Event — Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Environmental Film Festival: “Taïga”

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of American History

14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016, 1:00 pm

Guests: William W. Fitzhugh, director of the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center; Paula T. DePriest, deputy director of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute

Details: Hamid Sardar’s breathtaking documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the world of Mongolian sheepherders, who must battle the twin predations of wolves and mining interests in the delicate ecosystem of the steppe. “Taïga” has won a FIPA d’Or, the jury prize at the Festival d’Etonnant Voyageurs in Paris; the grand prize from the Union de Radio et Television International (URTI) for best documentary at the Monte Carlo Golden Nymph Awards; and an “Etoile” de la SCAM as one of the thirty most influential films of 2014. A discussion with two Smithsonian experts on conservation issues and the Arctic follows the screening. (Dir.: Hamid Sardar, France, 2014, 52 min., Blu-ray, Mongolian with English subtitles)

Cost: Free

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