DCEFF 2021 Online

Stream Some of our 2021 Festival Selections Online!

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Featured Film The Falconer

One of very few Black Master Falconers in the U.S., Rodney Stotts never planned to be an environmentalist. Growing up in marginalized Southeast Washington, D.C., he seemed destined for a life of drugs and street violence but left that behind as he developed a passion for the art and sport of falconry.

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ENJOY DCEFF PROGRAMMING ONLINE

Over 100 films were screened during the 29th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (March 18-28, 2021). Many of these are now available to stream online and are linked below. As more become available, we will add them to this page, so be sure to check back!

 

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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50 Years of Earth Day

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50 Years of Earth Day

2020 Climate Change, History, Conservation

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, it has grown into a global phenomenon. Take a peek into the past to discover how Rachel Carson, Senator Gaylord Nelson, and other historical voices influenced the creation of this day.

After the Storm: Pollution in the Potomac

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After the Storm: Pollution in the Potomac

2020 Local, Freshwater & Oceans, Development & Built Environment

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Investigates the all-too-common problem of wastewater overflows, and reveals a remarkable network of underground tunnels being constructed below the nation’s capital to try to stem the toxic tide.

All That Remains

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All That Remains

2019 Food & Agriculture

A year after wildfires ravaged Northern California’s wine country, its vulnerable population of farmworkers, many of them undocumented, find themselves in a heightened state of insecurity and inequality.

Along the Winisk River

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Along the Winisk River

2020 Climate Change, Indigenous Voices

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In Canada, a remote Indigenous community is fighting for its survival in the age of climate change. The film explores the impacts of this struggle against a backdrop of systemic discrimination and calls for the government of Canada to do better to protect Indigenous communities.

An American Ascent

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An American Ascent

2015 Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Parks and Protected Areas

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As the United States transitions to a “minority majority” nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America’s wild places. Nine…

Border Nation

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Border Nation

2020 Parks and Protected Areas, Indigenous Voices, Development & Built Environment, Conservation

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Ofelia Rivas was born just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, a place her ancestors have called home since time immemorial.

BUDAPEST INFERNO: The Secret of the Molnár János Cave

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BUDAPEST INFERNO: The Secret of the Molnár János Cave

2017 Global Perspectives, Freshwater & Oceans

Life on Earth is fed by sunlight - so one could think that the lack of sunlight means no life at all. The truth is just the opposite: a closer look reveals that most dark caves present wildlife in abundance.

Cambodia Burning

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Cambodia Burning

2020 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Energy & Resources

Using a unique mix of aerial cinematography and poetry, Cambodia Burning explores the changes in the country's landscapes brought about by deforestation and forest fires, and the emotional impacts they have had on Cambodian people.

Changing Seas: A Decade After Deepwater

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Changing Seas: A Decade After Deepwater

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice

Ten years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, scientists are still studying the devastating impacts on the Gulf of Mexico.

Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops

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Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops

2021 Climate Change

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Narrated by Richard Gere, Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops is a series of five short films, featuring twelve leading climate scientists, that explores how human-caused emissions are triggering nature’s own warming loops.

Current Revolution: Nation In Transition

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Current Revolution: Nation In Transition

2021 Energy & Resources, Indigenous Voices

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An exploration of the energy transition in the Southwest, where power and water systems are increasingly stressed due to more frequent extreme heat and drought, and where increasing numbers of coal-fired power plants are closing due to market forces.

The Dawn Chorus

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The Dawn Chorus

2020 Global Perspectives, Arts and Environment

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A global environmental film project consisting of cinematic and meditative scenes of dawn captured on May 3, 2020 -- International Dawn Chorus Day -- from all over the globe weaved together into a lyrical meditation on the first light and sounds of the day.

Dive Tierra Bomba Dive

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Dive Tierra Bomba Dive

2019 Freshwater & Oceans, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

A young woman emerges as a leader on her Colombian island to save the reef that’s vital to its survival.

The Falconer

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The Falconer

2020 Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Animal Welfare, Conservation

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This intimate portrait film follows master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary and to provide access to nature for his stressed community.

From Kurils With Love

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From Kurils With Love

2020 Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

A scrappy Russian marine mammal biologist unexpectedly hitchhikes aboard a boat filled with adventure junkies.

Hidden Wild

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Hidden Wild

2021 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Adventure

Behind the homes and freeways of suburban Palm Beach County, an incredible network of swamps, scrub, and waterways lies waiting to be discovered.

How to Count a Wolf

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How to Count a Wolf

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

Wolves are recolonizing Washington State. Follow three wildlife biologists who try to find them as they get here. Learn about the methods they use, and the risks they take, to monitor recovery.

The Last Herd

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The Last Herd

2018 Wildlife, Conservation

In the contiguous United States, wild bison are no longer free-roaming. With low natural mortality rates, the few wild herds that do exist are annually culled or fenced in to control their population.

The Mammoth Cave Biosphere Region

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The Mammoth Cave Biosphere Region

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Parks and Protected Areas

In Southwest Kentucky, lies Mammoth Cave. Stretching for over 400 miles, it is the longest mapped cave system in the world.

Matagi Mālohi: Strong Winds

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Matagi Mālohi: Strong Winds

2020 Global Perspectives, Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Indigenous Voices

The Pacific Climate Warriors, born out of the low-lying Pacific Islands, are an indigenous and youth lead movement who now have been on the front lines of climate change for decades -- their rally cry is “we are not drowning, we are fighting.

Nature’s Fear Factor

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Nature’s Fear Factor

2020 Wildlife, Conservation

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A bold experiment to bring fierce African wild dogs back to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique reveals how predators - and the fear they trigger - play a surprising and crucial role in keeping wild ecosystems healthy.

The New West and the Politics of the Environment

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The New West and the Politics of the Environment

2019 Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Parks and Protected Areas, Indigenous Voices

Tells the story of Harry Reid, a politician who grew up in an Old West mining town, saw the possibility of a New West emerging in Nevada, and rode that change to power.

The Outlaw Ocean: Trouble In West Africa

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The Outlaw Ocean: Trouble In West Africa

2020 Wildlife, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Conservation

As part of his acclaimed series “The Outlaw Ocean”, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Ian Urbina travels to The Gambia in West Africa to investigate reports of the mysterious disappearance of the coastal nation’s fish populations.

Playing With Sharks

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Playing With Sharks

2021 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation, Adventure

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A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today.

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

Riafn

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Riafn

2019 Global Perspectives

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This cinematic journey into the soundscape of the Alps condenses idiom, song, as well as calls and commands of shepherds to create a musical film between artistic ideal and documentarian realism.

The Sacrifice Zone

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The Sacrifice Zone

2020 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Public Health

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Maria Lopez is waging a war for environmental justice. Her New Jersey district is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country and home to an infamous one-mile industrial stretch known as the Chemical Corridor.

Secrets of the Whales

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Secrets of the Whales

2021 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

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Epic, revealing and emotional, that’s what you get when immersed in the secretive world of whales and see life and love from their perspectives.

Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce

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Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce

2020 Sustainable Living

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20 years ago, a young group of social entrepreneurs started a company to sustainably harvest acai in the Brazilian rainforest. Along the way, they joined a movement of purpose-driven companies looking to change the world through an alternative economic model.

Shepherd’s Song

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Shepherd’s Song

2020 Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Food & Agriculture

After the death of both her parents, Jenya embarks on a new path restoring ecosystems with the help of her flock of sheep.

Stray

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Stray

2020 Global Perspectives

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In Istanbul, stray dogs are an everyday part of the fabric of the community, belonging to no one and everyone at the same time. But the Turkish city is home to human strays as well.

The Waters That Heal Us

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The Waters That Heal Us

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation, Public Health

A short documentary about the National Capital Chapter of Project Healing Waters, a group that takes veterans on therapeutic fly fishing trips.

Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West

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Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West

2012 Freshwater & Oceans

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Tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River, and offers solutions for the future of the American West.

White Whale, Gold Mine

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White Whale, Gold Mine

2020 Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife, Conservation

Featuring music by Portugal. The Man and narrated by Zach Carothers, White Whale, Gold Mine shines a light on the importance of beluga whales to Alaskans and the Alaskan ecosystem.

The Wild Divide

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The Wild Divide

2020 Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

By horseback, foot, and paddleboard, three friends trek across Florida's imperiled backbone.

Wildlife Killing Contests

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Wildlife Killing Contests

2021 Wildlife, Conservation

Defying hunting ethics and science, wildlife killing contests are currently legal on private and our public lands in over 40 states.

Women Leading Conservation: Kenya

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Women Leading Conservation: Kenya

2020 Global Perspectives, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

Hear from Conservation International fellows Rebecca Kochulem and Rufo Halake as they explain the critical role that women play in rangeland management in northern Kenya.

Women on a Mission: Poachers to Peacekeepers

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Women on a Mission: Poachers to Peacekeepers

2020 Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Parks and Protected Areas, Conservation

Conservation International is highlighting incredible leaders making a difference in their communities.