Near the River

Directed by Ada Vilageliu Díaz

A documentary about the role of women eco-leaders, their communities, and the environmental heritage of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

Near the Riverdocuments the cultural and environmental heritage of the Anacostia River and its impact on East of the River residents. This documentary focuses on the stories of women eco-leaders and community members about their relationships to the river after years of pollution and environmental neglect. Near the River features women eco-leaders who have redefined environmentalism, community activism, and our relationship with Mother Earth in the District. This film is based on the DC-WE project by Ecohermanas sponsored through a DC Community Heritage Project Grant by Humanities Council of Washington, DC. 

 

Film Festival Selection

Near the River Goes Around the World

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Green Me Film Festival

Los Angeles 2016

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Ecozine

Zaragoza, Spain 2016

 
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Special Screenings

 
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Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

2016

Acknowledgments


National Park Service 

DC Historic Preservation Office

Piscataway Nation

Three Part Harmony Farm

Community Farming Alliance

Earth Conservation Corps

Social Justice Artist Caryl Henry Alexander

The First Gathering of The National Congress of the Black American Indians and “All Our Relations”

Historian Dr. Gail Sylvia Lowe from the Anacostia Community Museum 

Afro Outdoors

Anacostia Watershed Society

 
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Cast & Crew

NEAR THE RIVER

Directed by

Ada Vilageliu-Díaz


Produced by

Ángela Adrar

Ada Vilageliu-Díaz

                             


Edited by

Josep Vilageliu


Sound

Tommy Duren


Interview Team

Rabiah Al Nur

Angela Adrar

Kari Fulton


Assistant Production

Ayisah Yusuf

Laly Díaz


Based on the Project DC Women Eco-Leaders, DC-WE  

Nosotras Somos DC


With


Brenda Lee Richardson, MSW

President of Chozen Consulting, LLC


Rabiah Al Nur

Director/Founder of Spring Of Light


Natalie Proctor

Piscataway, Museum Director


Cryztal Proctor

Piscataway, Graphic Artist Conoy Creations


Chardé Reid

Assistant City Archeologist, DC Historic Preservation Office


Mia L Carey

Zoologist, DC Historic Preservation Office


Akima Price

Urban EE and Community Action Strategist


Brenda Richardson

Ecofeminist MSW, President of Chozen Consulting, LLC


Karen McCoy

Anacostia resident


Yvonne McCoy

Anacostia resident


Alyce McLendon Chenault Gullattee

Psychiatrist


Reverend Marjani Dele

Minister and Permaculturist


Bokor Iya Mari Brown

Priest, Temple of Nyame


Gail Taylor

Farmer and Founder of Three Part Harmony Farm


Iantha Gantt-Wright

Founder of the Kenian Group


Raynard Smith 

Earth Conservation Corps


LaShauntya Moore

Earth Conservation Corps


And the kids

Kingston Saul Cowan

Angelica Evie Cowan



Gathering of the National Congress of Black American Indians

Jay Winter Nightwolf

Originator & Host of “The American Indians’ Truths”


Jai Gola Waya Sunoyi

Cherokee, Shoshone, Taino – NCBAI Founder & Director


Nana Kwabena Brown

Priest – Temple of Nyame


Chief Margarito Asqueno

Maya Lenca, Nahuatl of Mexico, Central & South America


Cacike Roberto Mukaro Borrero

United Confederation of Taino People


Mother Romi Encinas

The Yaqui Nation


Rabiah Al Nur

Cheyenne/Blackfoot/Powhatan/Cherokee Grandmother, healer


Iya Motilewa Osunnui

Director of the Domestic & International Program


Iya Mari

High Priestess of Temple of Nyame


Bo Manbo Abena Disroe

High Priestess of Vodoun, NCBAI Council


Dr. Daryl Thorne

Pamunkey, Mattaponi, Cherokee


Constance Morigneau

Salish Kootenai Nation of Montana


Maimouna Youssef

African/Choctaw/Cherokee, Vocalist, Songwriter, Emcee & Poet


Rev. Graylan Hagler

Pastor Plymouth Congregational Church of Christ


Tony Regusters

Seminole, Former Interim General Manager of WPFW


Dr. L. Akilah Karima Mc Daniel

NCBAI Board of Directors


Baba Yumi Steve Hooks

Cherokee, Blackfeet & Creek, Native flute


Penny Gamble-Williams

Chappaquiddick Wampanoag, Activist, Scholar, Musician, Radio host, Artist


Mwalim M.J. Peters, Wampanoag

(google Groovalottos)


Dr. V. Abena Nia Shell

Cherokee


Katherine Cromwell

Cherokee


Lynetta Barrow

Mohawk


Professor Verona Iriarte

Cherokee, Taino