DC Environmental Film Festival

DC Environmental Film Festival at Brookside Gardens

The Montgomery County GreenFest partners are proud to join the DC Environmental Film Festival to present three documentary screenings in April at Brookside Gardens. These environmentally themed films are offered as part of Earth Day educational activities and lead up to GreenFest, which is Montgomery County’s largest environmental festival. GreenFest will take place on Sunday, April 28 from 11am – 4pm at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD.  For more information about GreenFest, please visit https://montgomerycountygreenfest.org/

The Lost City of the Monkey God

Director: Bill Benenson
(United States, 2018, 103 min.)
Tuesday, April 9 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Free; registration required
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center Auditorium
Program # 67782

Click here to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/62795

This film follows explorer Steve Elkins and team as they use advanced laser mapping technology to find a lost city hidden in the almost impenetrable jungle of The Mosquito Coast. With the support of the president of Honduras and the Honduran military, they are able to save the site from certain destruction and looting, arrange for a proper excavation of artifacts, and begin to preserve the area for future generations.


Director: Sasha Friedlander, Cynthia Wade
(United States, 2018, 80 min.)
Tuesday, April 16 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Free; registration required
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center Auditorium
Program # 67784

Click here to register: http://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/62797

In 2006, international drilling company Lapindo carelessly unleashed an unstoppable toxic mudflow into East Java, burying dozens of nearby villages and displacing tens of thousands of Indonesians in the process. Documentarians Cynthia Wade (Academy Award winner for Freeheld) and Sasha Friedlander focus the tragedy around 16-year-old Dian, a survivor who is routinely ignored by her government, despite the unforgiving sludge continuing to engulf her home for over a decade. Chronicling the teenager’s transformation from a young girl into an outspoken advocate for her community, this is a timely showcase of the urgent need for political activism, the duty to hold those in power accountable, and the perseverance of the human spirit amidst social and environmental strife.

The Human Element

Director: Matthew Testa
(United States, 2018, 76 min.)
Tuesday, April 23 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Free; registration required
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center Auditorium
Program # 67785

Click here to register: http://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/62798

Renowned photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements — air, earth, fire, and water — to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe. With compassion and heart, this film tells an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.