The annual Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital returns on March 15-27 and will present over 150 films about the natural world and green living throughout the city. Also included in the event will be a series of four free film programs scheduled to take place in Anacostia from March 22-25.

The film, Where the Whales Sing, will make premier in the District on March 22 at THEARC at 10:30 a.m. This film, which was captured in the waters off of Bermuda, offers a unique glance into the migratory lives of whales. Following that showing, a series of animated children’s films will premiere at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library at 4 p.m. These films include, The Child & Firefly, The Krill is Gone, The Curious Garden, Trees, The Electric Car and Lost and Found.

On March 25, the film A Community of Gardeners, will premiere at THEARC at 4 p.m. This film explores the vital role of various community gardens in the District, told through the voices of young people, senior citizens, immigrants, garden volunteers and educators. A discussion with filmmaker Cintia Cabib and cofounders of the local nonprofit organization City Blossoms will follow the screening.

Later that day, award-winning filmmaker Mary Hardcastle’s Mother Nature’s Child will make its world premiere at THEARC Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus at 6 p.m. Hardcastle’s piece explores the powerful role of nature in children’s health and development and also examines the effects of nature deficit disorders such as obesity and depression, that impact numerous children across the country.

Now approaching its 19th year, the Environmental Film Festival has developed into one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film. Each March, the event features a unique selection of environmental films including documentaries, features, animations and shorts.

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