO MAN'S ISLAND

Unintended Journeys

Meet Rubel, a 14-year-old boy smuggling rice from India to Bangladesh. He has to cross the river Ganga, which acts as the international border. The same river eroded his home in mainland India...

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MARCH
29
12 NOON
Directed by: Sourav Sarang
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
PHANTOM WOLVES OF SUN VALLEY, THE

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

Idaho’s first legal wolf hunting season is quickly approaching and the tension is rising between “wolf lovers” and “wolf haters...”

Continue Reading
MARCH
29
1:00 PM
Directed by: DeSiree' Fawn
Venue: National Museum of American History


Washington D.C. Premiere
CAN'T STOP THE WATER

Unintended Journeys

For 170 years, a Native American Cajun community has occupied a tiny island deep in the bayous of south Louisiana called Isle de Jean Charles. Now the land that has sustained them for generations is vanishing before their eyes...

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MARCH
29
1:45 PM
Directed by: Rebecca Marshall Ferris and Jason Ferris
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


U.S. Premiere
EDWARD HOPPER AND THE BLANK CANVAS

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

American realist painter Edward Hopper’s influential style has left a lasting impression on modern culture. His scenes of modern American life, most notably Nighthawks, have been recreated in myriad films and TV shows...

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MARCH
29
2:00 PM
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Devilliers
Venue: Phillips Collection, The


World Premiere
RAISING SHRIMP
America’s most popular seafood is really a cheap foreign import. Following Ted, an engineer, and Andy, an ecologist, on a quest for a better shrimp, Raising Shrimp reveals the economic and medical perils of an outsourced food supply... Continue Reading
MARCH
29
2:00 PM
Directed by: Joe Cunningham
Venue: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library


U.S. Premiere
NATUROPOLIS: NEW YORK, THE GREEN REVOLUTION

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Today, most of humanity lives in cities. This fundamental change from the past has an impact not only on our way of life, but also on the place of nature in urban areas...

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MARCH
29
2:30 PM
Directed by: Bernard Guerrini
Venue: National Museum of American History


VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, A

Unintended Journeys

In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill...

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MARCH
29
2:30 PM
Directed by: S. Leo Chiang
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


LIVING ON THE EDGE OF DISASTER: CLIMATE'S HUMAN COST

Unintended Journeys

Each year, millions of people are driven from their homes by natural disasters such as floods, storms and droughts. Most live in the world’s poorest and most conflict-ridden states...

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MARCH
29
4:00 PM
Directed by: Davis Coombe
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
MANAKAMANA
A sensorial stunner that transcends space and time, Manakamana is a ride that showcases the awesome grandeur of nature and the contradictions of contemporary Nepalese life... Continue Reading
MARCH
29
4:30 PM
Directed by: Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
Venue: National Gallery of Art


SPEEDY

City Silents, Live music by the Alloy Orchestra accompanies the screening

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

At the end of the silent era, acclaimed actor and director Harold Lloyd was more popular than even the great Charlie Chaplin. In his last silent film (and one of his best), Lloyd plays Speedy...

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MARCH
29
5:45 PM
Directed by: Ted Wilde
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


SHOOTING IN THE WILD
Nature films have become hugely popular, with viewers flocking to see jaw-dropping footage from the wild. But this success has a dark side... Continue Reading
MARCH
29
6:00 PM
Directed by: Ed Beimfohr
Venue: American University


Washington D.C. Premiere
Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions - Innovative Practices
This session will illustrate how farmers are expanding their farming traditions and practices to meet the demand for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career... Continue Reading
MARCH
29
7:00 PM
Directed by: various
Venue: American University


Washington D.C. Premiere
LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101
Meet Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris and explore her many achievements, the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people... Continue Reading
MARCH
29
7:00 PM
Directed by: Julianna Brannum
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian


LONESOME

City Silents, Live music by the Alloy Orchestra accompanies the screening

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Recalling Sunrise, this dazzling, visually expressive masterpiece set against a vibrant New York City...

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MARCH
29
8:00 PM
Directed by: Paul Fejos
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Family Friendly
Nature Unfolds - Animated Shorts

Animated Shorts

As the seasons change, the earth’s canvas is adorned with new colors and textures...

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MARCH
29
10:30 AM
Directed by: various
Venue: National Gallery of Art
MARCH
30
11:30 AM
Venue: National Gallery of Art


Washington D.C. Premiere Family Friendly
AFRICA: KALAHARI

Winners from the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Nature’s ingenuity is fully revealed by the animals seen living in Africa’s extreme southwestern deserts...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Hugh Pearson for the BBC Natural History Unit, Discovery, BBC Worldwide, France TV & CCTV
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


CABO PULMO

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program

With the only coral reef in the sea of Cortez, the Cabo Pulmo National Park offers an inspiring success story...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Manolo Mendieta
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
FISH-I: AFRICA

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program

In the Western Indian Ocean, a pioneer endeavor is bringing together national enforcement agencies, regional bodies and international experts to strike striking a major blow against large-scale illegal fishing...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Charlotte Smith
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
FROM THE CLOUD TO THE GROUND

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program

Learn about the unique collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute, Google Earth Outreach and local villagers in their effort to monitor forests threatened by deforestation and erosion...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Denise Zmekhol
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


U.S. Premiere
MIDNIGHT BLUE

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program

This immersive ecological tale takes us to the heart of the underwater world, between night and light, where everything happens at a different pace...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: David Myriam
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere U.S. Premiere
Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community - Shorts Program
Short film program includes MIDNIGHT BLUE, FROM THE CLOUD TO THE GROUND, FISH-I AFRICA, CABO PULMO, SANCTUARY, and REVIVING THE FREEDOM MILL. Continue Reading
MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Various
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


REVIVING THE FREEDOM MILL

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program

When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: David Conover
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


SANCTUARY

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program and as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

This is the story of Rodney Stotts’ awe-inspiring struggle to provide Washington, D.C.’s underserved youth and endangered raptors with a safe haven for mutual healing and growth...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Annie Kaempfer
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


GINGER NINJAS RIDE MEXICO (LOS GINGER NINJAS RODANDO MEXICO), THE
Go on a musical odyssey--part music tour, part adventure and part ecological mission--as a rock band bikes from northern California to the south of Mexico... Continue Reading
MARCH
30
12:30 PM
Directed by: Sergio Morkin
Presented with: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
Venue: Gala Hispanic Theater


Washington D.C. Premiere Family Friendly
YEAR IN THE WILD: SNOWDONIA, A

Winners from the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

The breathtaking landscapes and spectacular wildlife of Snowdonia National Park are seen through the eyes of people who know it best...

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MARCH
30
1:00 PM
Directed by: Jeff Wilson
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


METROPOLIS

City Silents, Live music by the Alloy Orchestra accompanies screening

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

This classic sci-fi epic, one of the biggest film events of the century when it was first released in 1927, tells the story of Metropolis, a futuristic city sharply divided...

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MARCH
28
7:30 PM
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre
MARCH
30
2:00 PM
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Washington D.C. Premiere
CHATTAHOOCHEE UNPLUGGED

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

The producers of the Emmy award-winning documentary, Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision, provide a new adventure on one of the Southeast’s largest rivers...

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MARCH
30
2:30 PM
Directed by: Rhett Turner and Jonathan Wickham
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


World Premiere
GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGGS: TOURISM ON COSTA RICA'S PACIFIC COAST, THE
How is the ongoing tourism boom in Costa Rica affecting this Central American country’s natural resources? The film examines how tourism and the need for lodging have impacted this nature-lover’s paradise... Continue Reading
MARCH
30
2:30 PM
Directed by: Charlene Music and Peter Jordan
Presented with: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
Venue: Gala Hispanic Theater


Washington D.C. Premiere
ON A RIVER IN IRELAND

Winners from the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Colin Stafford-Johnson takes a journey along the River Shannon – Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river in Ireland and Britain...

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MARCH
30
2:30 PM
Directed by: John Murray
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
ATTENBOROUGH: 60 YEARS IN THE WILD, OUR FRAGILE PLANET

Winners from the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Sir David Attenborough has witnessed an unparalleled period of change in our planet’s history. Now he looks back over the past 60 years in a very personal film in which he reflects on the dramatic impact that we have had on the natural world during his lifetime...

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MARCH
30
4:00 PM
Directed by: Susie Painter, BBC Natural History Unit
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Follow the painful, inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast community of Turkey Creek, first settled by former slaves, when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport...

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MARCH
30
4:30 PM
Directed by: Leah Mahan
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


NORTHERN LIGHTS
The formation of the Nonpartisan League, a grassroots populist movement of the northern Midwest in the years before World War I, is the subject of this semi-fictional film... Continue Reading
MARCH
30
4:30 PM
Directed by: John Hanson and Rob Nilsson
Venue: National Gallery of Art


Washington D.C. Premiere
AFTER WINTER, SPRING
In an era of rapid growth of mega-farms, the encroachment of suburbia, new European Union rules and reductions of agricultural subsidies, farmers in France are forced to confront challenges that threaten the very existence of their small farms... Continue Reading
MARCH
30
5:45 PM
Directed by: Judith Lit
Presented with: Alliance Française
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Washington D.C. Premiere
DAMNATION

Winner, 2014 Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy

Watch dam opponents as they dangle hundreds of feet in the air while painting signs of protest on dam walls. These activists are part of the growing momentum behind river restoration...

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MARCH
30
7:00 PM
Directed by: Travis Rummel and Ben Knight
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
CALLE LOPEZ

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Somewhere between visual anthropology and art-house cinema, this film, shot beautifully in black and white, captures a microcosm of Mexican society...

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MARCH
30
7:30 PM
Directed by: Gerardo Barroso Alcalá and Lisa Tillinger
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre

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