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(86 mins, Canada)
Edward Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes” -- quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization's materials and debris, but in a way people describe as "stunning" or "beautiful," and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without offering easy answers.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 2:00 pm, March 24
(99 mins, Japan)
He lies among the shrubs and trees in his garden and observes the scurrying ants. This 94-year-old bearded man is Morikazu Kumagai, a.k.a. Mori, and he is a painter. For the last 30 years he's hardly left his property. When some developers decide to build a condominium next door that would block his sunlight, Mori decides to take action.
(9 mins, United States)
They say that when you're hit by the polar bug, you never leave. Don't say we didn't warn you. Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. We went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.
(82 mins, Mozambique)
In Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, a brave team of rangers protects this beautiful wilderness from a range of threats, including bushmeat hunting and illegal logging. But Gorongosa is a million acres -- the Rangers urgently need reinforcements.
(15 mins, Bhutan)
It was an age-old custom in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to keep the doors open, only closing it before bed. If doors were closed during the day, neighbors would become anxious. This short film follows the life of a girl, Pema, from infancy to adulthood, spanning over half a century.
(30 mins, United States)
High school students from villages throughout Alaska spent a semester learning how to make documentaries about the importance of place and their connection to home. They took cameras home for the summer and produced this collection of short films.
(78 mins, United States)
Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future -- and the explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement -- this film captures what's at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.
(39 mins, United States)
This film was intended to encourage farmers to form their own electrical cooperatives with the help of the Rural Electrification Administration. However, famed Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens transcended this original purpose by also presenting a timeless portrait of American farm life, rich in pastoral beauty.