Presented with the National Wildlife Federation.
Established for the 2014 Festival by Julia and Richard Moe in memory of their son Eric, to honor his strong interest in film and his commitment to sustainability, the Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability recognizes an innovative short film that best captures efforts to balance the needs of humans and nature. The award includes a $5,000 cash prize.
KOKOTA: THE ISLET OF HOPE *DC Premiere*
(Canada and Tanzania, 2016, 29 min)
Recipient of the Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award.
Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from a small East African Island called Pemba. Nearly ten years ago he visited a tiny neighboring islet called Kokota and was shocked by what he saw. Kokota was teetering towards collapse, and Mbarouk knew climate change and deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help Kokota, but what could one poor man from Pemba possibly do? Kokota: The Islet of Hope tells the story of Mbarouk’s quest to help Kokota. This short introduces viewers to resilient people living on the front lines of climate change and tells the story of how these unlikely heroes have managed to innovatively adapt to a warming climate and reforest their island. This inspirational film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts.
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS *DC Premiere*
(USA, 2016, 15 min)
Presented with the Eric Moe Award & National Wildlife Federation.
Fourth generation cattleman Will Harris shares his evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer. A growing group of consumers look at beef consumption as a terrible environmental and moral choice. Harris’s work in southwest Georgia shows how he produces healthy beef that regenerate his soils and allow the animals to express their natural instincts. The jobs he creates are breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to, as Will says, the industrialization of agriculture.
Directed by Peter Byck.
Monday, Mar. 20, 7:00 pm – National Geographic
* Tickets: $10. Discussion with Craig Norris (dir. Kokota), Peter Byck (dir. One Thousand Beating Hearts), Greg McGruder (Advisory Council, Environmental Film Festival), Flo Stone (Founder, Environmental Film Festival), Collin O’Mara (National Wildlife Federation) and Alex Moe follows screening.