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Special screening of PAPA MAU: THE WAYFINDER

Date: September 1, 2011

EFF and National Geographic All Roads Film Festival present PAPA MAU: THE WAYFINDER on Sunday, September 18th at 4:00 PM. Discussion with filmmaker, Na’alehu Anthony, follows screening. 


Shown with the short Mana I Ka Leo (The Power of Voice)

National Geographic Society

Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

1600 M St., NW

(Metro: Farragut North, L St. exit. Red line)

(Metrobuses: S1, S2, S4, 43, N2, N4, N6)


Tickets: $10

To purchase, click HERE 


Papa Mau: The Wayfinder (57 min., 2010, USA)
recounts the fundamental role that master navigator Mau Piailug played in reawakening Polynesian pride: He taught Hawaiians the dying art of traditional ocean navigation without instruments. By the 1970s, many Hawaiian cultural practices, including traditional navigation, had fallen victim to centuries of Western influence. Determined to reclaim lost Hawaiian identity and pride, a small group of visionaries built a voyaging canoe in the ancient style, with the dream of sailing Hōkule’a to Tahiti on the route recounted in oral traditions.

The critical missing component was a navigator who could guide them using only knowledge of the heavens and the ocean. While the art of non-instrument navigation was lost in Polynesia, it lived on in the tiny Micronesian atoll of Satawal, in a man named Mau. Chosen at birth and trained from an early age, Mau was destined to become a master of this tradition; he also had the singular foresight to create a wayfinding legacy for all of Oceania by sharing his knowledge with a new generation of Hawaiian navigators.

When Mau successfully guided Hōkule’a to Tahiti in 1976, the voyage launched a reawakening of cultural pride and unity throughout the Pacific. Papa Mau: The Wayfinder documents three decades of Mau’s legacy on the ocean. It is a story of adversity, the testing and mending of relationships, and even loss of life. Ultimately, it is a story of courage and hope for Hawaiians. Sail along on this remarkable journey of an iconic voyaging canoe and of a renewed people, both guided by the wisdom of Papa Mau, the master who breathed life back into the sails of Polynesia’s voyaging tradition.

MovieMaker Magazine: Doing Good on the Big Screen –

Date: July 29, 2011

MovieMaker Magazine featured EFF in the Festival Beat of Issue 93 Vol. 18.

 To read the article, click HERE.

THE TREE OF LIFE wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Date: May 23, 2011

Terrence Malick’s new film, THE TREE OF LIFE, has won the top honor at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival, the Palme d’Or.

See all the winners from the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival HERE.

And join EFF for a screening of Malick’s film on June 13th, 7:30 PM at E Street Cinema, preceded by a reception at Co Co Sala, 6 PM. To register for this event please click HERE.

THE TREE OF LIFE Reception & Screening June 13th

Date: May 18, 2011

EFF invites you to join us at a special reception and screening on Monday, June 13th, 2011.

THE TREE OF LIFE (2011, USA, 138 min.)

Written & Directed by Terrence Malick

Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn & Jessica Chastain

Watch a trailer of THE TREE OF LIFE

Reception: 6:00 PM

Co Co Sala

929 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004

Screening: 7:30 PM

E Street Cinema

555 11th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004

(entrance on E Street between 10th & 11th Streets)



To register for this event please click HERE.

Metro: Metro Center, 11th & G Sts. exit (Red, Blue and Orange lines) or

Gallery Place/ Chinatown, 7th & F Sts. exit (Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

Metrobuses: 42, 63, 64, P6, P17, P19, S2, S4, W13, A11

EFF President & Founder Recognized as Green City Leader

Date: April 25, 2011

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital President & Founder, Flo Stone, was recently recognized as a Green City Leader by Washington Life magazine, along with 12 other deserving members of Washington’s environmental community. Among them is EFF Board Member Nora Poullion of Restaurant Nora.

CLICK HERE to read more.

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.” – Rachel Carson

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