Books The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

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Science  08 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6235, pp. 628-631
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6235.628

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Each March, the museums, embassies, libraries and local theaters of Washington, DC play host to a festival of films that shed light on pressing environmental issues. Many of the screenings are free, and all are open to the public. A number of this year's films sought to draw specific attention to climate change, a move organizers' hoped would help the festival "serve as a signpost" on the route to the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference, which will be held later this year in Paris, France. Other films challenged audiences to confront the role of humans in wildlife extinction, invited viewers to think twice about our seemingly insatiable appetites for food and fuel, and encouraged the adoption of more sustainable ways of life. Read on to see what our reviewers thought of 9 of this year's films.