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“Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital”

Examining history, archaeology, politics, anthropology, sociology, architecture, and, by the way, ecological issues, the sixth annual “Environmental Film Festival” has set itself a worldwide agenda. The fest’s sweep may not quite be universal, but it’s certainly more than even the most dedicated filmgoer could consume: 80 films, 21 of them local premieres, at 35 venues over 10 days. As usual, the busiest site is the National Museum of Natural History, which will be showing such first-rate nature films as Living Edens: Ethosha—Africa’s Untamed Wilderness (Friday, March 27, at noon), The Ultimate Guide: Elephants (Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m.), Puma: Lion of the Andes (Sunday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m.), Father, Son, & Holy Torum (pictured, Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m.), and The Boyhood of John Muir (Sunday, April 5, at 5 p.m.). Other interesting titles include City Farmers (Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts), Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center (Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art), and Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., French Embassy). Also to be shown are several films about environmental battles, including Fury for the Sound: The Women of Clayquot, an account of anti-logging protests in British Columbia (Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m., American University), and Jammerdahl: Valley of Tears, the tale of the struggle to stop a highway from traversing a Dutch national park (Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m., Royal Netherlands Embassy). At the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW., and many other venues (see Showtimes for details). Free. (202) 342-2564. (Mark Jenkins)