If you consider yourself to be green in terms of living environmentally-friendly, you might be a different shade of the color (with envy) if you don’t live in Washington.
The Environmental Film Festival returns to the nation’s capital this weekend to celebrate its 21st year in Washington.
The premise hasn’t changed since its initial debut as the Festival promises to concentrate on the vital role of earth’s rivers in human survival and their vulnerability in the changing global environment. This year’s event collaborates with 75 partnering venues across the D.C. area and will screen a record 190 films from 50 countries. There will be 100 Washington D.C., U.S., and world premieres and 196 filmmakers and environmentalists will be present to add an even more personal touch to the screenings.
Featured among the Festival’s opening night films will be the world premiere of Hot Water, a film that exposes the toxic effects of uranium mining in the American West with Dennis Kucinich, who is featured in the film, and filmmakers Elizabeth Kucinich and Lizabeth Rogers. The Washington, D.C. premiere of acclaimed director Terrence Malick’s latest film, To the Wonder, an exploration of love set against the majesty of nature, is a Festival highlight, along with Canadian filmmaker and environmental activist Rob Stewart’s new film, Revolution, empowering youth to save the natural world and humanity itself.
Personally speaking, I am the most interested in seeing Lunarcy!, a comical documentary about people who are obsessed with the moon. The Festival’s closing film, The Fruit Hunters examines people who are consumed with scouring the world for exotic fruit.
There are also several movies that center around the idea of rivers. One of the most poignant is Lost Rivers that investigates the hidden river networks beneath major cities. A series of films following the Rhine River from its source in Switzerland to its delta in the Netherlands highlights this storied river’s natural, cultural and economic value. Amazon Gold and A Journey to the Source of the Lena reveal devastation and wonders along two major rivers on opposite sides of the world. Not Yet Begun to Fight shows how rivers can offer outlets for human healing and revitalization while Willamette Futures provides an original plan for how to restore Oregon’s largest river. Potomac: The River Runs Through Us points out just how close our connection is to the local river that is the source of our drinking water.
For more information about the Festival, check out the Environmental Film Fest.