D.C. Environmental Film Festival

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Here is a sampling of movies at the festival, http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org or 202-342-2564.

Thursday 18

"The Burning Season," about the destruction of the Indonesian rain forest by farmers and corporations developing palm oil plantations. Noon, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, sixth-floor auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-342-2564.

"Moving Midway," documentary about film critic Godfrey Cheshire's return to his family's ancestral plantation in North Carolina and the pending move of its house; followed by a discussion with Cheshire. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12; students, $10; registration required. 202-272-2448.

"The Two Horses of Genghis Khan," Byambasuren Davaa's 2009 documentary about the journey of folk singer Urna throughout Mongolia to find missing verses from an ancient song; in Mandarin and Mongolian with English subtitles. 7 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $10. 202-857-7700.

Friday 19

"Full Signal," about the proliferation of cellular antennas and their possible health effects; followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. 7 p.m., Edmund Burke School, Samara Theater, 4101 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-342-2564.

"Expedition Wild," featuring naturalist Casey Anderson with grizzly bears on Kodiak Island; followed by a discussion with Anderson. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $10. 202-857-7700.

"The Gift of the Pachamama," a docudrama set in Bolivia about a boy's trip along the "Salt Trail" with his father; in Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles. "Indigenous Plant Diva," a short film about the healing powers of plants, 7 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Saturday 20

"Mystery of the Wolf," about a whose mother returns from a long absence, in Finnish with English subtitles. 10:30 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.

"The World in Our Hands," for ages 8 and older, six award-winning short animated films. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

"Dirt! The Movie," about the earth's valuable resource, 12:30 p.m.; "Ladies of the Land," about four women who raise cattle, sell goat cheese and harvest organic vegetables, 2 p.m.; "Soil in Good Heart," about the importance of soil for sustainable agriculture, 2:45 p.m.; and "Seed Hunter," about people who search globally for plant genes that could help food withstand global warming, 3 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"Up," animated movie about a retiree who travels in a helium balloon to South America with an 8-year-old stowaway. 1 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $5. 202-857-7700.

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