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Films Across Borders: Stories in a Changing World Featuring "Girl Rising 5th Anniversary"Tuesday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET

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Films Across Borders Girl Rising

Join us for a live virtual panel discussion about Girl Rising 5th Anniversary. Sarah Menke-Fish, American University (AU) School of Communication Professor and Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include: Macarena Sáez, Exec Dir of Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, Shiraz Chakera, Education Specialist for Gender Equality and Girls' Education, UNICEF; and Naomi Moland, AU School of International Service Professorial Lecturer.

The fifth anniversary edition of Girl Rising travels the globe to meet nine unforgettable girls, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Directed by Academy Award Nominee, Richard E. Robbins, produced by Martha Adams, written by acclaimed female writers, and voiced by celebrated actresses including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway and more, Girl Rising proves that one girl with courage is a revolution.

CEF Presents: The National Park Service Student Video Showcase Friday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET

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CEF-NPS Student Showcase

The Center For Environmental Filmmaking presents a showcase of outstanding videos created with different divisions of the National Park Service including the Office of Science Access and Engagement, the Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance, and Harpers Ferry Center for Interpretive Design. Thanks to paid fellowships provided by NPS, students have the opportunity to work in the field with scientists, park managers, NPS communicators, and others. From Tlingit cultural practices with Glacier Bay National Park, to wildlife and conservation stories in the greater D.C. area, to historically significant scientific research in location, to landscape-scale Biosphere regions, these videos reveal the extraordinary values and resources of the National Park System.

Films Across Borders: Stories in a Changing World Featuring "Cooked: Survival By Zipcode"Thursday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m. ET

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Films Across Borders

Join us for a live virtual conversation with filmmaker Judith Helfand about her film Cooked: Survival By Zip Code. The conversation will be moderated by Executive Director of The Center for Environmental Filmmaking and SOC Professor Maggie Burnette Stogner.

Cooked: Survival By Zip Code is an award-winning feature documentary about extreme heat, the politics of disaster and survival by zip code. In July 1995, a heat wave overtook Chicago: high humidity and a layer of heat-retaining pollution drove the heat index up to more than 126 degrees. City roads buckled, rails warped, electric grids failed, thousands became ill and people began to die — by the hundreds. Cooked tells the story of this heat wave, the most traumatic in U.S. history, in which 739 Chicago citizens died in a single week, most of them poor, elderly, and African American. Balancing serious and somber with her respectful, albeit ironic and and signature quirkly style, Peabody award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand explores this drama that, when peeled away, reveals the less newsworthy but long-term crisis of pernicious poverty, economic, and social isolation and racism.

Recent Past Events

We Are Sorry This Video Is Not Available in Your Country”: An Ethical Analysis of Geo-blocking Audiovisual Online ContentThursday, October 7, 2021

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Films Across Borders: Stories in a Changing World 2021 Kickoff Event Featuring "With Drawn Arms"Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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Films Across Borders With Drawn Arms


Are We There Yet?: Progress and Challenges for Women in Politics and Media, 2020 and BeyondThursday, September 23, 2021

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Are We There Yet?

Visual Journalism on the Edge Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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Visual Journalism on the Edge



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