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Environmental Films Highlight Challenges in Water, Sustainability and Climate Change
The 23rd Environmental Film Festival (EFF) in Washington, DC spotlights several key short films that tackle water supply challenges, clean rivers and oceans, sustainability, climate change, energy, natural resources and environmental impact. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the world’s premiere showcase of environmentally themed films and precedes the upcoming World Water Day events. Each March in Washington, DC, the festival presents more than 150 films to an audience of over 33,000.
Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and organizes the largest and longest-standing environmental film festival in the United States. It has grown into a major collaborative cultural event both during the festival and all year-round. Through the annual festival, year-round events, and online resources, the EFF seek to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of films. Often combined with thematic discussions and social events, the films are screened at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Many of the screenings are free and all are open to the general public.
Consistent with past festivals, this year’s films cover various continents and countries around the globe- such as India, Brazil, Mexico, Scandinavia, Kenya, Somalia, USA and region of mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast. The mid-Atlantic region is featured in films such as Green Roofs: Riversmart Rooftops, The Anacostia River: Making Connections, along with features about the Chesapeake Bay and farming in Virginia and Maryland. The Deeper Creek: The Watchable Waters of Appalachia, look into some of North America’s richest rivers.
Water supply and clean water is examined in India in films such as Monsoon, which explores the vital importance of the annual rains that fall in India and Broken Landscape examines the resource-rich Indian state of Meghalaya where the unregulated coal mines poison natural systems and the lives of those on the front lines of India’s water-energy-food crisis.
Clean water and conservation is examined in Mexico, as Silent River documentary, which won the Sustainability Award at festival, follows a young woman and her family as they try to save Santiago River, one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico and H20MX focus on the barriers between Mexico City’s 22 million people and safe, reliable water supply. The Anthem for the Amazon focuses on the Amazon in Brazil, one of the most important ecosystems, which carries 20 percent of the planet’s fresh water to the ocean and harbors more than 30 percent of all species in the world.
The People the Rain Forgot takes us to Ethiopia and Somalia where more and more Africans are experiencing the new climate of irregular rainfall patterns and drought that have afflicted the Horn of Africa. The Dutch documentary Bye Bye Car investigates the signs of the future of mobility, as industry experts, stakeholders and engineers give insight to possibilities in future of transportation.
One of the poignant and powerful features is the Stories from the Gulf: Living with the Oil Disaster which provide testimonies from people in the communities in Louisiana still affected by the BP oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.