Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo in the DC Environmental Film Festival

By Wendy Rieger
|  Thursday, Mar 25, 2010  |  Updated 7:26 AM EDT
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Bugs, Food and Megamalls Tonight at Film Fest

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"Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo"

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"Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo." 91 mins. Apparently the people of Japan have a fascination with beetles. So much so, that someone recently paid $90,000 to purchase one of the insects. This movie is about more than insects. It's a look at the culture and history of Japan, which developed a love for insects while the rest of the world became repelled by the creatures. The film examines the folklore and philosophy of a people who allow somethng as mundane as an insect to be elevated to such heights.  At the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at 8 p.m. A discussion with filmmaker Jessica Oreck follows the screening.

"Megamall." 81 mins. Imagine a shopping center the size of sixteen football fields. The documentary "Megamall"  follows the making of one of the county's largest malls -- 18 miles outside New York City.  How does such a beast affect an area and what were they thinking?  All aspects of the conception of this are explored in this film, which plays at 6:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum. Tickets are $10 to $12.

"E-2 Transport: Food Miles"  and  "The Great Food Revolution: 24 Hours, 24 Million Meals." 65 mins. total. Two docs look at how food transits our world to arrive on our palates. The average meal travels 1,500 miles. What is the impact of all those fossil fuels on the environment, and is there a better way? At 7 p.m. at Maret School.

"Our Daily Bread." 92 mins. A look at industrialized food production in Europe. 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Austria.

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