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The 22nd Environmental Film Festival is upon us! Spread out across many different locations in DC, this festival showcases a multitude of different environmental projects and problems while celebrating sustainability. This year there are around 200 films from 38 different countries, many of which are either DC or world premieres.

The festival is running from March 18th until the 30th, and, lucky for you, we have hand selected the ten films that we think you have to check out. P.S.: Go to the launch party (which we happen to be throwing)!

The Films

Once Upon a Forest
March 19th, 7:30pm
Embassy of France
Directed by: Luc Jacquet (France, 2013, 78 min.)

Directed by Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins), this film follows Francis Hallé, the French botanist and ecologist, as he takes an indepth look at the canopy of the tropical rainforests in the Peruvian Amazon and Gabon. The film is shot in french with english subtitles.

The Human Experiment
March, 21st, 12:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Directed by: Dana Nachman (USA, 2013, 78 min.)

This film follows the battle between activists and the American chemical industry, as protestors fight to more heavily regulate an industry that they believe has become increasingly deregulated. Did I mention it’s narrated by Sean Penn?

Sustainable DC
March 21st, 6:00pm
Carnegie Institution for Science
Directed by: Various

Introduced by Mayor Vincent Gray with filmmaker’s Sandy Cannon-Brown and Tim Cone, Sustainable DC is a series of shorts abou making DC the greenest city in the nation. From green roofs, to Capital Bikeshare, Sustainable DC explores what we’re currently doing to keep our city green and what we can be doing.

Fishing the Anacostia
March, 21st, 6:30pm
The Anacostia Community Museum
Directed by: Colby Waller (USA, 2014, 12 min.)

Because I love DC, I tried to include as many DC based movies/shorts as possible. This short focuses on rejuvenating the very polluted Anacostia river, as well as the fish that live in it, so that people who make a living fishing on the river can continue to do so.

Expedition to the End of the World
March 23rd, 4:00pm
National Museum of Natural History
Directed by: Daniel Dencik and Presented with: the Embassy of Denmark (Denmark, 2013, 90 min.)

Both artists and scientists are stuffed into a three masted schooner heading for the massifs of North-East Greenland. On the way there they deal with plenty of adversaries, but they also begin to question the meaning of life, among other things.

White Gold
March 27th, 6:30pm
Howard University
Directed by: Simon Trevor (USA, 2013, 38 min.)

White Gold takes a look at the impact that the ivory trade has had on Africa. The documentary argues that not only is the ivory trade bad for elephants, but it also occasionally funds terrorism and destabilization. It’s also narrated by Hillary Clinton.

March 28th, 7:30pm & March 30th, 2:00pm
AFI Silver Theatre
Directed by: Fritz Lang (Germany, 1927, 153 min.)

One of the best science fiction movie of all time, Metropolis is the story of a city that is split in two. There is the incredibly wealthy city planners and the workers who live under ground. The son of the founder of the city falls in love with Maria, a worker, who predicts that the two different classes will eventually be joined together.

Shooting in the Wild
March 29th, 6:00pm
American University, School of Communications, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
Directed by: Ed Beimfohr (USA, 2013, 26 min.)

Based off of the book Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom by Chris Palmer, Shooting in the Wild takes a look at the darker side of nature documentaries, including risk taking, animal abuse, and sensationalism.

March 30th, 12:00pm
Carnegie Institution for Science
Directed by: Annie Kaempfer
(USA, clips from a work-in-progress, 10 min.)

Rodney Stotts, a falconer and raptor specialist, mentors 16-18 year olds as they work on building a better habitat for DC’s endangered raptor population, all of which is made possible by the Capital Guardian ChalleNGe Academy and Wings Over America.

Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild, Our Fragile Planet
March 30th, 4:00pm
National Museum of Natural History
Directed by: Susie Painter, BBC Natural History Unit (UK, 2012, 60 min.)

This film follows the undisputed King of nature documentaries, Sir David Attenborough, who has spent years capturing our planet. In this documentary, he takes a look back at the last 60 years and how humans have affected the earth. He also reviews older footage and photos including a look at Lonesome George, the Galapagos tortoise.