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2014 Films



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
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.


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


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


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
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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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
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


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


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
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


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
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


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


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


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)


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


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

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