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2017 Environmental Film Festival: 25 Years of Films for the Planet

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the U.S., will commemorate its 25th anniversary this March. Marking a quarter-century of celebrating and defending earth through the power of film, the 2017 Festival, March 14 to 26, will focus its lens on a planet in transition, exploring what has happened over the past 25 years and what lies ahead. The Festival showcases the wonders of the natural world and seeks to advance understanding of the environment and inspire wise stewardship of the planet.

The 2017 Environmental Film Festival will present 150+ films at some 50 venues across the city and in nearby Maryland and Virginia—and the majority of film programs are free. Films will travel the globe, illuminating vital environmental issues and challenges and capturing earth’s splendor. A tribute to the majestic Colorado River; a call to action to address the plastic pollution in our oceans; celebrating the magnificent natural beauty and biological diversity of Colombia; protecting a spectacular and biologically significant coral reef off the coast of Mozambique; efforts to keep rivers undammed in the Buddhist nation of Bhutan; exploring the impact of noise on our lives; toxic whales; Istanbul’s cats; and the moral dimensions of raising animals for food are among the topics to be examined in films next March.

Most screenings will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers, environmental experts, and cultural leaders.

The complete festival schedule will be available on their website,, in February

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