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On Pipelines and Protests, RVA Environmental Film Festival
February 10 @ 3:15 pmFREE
**ALL FILMS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC**
“Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock,” a documentary about the North Dakota pipeline protests, will be screened at the Byrd Theatre on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. It is one of roughly 20 films the RVA Environmental Film Festival will bring to screens across the Richmond area over the next two weeks.
“Awake” focuses on those Native American protesters. Josh Fox, the documentary’s director, said he was drawn to the project because of the spiritual nature of the protest.
Melissa Lesh, director of the RVA Environmental Film Festival, said she was intrigued by the film “because it’s an ongoing battle. It’s hard to get a full picture (of an issue) when you read articles or see short news clips. When you can see feature-length stories of the actual people who went through it, that can be a very powerful experience.”
Lesh also said the film, as well as the story of Standing Rock, “speaks to free speech, water conservation and social justice.”
Other films coming to the RVA Environmental Film Festival include “Jane,” a documentary on Jane Goodall that will be screened in Richmond for the first time on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Commons Theater at Virginia Commonwealth University; and “Tidewater,” a documentary on coastal flooding in the Hampton Roads area on Saturday at 4:50 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre.
All films are free to the public.
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