Stream Films Highlighting Important Stories from Washington, DC
DCEFF was recently voted DC’s Best Film Festival by the readers of Washington City Paper for the 5th year in a row! In celebration, we wanted to take a look at recent Festival Selections that put a spotlight on environmental issues in our hometown. Although our Festival has a global focus, DC is a hotbed of compelling stories about activism, history, conservation, and unique personalities who are working for progress. So, no matter where you call home, we think you’ll enjoy this Local Stories Playlist.
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People Rising: Ivy City
Festival Year: 2023
Chronicles the fight to close National Engineering Products (NEP), a chemical facility that has polluted the air with the smell of formaldehyde and burning tar since the 1930s. The existence of the facility in this neighborhood is not a coincidence; it is a product of environmental racism.
Amanda Padilla & Ellie Walton | 10 min.
After the Storm
Festival Year: 2021
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.
Hyatt Mamoun | 27 min.
Festival Year: 2019
The American shad, a migratory fish, were once so abundant in the Potomac River that people said the river would “run silver” each spring. By the 1970s numbers were so low that even seasoned anglers went home empty-handed.
Ben Dorger & Becky Harlan | 26 min.
The Culture of Collards
Festival Year: 2016
Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they hold a vital place in African-American cultural history. Now, a new generation of farmers, historians, and educators works to share this heritage, promoting healthy communities.
Vanina Harel | 7 min.
Festival Year: 2015
Musician, naturalist and Potomac River advocate Joe Hage moves to a small island “inside the beltway” of Washington, D.C. A nascent island caretaker, Joe rediscovers himself as a diplomat for the river.
Emily Wathen & Susanne Coates | 8 min.
The Capital Buzz
Festival Year: 2012
Out of sight of local authorities and neighbors, amateur beekeepers are setting out to propagate bees all across Washington, DC. From rooftops to enclosed porches, these beekeepers’ hives are hidden armies pollinating the city’s flowers and helping to sustain the threatened honeybee population.
Laura Wilson | 17 min.
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Explore more films highlighting environmental issues in the District of Columbia.
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50 Years of Farming
Anacostia River: Making Connections