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(75 mins, United States)
100 Years is the David vs. Goliath story of Elouise Cobell’s courageous fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were mismanaged by the United States Government. For 30 years Elouise fought “the good fight.” This is the compelling true story of how she prevailed and made history.
(93 mins, Russian Federation)
Intolerable climate of the Arctic part of Yakutia. Permafrost. Most of the year the temperature is always negative and the ground is always cold. In winter the temperature reaches minus 65C below zero. There is no telephone or electricity. The lack of roads complicates traveling around. Living in such conditions is associated with daily struggles with the environment and yourself. Hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest settlement, one can count only on himself. These harsh lands attract people who look for freedom and independence.
Our hero is a horse-breeder, most of the year he lives in the mountains looking after the horses. Feeling like an outsider in his own house, Sergei almost lost touch with his family and he doesn't see his children grow up. Every year, Sergei spends more and more time away from the village and sees his family a few times a year: on a Horse-breeders’ Day and when he brings food (meat) home.
Harsh living conditions of the North make the man to make a really hard choice and see him for what he is.
National Geographic 7:00 pm, March 24
(94 mins, France)
Anders leaves his native Denmark for a teaching position in rural Greenland. As soon as he arrives, he finds himself at odds with the locals. Only through a clumsy and playful series of errors can Anders shake his Eurocentric assumptions and embrace their snow-covered way of life.
(30 mins, United States)
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.
(16 mins, Germany)
Himawari 8, Japan's most advanced meteorological satellite, travels 35,786 km above Earth, at more than 11000 km/h. It observes the Eastern Hemisphere day and night. For one year we look through the eyes of the distant observer. From solstice to solstice, from pole to pole, from storm to storm, we watch Earth's beauty and fragility, weather's wonders, forces, and disasters. From space, it all looks miraculous.
(62 mins, United States)
On Earth Day 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, flooding the Gulf of Mexico with crude oil and devastating the coastline. Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster returns to the shores of Louisiana five years after the disaster, interviewing a rich cross-section of local denizens – fishermen, scientists, politicians, environmentalists, and oil-rig workers – to uncover the enduring impact of the catastrophe in a dogged investigation narrated by actress Melissa Leo. Has the Louisiana coastline been tainted forever? Will its economy and its ecosystem ever recover?
(10 mins, United States)
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.
(25 mins, United States)
This half-hour documentary about Smith Island, MD, features Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall, whose lives personify the Chesapeake Bay’s seafood-harvesting culture and history, and their four children, who chose to break with that tradition.
Eaton DC 7:00 pm, December 13
(30 mins, United States)
Antamiki follows a group of musicians to the Peruvian Amazon to listen to the stories of indigenous leaders and learn how consumer choices directly impact forest communities. Featuring James Valentine of Maroon 5, Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band, Adam Gardner of Guster and Singer/Songwriter KT Tunstall.
(87 mins, Canada)
High-end production values and state-of-the-art camera techniques capture evidence of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, this film bears witness to a critical moment in geological history.
(79 mins, United States)
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.
(72 mins, Ukraine)
Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a defiant community of women lives on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this beguiling yet lethal landscape with an assortment of visitors: scientists, soldiers, and even 'stalkers,' young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic fantasies. The story of the self-described "Babushkas" who chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, speaks volumes about the pull of home, the desire for free will, and the subjective nature of risk.
Co-presented with the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
October 22, 6:30 pm - Block 6 at The Frank Center*
Tickets, $10.00 for block or $40.00 for festival pass.
*Frank Center – 260 University Drive, Shepherd University Campus, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
(12 mins, Spain)
From inside his yurt deep within the heart of the sub-Arctic Taiga region, an elder of the Dukhas tribe muses about the significance of life and death in the largest forest on Earth. He is the last of the great reindeer herders of the Taiga.
(95 mins, United States)
In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig filmed the first images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. But today, with a rapidly expanding human population facing serious political, economic, and environmental turmoil, the eagle’s plight has fallen out of public consciousness.
(13 mins, South Africa)
Formed by a group of local black women from communities surrounding the Kruger National Park, the Black Mambas are South Africa's first and only all-female anti-poaching unit, attempting to rescue their country's threatened rhino population from the edge of extinction.
(74 mins, United States)
This personal and crucial documentary follows Lawrence, a Navajo coal miner and single father raising a teenaged daughter, struggling with the part he plays in the irreversible destruction of one of their sacred mountains at the hands of America’s largest coal producer.