Environmental Film Festival


Date: 3/15/08 12:00 noon

Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Directed by: Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone

Produced by: Deeble &Stone Productions, with NHK, Thirteen/WNET, Granada International, BBC, and ZDF.

Film Source:

Thirteen/WNET New York     



Winners from 2007 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

THE QUEEN OF TREES (UK, 2005, 52 min.)

One of the most extraordinary stories in the natural world, the inter-locking and co-dependent world of insects, birds and animals within an African fig tree, is exposed in this remarkable film. The fig tree and the fig wasp differ in size a billion times over, yet the minute fig wasp, as the tree’s only pollinator, is vital to the survival of the tree. The two are locked in an amazing and intricate relationship from which neither can escape, but which benefits both and supports animals as varied as ants and elephants. Both are miracles: the process and the film, which uses state-of-the-art macro photography allowing viewers rare insight into the natural world. The husband-wife team of filmmakers spent two years making the film in Africa. Directed by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone, Deeble & Stone Productions, with NHK, Thirteen/WNET, Granada International, BBC and ZDF. Best Animal Behavior Program.

Introduced by Deborah Rothberg, Public Programs Coordinator, National Museum of Natural History.

Shown as part of the program on 3/15/08 Winners from 2007 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, along with PLANET EARTH: FROM POLE TO POLE, OCEAN ODYSSEY: SECRETS OF THE DEEP, PARANORMAL PIGEONS, CRIME SCENE WILD: SHARKS, and SHOWDOWN AT ELKTOWN.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE, no reservations needed

National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium

10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW

(METRO: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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