March 11-22, 2008
Started in 1993, the DC Env Film Fest is a March treat for the green moviegoer. The EFF includes documentaries, animated, feature, and children’s films that address current environmental issues.
Last year, I got the opportunity to see a very interesting film - Khadak (www.khadak.com). Set on the steppes of Mongolia, the film touches on a number of social and environmental problems, including open pit mining, forced migration, and the loss of traditional livelihoods/cultures - I actually learned a lot through the artistic way the film presents these issues.
For the complete schedule of this year's film, visit http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/films.php
Of special interest to DC green muslims: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives, a film on the environmental destruction caused by war. One of the participants in the film, Dr. Saleem Ali is environmental studies professor at the Univ of Vermont. Professor Ali studies environmental conflicts, particularly in the mineral sector, and has also been involved in promoting environmental education in traditional Islamic schools. Read his latest piece on Indonesias's green madrassas here.
SCARRED LANDS AND WOUNDED LIVES: THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF WAR (USA, 2008, 60 min.)
Film and Panel Discussion with the Filmmakers and Participants in the Film
When we make war, we destroy not only the enemy, we destroy our earth as well. In all its stages – from the production of weapons through combat to clean up – war entails actions that pollute land, air and water, destroy biodiversity and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage caused by war (and preparations for it) is underreported, even ignored. The environment is war's silent casualty. Using specialist and eyewitness accounts from Vietnam and Afghanistan to Australia and the Pacific Islands and supported by on-site and archival footage, Scarred Lands shows how war and preparations for war further compromise the environmental health of a planet already under stress from massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources and ruinous environmental practices. In the context of today's growing awareness and alarm about global climate change, the film shows that natural security (the protection and preservation of ecosystems) is an essential component of any realistic approach to national security.
Directed and produced by Alice and Lincoln Day and VideoTakes, Inc.
Panel discussion follows screening with independent filmmakers Alice and Lincoln Day, Co-Presidents of Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows, and participants in the film: environmental science professor Saleem H. Ali; Michael Barrett, researcher on environmental consequences of ships sunk in World War II; military and veteran affairs consultant Lt. General Robert Gard, Jr. (USA-ret); climate change scientist Michael MacCracken; history professor John R. McNeill; defense and foreign policy specialist Marie Rietmann; epidemiologist and public health professor Jeanne Mager Stellman and Paul F. Walker, authority on nuclear and chemical weapons clean-up programs.
Carnegie Institution of Washington, Elihu Root Auditorium,
1530 P St., NW (METRO: Dupont Circle, Q St. exit)