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Urban Legacies, Rural Traditions: Pulitzer Center at DC Environmental Film Festival

Event Date:

March 25, 2014 | 6:30 PM EDT
Image by Sean Gallagher. India, 2013.

Pollution in India is a hidden problem with catastrophic consequences affecting rural and urban...

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Image by Sean Gallagher. India, 2013

Pulitzer Center Shorts at the Environmental Film Festival of the Nation's Capital


Join us on Tuesday, March 25, for a screening of short documentaries by Pulitzer Center grantee journalists about the environmental and social consequences of urban industries--and a growing movement to return to rural life.

Journalists Sean Gallagher, Brendan Hoffman, Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson will discuss their work. Reception follows.

Free but please reserve your seat today:

India's Toxic Tanneries: On the banks of the Ganges River, the city of Kanpur has become India's leading producer of leather, with 95 percent of its products destined for western markets. Behind this record production however lies a toxic legacy that has poisoned both the environment and people of the region. Dangerous levels of chromium are being discharged into the air, water and soil leaving a trail of illness and ecological devastation. A film by Sean Gallagher. India, 2013

Monotown: Asbest: Asbest, Russia, is like many small industrial towns the world over, struggling to survive on the proceeds of an antiquated business as younger generations move away. Nikolai Ross, 25, grew up in Asbest and is committed to making it flourish. A film by Brendan Hoffman and Anna Nemtsova. Russia, 2013.

Down to the Countryside: 2011 marked the moment when China's population became more urban than rural. This is a significant change for a population of more than 1 billion, which as recently as 1998 was 70 percent rural. At the same time, a back-to-the-land movement is emerging in China, led by urban intellectuals who are experimenting with alternative development models in the countryside. A film by Yunfan Sun and Leah Thompson. China, 2013.

Tuesday, March 25
6:30 pm
Carnegie Institution for Science
Root Auditorium
1530 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle

Reception follows.
Please remember to RSVP:

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