Green on the Screen

Break out the organic popcorn–the 16th Annual Environmental Film Fest is coming to DC March 11-22. Several of the films being premiered include “All in this Tea,” which follows a renowned tea expert to the remote regions of China in search of the finest handmade teas in the world, and “Arid Lands,” about the former Hanford nuclear site in Washington State, which has become the largest environmental cleanup in history.

This year’s festival has a selection of films that look at the topic of water and its growing scarcity on the planet. The premiere of the IMAX film “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk” calls attention to watershed conservation on a trip down the Colorado River, while “The Water Front” documents the struggle against water privatization in Highland Park, Michigan. And “It’s Your Water–Use it Wisely” tells young people how D.C. gets its drinking water.

The festival’s last day, March 22, coincides with World Water Day, and will include a day-long tribute with films from Mexico, India, Austria, Slovenia, and Chile, accompanied by a panel discussion with experts on the need to provide safe water, sanitation, and hygiene throughout the world. The Sundance film “Flow–For Love of Water,” will close the day.