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Watch Five Pulitzer Center-Supported Short Films on the Environment

Event Date:

March 19 - 28, 2021
Image by Sean Gallagher. Cambodia, 2020.

In the heart of South East Asia, fires and chainsaws are clearing Cambodia’s last fragments of...

Black and white portrait of a woman standing in a lake, with the water coming up to her ankles. She has long dark hair and wears a white shirt and dark pants. Superimposed on top of her is a semi-translucent image of a leaf.
Celinda Cahuaza, who is knowledgeable about medicinal plants, on the shores of Lake Cashibo, Pucallpa, Peru. Image by Florence Goupil. Peru, 2020.

As part of the 2021 virtual D.C. Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF), the Pulitzer Center is presenting five short films created by grantees on such issues as deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and their impacts on Indigenous communities. Those shorts, along with a Q&A with grantee Sean Gallagher that was live-streamed on March 20, will be available to view for free through March 28.

Short films include:

Cambodia Burning
Using a unique mix of aerial cinematography and poetry, Cambodia Burning explores the changes in the country’s landscapes brought about by deforestation and forest fires, and the emotional impacts they have had on Cambodian people.

Diálogo con las plantas
Addressing the use of traditional plant-based medicine is a gateway to the diverse flora that the Shipibo-Konibo have long used and protected. But today, this awareness linked to plants is in danger of disappearing.

A Nun, a Shooting and the Unlikely Legacy That Could Save the Amazon Rainforest
Sister Dorothy Stang rides a motorcycle and camps in the jungle. Often, from the shadows of the forest, she is watched. There is a bounty on her head. She knows this, but she doesn’t know that today she is being followed.

Widespread Logging Threatens the Congo Basin's Critical Rainforest
The Wamba forest is part of the Congo Basin, a richly biodiverse area containing 600 types of trees. But logging and deforestation are rampant. Under the government of Joseph Kabila, more than 100 square kilometers were given to timber companies.

A vida numa reserva extrativista na Floresta Amazônica
A project to generate renewable energy that went wrong led extractivists from the Middle Juruá in the state of Amazonas to one of the most successful partnerships in the history of local communities.


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Environment and Climate Change

Environment and Climate Change
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Health Inequities

Health Inequities
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Indigenous Rights

Indigenous Rights
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Land Rights

Land Rights