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For the first time in its 25-year history, the Environmental Film Festival is expanding beyond the nation’s capital and hitting the road for a special showcase in Boston, Massachusetts. The Tufts Institute of the Environment is proud to be a partner of this exciting event.


The two-day event will take place from September 28-29 at Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. In line with TIE’s commitment to addressing the environment and environmental concerns from an interdisciplinary lens, the 4 environmental films that will be featured cover a range of topics, from the science and impact of climate change, to water scarcity, and the dark side of technology. These exceptional films are all Boston premieres.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, scientists and experts. The On Tour showcase is a part of HUBweek, a creative festival that celebrates innovation at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

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September 28th

Women & Water


6:00 pm (Spain, 2014, 58 min.)

Directed and produced by Nocem Collado.

Winner of the 2015 Green Film Network Award!

In rural India, women are tasked with providing water to their families, which also means being held responsible for their physical health – but often access to water depends on forces beyond their control. Bottled water companies pump aquifers dry, leaving towns without groundwater, while “untouchables” are only allowed access to contaminated sources. Control of water means controlling people’s ability to live, so in Women and Water it becomes a dramatic conduit into the intersection of resource issues and social injustice in contemporary India.

Co-presented by The Nature Conservancy.

* Screening of The Nature of People (11 min.) will precede this film. Discussion with filmmaker Nocem Collado and Mark Smith, deputy director of The Nature Conservancy’s North America Water program, moderated by Maryanne Culpepper, Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, follows screening.

Antarctica: Ice and the Sky

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8:15 pm (France, 2015, 89 min.)

Directed by Luc Jacquet and produced by Richard Grandpierre and Frédéric Doniguian.

Drilling down into the Antarctic ice fields in the 1950s, Claude Lorius brought about a sweeping change in our vision of the world when he discovered the effects of climate change. At 82, he returns there one last time, looking back on six decades of research and adventure to tell a much larger story: the history of the Earth’s climate, and the fraught future that awaits us. Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) captures his journey in all its grandeur, bringing both the frozen majesty of the South Pole and the human tenacity of Lorius himself to the big screen.
* Discussion with Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute and Gavin A. Schmidt, climatologist, climate modeler and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, moderated by science reporter Ari Daniel, follows screening.


September 29th 

Death by Design


6:00 pm (US, 2016, 74 min.)

Directed by Sue Williams. Produced by Sue Williams and Hilary Klotz Steinman.

Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. This is a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies and the tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Co-presented by GlobeDocs.

* Discussion with filmmaker Sue Williams, film subjects Ted Smith and Amanda Hawes, moderated by Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for WBGH, follows screening.

The Age of Consequences

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8:15 pm (US, 2016, 80 min.)

Written, directed and produced by Jared P. Scott. Executive produced by Sophie Robinson.

The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and conflict. Unchecked, these threats and risks could continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

Co-presented by Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy.

* Discussion with filmmakers Jared P. Scott and Sophie Robinson, film subject, the Hon. Sharon Burke, and Captain James C. Goudreau, former Acting Deputy Assistant of the Navy for Energy, moderated by Peter Fox-Penner of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainability Energy, follows screening.