7 Garden Films
March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of the American Indian
(Canada, 2008, 10 min.) Washington, D.C.
the language of the Squamish Nation, Cease Wyss was given the name
“Woman who travels by canoe to gather medicines for all people.” In director
Kamala Todd’s lyrical portrait, Wyss reveals the remarkable healing powers of
the sprawling urban streets of downtown Vancouver. Directed by Kamala Todd. Produced by Selwyn
by Melissa Bisagni, Media Initiatives Program Manager, National Museum of the
American Indian. Discussion with filmmaker Toshifumi Matsushita follows
The screening begins at 7:00 p.m.
program is one of the Museum’s “Dinner and A Movie” events. The Museum’s
Zagat-rated Mitsitam Native Foods Café offers a full menu from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Museum of the American Indian,
Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater, First Level, Fourth St. &
Independence Ave., SW (Metro: L’Enfant Plaza, Maryland Ave./Smithsonian Museums
March 20, 2:00 p.m.
Museum of African Art
ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI
(USA, 2008, 81 min.)
2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the grassroots Green Belt Movement
Wangari Maathai discovered her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural
whom she had grown up. They told her their lives had become intolerable: they
longer distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was disappearing
children were suffering from malnutrition. Maathai thought to herself, “Well,
trees?” She soon discovered tree planting had a ripple effect of empowering
change. Directed and produced by
and Alan Dater.
with one of the filmmakers and a representative of the Green Belt
required. Please call 202-633-4646.
Museum of African Art,
Lecture Hall, 950 Independence Ave., SW (Metro: Smithsonian or L’Enfant
March 21, 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History
and Agriculture Films
(USA, 2009, 52 min.) Washington, DC
Premiere Spotlighting a 21st century organic family farm
off the grid in the heart of urban Pasadena, California, this film documents the
activities of the Dervaes family. In addition to growing much of their own food,
they raise a menagerie of chickens, ducks
goats. Ultimately a family story, the film is an intimate human portrait of what
live according to your environmental ideals. Directed by Robert McFalls.
Museum of Natural History,
Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave.,
(Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)
March 22, 6:30 p.m.
Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
from 2009 United Nations Association Traveling Film
(USA, 2008, 56 min.) Washington, DC
Premiere Carrie and Mary Dann are feisty
Shoshone sisters have their livestock graze on the open range outside their
private ranch. That range is part of 60 million acres recognized as Western
Shoshone land by the U.S. in the 1863 Treaty of
Valley, but in 1974 the U.S. sued the Dann sisters for trespassing on that land
permit. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management insists the sisters are degrading
The Dann sisters say the real reason is the resources hidden below this
it so happens that Western Shoshone land is the second largest
producing area in the world. Directed and
produced by Beth and George Gage.
by Margel Highet, Associate Director, Energy, Resources and
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Discussion with
Founder and Executive Director, United Nations Association Film Festival,
For more details about the United Nations Association Traveling Film
please visit www.unaff.org.
H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies,
Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
(Metro: Dupont Circle)
March 22, 7:00 p.m.
MAN NAMED PEARL
(USA, 2006, 78 min.) The inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl
Fryar begins when he bought a house in a “black” neighborhood and began
fashioning a garden that would attract positive attention. His goal
modest, but clear: to become the first African-American to win Bishopville,
South Carolina’s “Yard of the Month” award. The Pearl Fryar
Garden has been designated a Preservation Project of The Garden Conservancy. Directed and produced by Scott Galloway and
Brent Pierson. Winner of the Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award and
Salem Film Festival Audience Award.
by Lindsay Hicks, Horticulture Education Programs Specialist, U.S.
Discussion with Pearl Fryar follows screening.
Registration is required as seating is limited. Please register by calling the
arboretum's reservation line at 202-245-4519.
Administration Building Auditorium, 3501 New York Ave., NE (Enter only at the
gate at R & 24th Sts., NE. The New
York Avenue gate will not be open.)
March 25, 5:30 p.m.
Oaks, Harvard University Garden and Landscape Studies Program
followed by Reception
Sculpture Gardens: A Brief Illustrated History
do people respond so well to works of art in outdoor settings? John Walsh,
Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, shows why in a lecture
illustrated with film and slides. As part of his talk, Walsh presents the film,
ART WITHOUT WALLS: THE MAKING OF
(USA, 2007, 29 min.) Washington, D.C.
the creation of Seattle’s new Olympic Sculpture Park, which transformed a
polluted fuel storage site in the heart of Seattle into a public green space
that combines important contemporary sculpture with environmental art and
natural beauty. Directed by Rustin
Thompson. Produced by Ann Hedreen.
by John Beardsley, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies,
Reception follows program.
are required. Please RSVP by March 22 at [email protected] or
Main House, Music Room, 1703 32nd St., NW (Metrobuses: 32, 36, D6)
March 26, 6:30 p.m.
(USA, 2009, 80 min.) Washington, D.C.
story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the
history of North America. Noticing a connection between health conditions and
exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides, the town of Hudson, Quebec
eventually enacted a by-law that banned the use of all chemical pesticides and
herbicides. The mightiest chemical companies in North America put their full
legal weight on the tiny
and eventually the case made it to the Supreme Court of Canada. It’s an
inspiring story of overcoming great odds and demonstrates the power of people
coming together as environmental advocates to effect great change in our
society. Directed by Brett Plymale.
Produced by Paul Tukey and Tim Rhys.
by a representative of AED. Discussion with filmmaker and star of the
Tukey follows screening.
1927 Florida Ave., NW (Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St. exit)