DCEFF 2020 Online

Stream Dozens of our 2020 Festival Selections Online!

Featured Film Spawning Hope

Follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce coral DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral. If this technique works, it could have lasting impacts on how conservationists are able to protect and restore endangered coral species from near extinction.

Enjoy DCEFF Programming Online

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our March 2020 Festival screenings in D.C. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we were able to work with many of our wonderful filmmakers to offer close to 50% of this year’s Festival Selections via this online platform. Since the end of March, we have had to stop offering some of these films, but most remain available today — we’ve even added some!

 

NOTE: All of the films below, along with hundreds of other past Festival Selections, can also now be found on our Watch Now: DCEFF Online page.

 

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80° North

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80° North

2020 Climate Change

A group of international artists explore the Arctic island chain of Svalbard. Set against dramatic natural backdrops, the artists share their hopes, fears, and insights on encountering an environment undergoing radical change.

A Living River

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A Living River

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

The Hudson River Valley has been called America's Serengeti, for the abundance of wildlife in what many wrongly consider to be a "dead" river.

A Reindeer’s Journey

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A Reindeer’s Journey

2018 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

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Meet Ailo, a newborn reindeer who embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother. Narrated by Donald Sutherland and set against the frozen majesty of northern Finland, this an uplifting story for the whole family.

A Voice for the Rivers: The Riverkeepers of Maryland's Eastern Shore

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A Voice for the Rivers: The Riverkeepers of Maryland's Eastern Shore

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Professional and citizen river keepers monitor and protect the rivers of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The film is a tribute to the beauty of our rivers and to the individuals dedicated to protecting and preserving these living treasures.

A Walk Through The Land of a Thousand Hills

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A Walk Through The Land of a Thousand Hills

2019 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

Claver Ntoyinkima, a native park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as he guides us through the forest.

Anbessa

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Anbessa

2019 Global Perspectives, Development & Built Environment

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A young boy displaced by a massive condominium complex creates his own reality in which, as a lion (anbessa), he can face the forces beyond his control.

Ani Wa Sa (We Are One)

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Ani Wa Sa (We Are One)

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

Two brothers who come from a line of Zande hunters pursue protecting their forest from diametrically opposed avenues.

Artifishal

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Artifishal

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Focusing on people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them, Artifishal explores wild salmon's slide towards extinction, threats posed by hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

Chasing Ghosts

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Chasing Ghosts

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces.

The Church Forests of Ethiopia

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The Church Forests of Ethiopia

2020 Global Perspectives, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

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Tells the story of the country's church forests -- pockets of lush biodiversity that are protected by hundreds of churches “scattered like emerald pearls across the brown sea of farm fields.”

Collodion: The Process of Preservation

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Collodion: The Process of Preservation

2020 Wildlife, Arts and Environment, Conservation

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The lens of photographer and physician Eric Overton captures a fearless and uncommonly vulnerable self-portrait of American wilderness, our relationship to each other, and the possibility that nature itself may be all we need to find common ground.

Constant Thought

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Constant Thought

2019 Adventure

When the traditional methods of coping with trauma don't work, what options do you have left? Brandon Kuehn, an Iraq War veteran, believes the best way to face a range of trauma is to reach for literal physical summits -- and he isn't alone.

Cries of Our Ancestors

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Cries of Our Ancestors

2020 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

In the highlands of Guinea, people and chimpanzees live peacefully side by side. Myths and stories -- and a mutual respect for one another -- have preserved this relationship for generations.

Dark Waters

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Dark Waters

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Public Health

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An attorney risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.

Death of a Species

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Death of a Species

2020 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

Snails in Hawaii are disappearing at a faster rate than any other animal on the planet. Meet the scientists fighting for their survival.

Detroit Hives

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Detroit Hives

2019 Sustainable Living, Development & Built Environment, Food & Agriculture

Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple who run an urban bee farm in East Detroit to create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity.

Dispatches from the Gulf 3: Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Dispatches from the Gulf 3: Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

2020 Freshwater & Oceans

Has the Gulf of Mexico recovered from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

The Dog Doc

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The Dog Doc

2019 Technology & Science, Animal Welfare

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Attracting four-legged patients from around the world, Dr. Goldstein's practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, provides holistic treatment for animals after other vets have given up hope.

The Dolphins of Barataria Bay

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The Dolphins of Barataria Bay

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

The salt marshes and mangroves of Louisiana's Barataria Bay are fertile nesting grounds and nurseries for birds and fish. Despite being hit hard by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout, these waters teem with hundreds of species of marine animals.

Fantastic Fungi

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Fantastic Fungi

2019 Technology & Science, Public Health, Food & Agriculture

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This consciousness-shifting film takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, which houses an underground network that can heal and save our planet.

The Game Changers

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The Game Changers

2018 Global Perspectives, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Food & Agriculture

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The world of an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor is turned upside down when a group of world-renowned athletes and scientists demonstrate that most of what he had been taught about protein was a lie.

Generation Green New Deal

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Generation Green New Deal

2020 Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Amidst fierce opposition, a youth-led movement fights to tackle the climate crisis and economic inequality.

Glen Canyon Rediscovered

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Glen Canyon Rediscovered

2018 Climate Change, Conservation, Adventure

Glen Canyon Rediscovered chronicles a 350-mile, sea-kayak-based journey to the remote and lost wonders of Glen Canyon, the “place no one knew.” As a result…

Golden

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Golden

2018 Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

Peering out her tall bedroom windows at the highway below, Caitlin Davis dreamed of life as an ecologist. When she saw mountains for the first time on a backpacking trip after college, her fate was sealed.

The Golden Lion Tamarins of Poco Das Antas

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The Golden Lion Tamarins of Poco Das Antas

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

The golden lion tamarin becomes a beacon of hope for the Atlantic Forest habitat in Brazil, as conservationists continue a more than 30-year effort to save the species by connecting its fragmented habitat with a wildlife bridge.

Pacha Kuti: The Golden Path

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Pacha Kuti: The Golden Path

2020 Sustainable Living, Parks and Protected Areas, Indigenous Voices, Conservation

When Arnold returns to his native community in the Peruvian Amazon after living in the urban world, he remembers the stories told to him by his grandfather and the great importance of maintaining balance with the jungle.

Green Gold?

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Green Gold?

2020 Global Perspectives, Food & Agriculture

As the global demand for the super food avocados has soared, Chile has become the world's third-largest exporter of avocados.

The Heartbeat

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The Heartbeat

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

In Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, salmon is culturally and economically significant. The Heartbeat tells the story of how the landscape is connected to salmon and salmon connected to people. Produced by Smithsonian Global.

The Hidden Kingdoms of China

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The Hidden Kingdoms of China

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

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China is the world’s most populated country with more than 1.4 billion people inhabiting its vast and extreme wild lands alongside creatures seen nowhere else in the world. Some of its secrets are still undiscovered…until now.

Homecoming: Journey to Limuw

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Homecoming: Journey to Limuw

2020 Indigenous Voices

Each year the Chumash people take an annual journey back to their historical village site on Limuw, now present day Santa Cruz Island.

Honeyland

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Honeyland

2019 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

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The last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city -- a mere four hours' walk away.

The Hottest August

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The Hottest August

2019 Climate Change, Development & Built Environment

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The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species’ Survival

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In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species’ Survival

2020 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

South America's Amazon rainforest is home to a remarkable diversity of animal and plant life. But record-breaking forest fires in 2019 and ongoing deforestation is putting many of the Amazon's original inhabitants at risk.

In Dry Water

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In Dry Water

2019 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change

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Adama and Adja have a problem on their hands. Their country, Senegal, is running out of fish. As foreign trawlers and climate change cripple their stocks, the friends face a choice: Stay or follow the same trail as the fish.

Indigenous Communities Under Siege in Rondon’s Land

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Indigenous Communities Under Siege in Rondon’s Land

2020 Global Perspectives, Parks and Protected Areas

In Rondônia, Brazil, theft of wood, land grabbing in protected areas, and threats to Indigenous leaderships are commonplace. The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous territory is under constant…

Inland Sea (Minatomachi)

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Inland Sea (Minatomachi)

2018 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

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In Ushimado, a small village in Seto Inland Sea, Japan, Wai-chan, at the age of 86, still fishes alone on a small boat to make his living, dreaming about retirement.

Isla de Plastico (Plastic Island)

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Isla de Plastico (Plastic Island)

2019 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Latin American Program

Exposes the reality of garbage, plastic, and pollution in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Jane Goodall: The Hope

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Jane Goodall: The Hope

2020 Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

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Jane Goodall: The Hope celebrates the vast legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall’s four decades of advocacy work for chimpanzees and depicts the next chapter for generations to come.

Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs

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Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs

2019 Wildlife, Animal Rights, Conservation

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On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wild animals are massacred in wildlife killing contests. Bloodied bodies are weighed and stacked like cords of wood, and prizes are awarded to the “hunters” who kill the largest or the most of a targeted species.

Kumik and the Glacier

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Kumik and the Glacier

2020 Global Perspectives, Climate Change

Meme Falchung, the oldest person in Kumik (a hillside community in northwest India), has watched through the years as the glacier above his village melts away.

Last Call For The Bayou

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Last Call For The Bayou

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

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Louisiana's Delta is a veritable bounty of rich estuarine life, supporting a robust commercial fishing industry, fertile oil fields, millions of migrating waterfowl, and at the heart of it all, the mighty Mississippi.

Last Wild Places: American Prairie Reserve

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Last Wild Places: American Prairie Reserve

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

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The American Prairie Reserve is assembling land in northern Montana, with the goal of creating a seamless 3.5 million acre grassland habitat. When they reintroduce bison to the landscape, both the ecosystem and local people benefit.

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa

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Last Wild Places: Gorongosa

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts.

Last Wild Places: Majete

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Last Wild Places: Majete

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

When Tizola Moyo started as a ranger in 1993, Majete Wildlife Reserve was devoid of any wildlife. Now, with the help of the park’s rangers and community collaboration, it's flourishing.

Mahakali

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Mahakali

2018 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans, Adventure

A group of Indian whitewater kayakers complete a first, and likely final, descent of the dam-threatened Mahakali River.

March of the Newts

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March of the Newts

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

Follow one of the forest's funkiest creatures into a gathering of amphibious affection... and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

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Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

2019 Environmental Advocacy and Justice

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Mossville, Louisiana, is a shadow of its former self -- a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people and free people of color -- where neighbors lived in harmony, insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow.

Nassawango Legacy

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Nassawango Legacy

2019 Freshwater & Oceans

Pays tribute to Joe and Ilia Fehrer and their beloved Nassawango Creek.

Nostalgia for the Light

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Nostalgia for the Light

2010 Global Perspectives

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Examines two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

One Word Sawalmem

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One Word Sawalmem

2019 Indigenous Voices

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One word ripples outward, vibrating with healing power: Sawalmem, meaning “sacred water.” For Winnemem Wintu young man Michael “Pom” Preston, Sawalmem represents a vital vision…

Open Water

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Open Water

2019 Climate Change

The perfect storm of a changing climate and the rapid encroachment of the modern age has dramatically impacted the Arctic people -- forcing them to cope with change beyond their immediate control in the present -- not the future.

Our Gorongosa

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Our Gorongosa

2019 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

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Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife restoration stories.

The Pearl Button

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The Pearl Button

2015 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

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Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline, the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape.

Perempuan

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Perempuan

2018 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

All people, regardless of gender, should enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities, and protections. Meet the women who are standing up for their right to…

The Plastic Problem

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The Plastic Problem

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living, Technology & Science

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction.

The Pollinators

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The Pollinators

2018 Food & Agriculture

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This cinematic journey around the United States follows migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honeybees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts, and vegetables we all eat.

Preserving the Páramo of Chingaza

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Preserving the Páramo of Chingaza

2019 Parks and Protected Areas

The páramo ecosystem in Colombia’s Chingaza National Park makes life in Bogotá possible.

Protecting the Birds of Black River Gorges

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Protecting the Birds of Black River Gorges

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

The Mauritius kestrel and the echo parakeet were two of the rarest birds in the world, but after decades of conservation efforts, they're now making a comeback.

Remixing Madagascar

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Remixing Madagascar

2020 Wildlife, Arts and Environment, Conservation

Ben Mirin set out to explore Madagascar and record the sounds of the island's unique lemurs, birds, and other animals. Utilizing these recordings, he transforms the voices of nature, along with those of the people he meets during the journey, into original music that celebrates the biodiversity and conservation of one of the most unique places on the plane

Restoring Indonesia's Peatlands—One Pasta at a Time

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Restoring Indonesia's Peatlands—One Pasta at a Time

2020 Global Perspectives, Food & Agriculture

One-size-fits-all agriculture has robbed Indonesia's peatlands of their moisture. Now, the country is working to restore these historic swamps by embracing their boggy nature -- and enjoying the pasta made from a water-loving crop

The River Guards

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The River Guards

2020 Freshwater & Oceans

Faced with the enormous environmental and health crisis of a contaminated river and city, a dedicated community of grassroots activists have fought against corporate negligence and government bureaucracy for over 30 years.

Saving the Javan Rhino of Ujung Kulon

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Saving the Javan Rhino of Ujung Kulon

2019 Wildlife, Conservation

The Javan rhino is the rarest rhino in the world, and it takes a dedicated and coordinated effort to ensure the survival of this elusive and majestic species.

The Serengeti Rules

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The Serengeti Rules

2019 Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

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Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works.

Solar For All

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Solar For All

2020 Local, Energy & Resources

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Celebrates the successes and documents the challenges of the first two years of implementing Solar For All, Mayor Muriel Bowser's initiative to provide 100,000 low-to-moderate income families with the benefits of locally generated clean energy.

Spaceship Earth

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Spaceship Earth

2020 Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Development & Built Environment

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The true adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2.

Spawning Hope

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Spawning Hope

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Climate Change

Coral biologists are concerned about the genetic health of many endangered coral. This short film follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce coral DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral.

Stories from the Blue: Million Waves Project

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Stories from the Blue: Million Waves Project

2020 Freshwater & Oceans

"What if doing something was better than doing nothing?" That's the question that sparked the Million Waves Project.

Street Surfers

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Street Surfers

2019 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

Frank Solomon, a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town, South Africa, travels to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment through recycling as a means of income.

Stuffed

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Stuffed

2019 Arts and Environment, Conservation

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In an unexpected twist, Stuffed reveals the importance of preserving nature, using taxidermy as its unlikely vehicle and the taxidermist as its wild driver.

There’s Something in the Water

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There’s Something in the Water

2018 Freshwater & Oceans

Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate ecosystem is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: giant salvinia.

This Land

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This Land

2020 Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation, Adventure

Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now, she’s running 150 miles through three U.S. National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands.

Tupí: A Story of Indigenous Courage and Resolve

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Tupí: A Story of Indigenous Courage and Resolve

2020 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Indigenous Voices

Tupí is an Indigenous activist denouncing violence against women and fighting to protect human rights and the environment in her homeland at the Tapajós River in the Brazilian Amazon.

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air

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Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air

2020 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Public Health

Over the past fifty years, there has been major progress in significantly reducing air pollution across the nation thanks to the Clean Air Act. However, asthma continues to be the number one health issue for children and nearly half of all Americans across the country today are still impacted by unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Uncle Elephant

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Uncle Elephant

2019 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Conservation

When he was young, Tuy Sereivathana (Vathana) dreamed of working in the forest. Today, his dream is realized in Cambodia's Prey Lang Forest, where Vathana conserves Asian elephants in collaboration with government partners and the Indigenous Kuy community.

Venture Out

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Venture Out

2020 Sustainable Living, Adventure

Tells a story of overcoming odds, the power of resilience, and ultimately, the everlasting effects of LGBTQ community building.

The Weight of Water

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The Weight of Water

2019 Adventure

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Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer takes on an absurdly improbable challenge: kayaking the Grand Canyon.

What Can Be Saved: Vanishing Venezuela

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What Can Be Saved: Vanishing Venezuela

2020 Global Perspectives, Climate Change

Scientists in Venezuela persevere in their quest to study fragile alpine ecosystems as the country's only glacier quickly disappears and their country is in chaos.

Who Saved the Lagoon

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Who Saved the Lagoon

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

Deep in the heart of the Baja California peninsula in an inlet of sparkling, jade-green waters, there exists the last pristine place left on earth for Pacific gray whales to breed and nurse their young.

Wine Calling

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Wine Calling

2018 Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living, Food & Agriculture

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All around the world, joyous rebels have invaded the vineyards to create the wine they love: a natural wine free of codes and norms.

The Women of Kunda Basti

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The Women of Kunda Basti

2020 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

Set during the blistering heat of summer in Jaipur, Rajasthan, The Women of Kunda Basti follows the lives of three women in an urban slum, where the burden of collecting and often fighting for water is carried by the community's mothers and daughters.

Women On a Mission

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Women On a Mission

2018 Global Perspectives, Indigenous Voices

A young Indigenous woman sets out to document the traditional knowledge of the older women in her community -- helping revive nearly forgotten customs as they work to restore their forest after decades of destruction.