The DC Environmental Film Festival features more than 200 documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children's films from around the world. The films will be shown at more than 75 venues around Washington, DC, including museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Filmmakers and special guests will discuss their work at the festival. Most screenings are free to the public and include discussion with filmmakers or scientists.
Dates: March 18-30, 2014
Highlights of the 2014 DC Environmental Film Festival
- The 2014 Festival inaugurates two new awards: the Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy, won by DamNation, a film capturing the growing momentum behind river restoration and dam removal across the country, and the Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award, recognizing the short South African film, Amazing Grace, for its creative response to threatened forests in Zambia.
- The festival features a variety of outstanding premieres. Watermark explores humanity’s relationship with its most vital resource: water. Your Inner Fish is a scientific adventure story tracing the origins of the human body with evolutionary biologist Dr. Neil Shubin. The Hadza: The Last of the First is about a hunter-gatherer group in Africa’s Rift Valley believed to be our last link to the earliest humans. Mission Blue, a Washington, D.C. premiere, profiles renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and her mission to save our oceans. Happiness, also a Washington, D.C. premiere, and a Sundance Award-winner, looks at the impact of TV on the ancient culture of Bhutan.
- This year’s Festival presents films in collaboration with the Smithsonian initiative, “Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans,” examining the tangible impact of humans on the planet’s ecosystems. The Last Call asks whether earth can continue to support life without permanently depleting its resources. Extreme Realities, a world premiere, explores the links between human-induced climate change, extreme weather and national security. Issues surrounding coastal development, erosion and rising sea levels are also considered, as well as changing conditions at Earth’s polar extremes.
- The Festival’s cities theme also encompasses Danish architect Jan Gehl’s vision to design cities with people in mind, explored in The Human Scale, and the legacy of urban activist and critic Jane Jacobs. The sustainable architecture of Hamburg’s HafenCity and China’s Tianjin is highlighted in Eco-Cities; The Sky’s the Limit looks at green skyscrapers. Growing Cities spotlights the role of urban farming in America and Naturopolis: New York, The Green Revolution shows how nature and wildlife are being integrated into urban life today. The underside of great cities is revealed in Tokyo’s Belly and Slums: Cities of Tomorrow, while Haiti Redux documents efforts to rebuild that country’s cities to withstand future earthquakes