Anacostia River, The

World Premiere

Anacostia River, The

(c) Rasheda Rawnak Khan

The Anacostia River

Urban Rivers and shown as part of the Rivers Program

Presented in conjunction with the Anacostia Community Museum and their exhibition, “Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement”  

Welcome by Jeffrey Stine, Chair, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History. Films introduced by Tony Thomas, Education Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.

URBAN WILDLIFE ON THE ANACOSTIA RIVER (USA, 2013, 9 min.) World Premiere Daryl Wallace, Environmental Education Coordinator at the Earth Conservation Corps, shot this film entirely on iPhones on or near the Anacostia River. The wildlife activity he captures “goes on in local parks and picnic areas right under our nose, most people just don’t take the time to stop and observe what’s going on around them.”  By Daryl Wallace.

Discussion with filmmaker Daryl Wallace follows screening.

RESTORYING THE ANACOSTIA RIVER (USA, 2011, 10 min.)  How would you describe the Anacostia River? This film makes a compelling case that the best way to serve the continuing clean up of the Anacostia River is to change how we talk about it. The hope is that by changing the story of the Anacostia from that of a dirty, polluted mess to that of a valuable, beautiful wild place that is a community asset, an unconscious shift will take place, resulting in the community at large taking a greater role in the protection of the river. This film is part of American University’s Community Voice Project  Directed by Emma Boorboor with Danny Peters and Rasheda Kahn. 


Riverstories Series 

MAKING DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE: A DIGITAL STORY BY FRANCIS WHEELER (USA, 2011, 4 min.)Francis Wheeler recalls growing up black and poor in southeast D.C. with all the riches of a clean river and a bounty of fish.

SHARIFA BY KALIN WILLIAMS (USA, 2011, 5 min.) Senegal native Kalin Williams is working to build sustainable “transition” communities through her nonprofit. 

THE DIGITAL STORY OF GABE HORCHLER (USA, 2011, 5 min.)  River rat Gabe Horchler, law librarian at the Library of Congress, commutes to work each day on the Anacostia River in his boat.

SMALL MOMENTS: A DIGITAL STORY BY VAUGHN PERRY (USA, 2011, 6 min.) Vaughn Perry found his passion while volunteering with Groundwork Anacostia and connecting young people with their environment.

Discussion with Nina Shapiro-Perl; Mike Bolinder, Anacostia Riverkeeper; James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society and Tony Thomas, Education Program Coordinator, Anacostia Community Museum, follows the screenings. 

Shown with ROCK THE BOAT.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

National Museum of American History

Warner Bros. Theater

14th St. & Constitution Ave., NW 

(Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)  

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