Featured Film Shepherd’s Song
Abigail Fuller tells the story of a young woman‘s quest to heal grasslands, soils and ecology.
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
A young woman emerges as a leader on her Colombian island to save the reef that’s vital to its survival.
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
A scrappy Russian marine mammal biologist unexpectedly hitchhikes aboard a boat filled with adventure junkies.
Here We Stand
For generations, conservation has been about keeping people out of places. Now, Save the Redwoods League and Teresa Baker ask what it would look like for conservation to include people, even those that normally are in the margins.
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
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.
Koa Talking To Me
This National Park Service film follows a Hawaiian man's love for one of the rarest and most threatened trees in the world.
Last Days at Paradise High
Caught in the middle of the state’s worst-ever wildfire are the seniors and teachers of Paradise High, who are now forced to finish their final year of high school in a cramped office building at the nearby town’s airport.
The Last Herd
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Power of the Paddle
After discovering how oysters filter 50 gallons of water a day, Chris Hopkinson wondered what Maryland could do to put oysters more in the Chesapeake Bay. If he could get people's attention with a crazy idea, maybe they would listen?
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
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
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
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
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.
After the death of both her parents, Jenya embarks on a new path restoring ecosystems with the help of her flock of sheep.
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
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
Tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River, and offers solutions for the future of the American West.
Where I Belong
Growing up, Christine Hill saw the outdoors as a place that was full of bugs and too much worry. But after falling in love with climbing and discovering a sense of peace through summer camp, she decided this was something worth protecting.
White Whale, Gold Mine
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
By horseback, foot, and paddleboard, three friends trek across Florida's imperiled backbone.
Wildlife Killing Contests
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
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
Conservation International is highlighting incredible leaders making a difference in their communities.