On Friday, the organization Environmentalists of Color is partnering with One Earth Film Festival to host a virtual screening and discussion centered on the subject of “Outdoors While Black: Unpacking History, Reframing Safety & Taking Action.”
A pair of short films – “This Land” and “Behind the Binoculars” – will be screened and followed by a conversation with guests, including “This Land” filmmaker Faith E. Briggs and J. Drew Lanham, a wildlife ecology professor, author and birder featured in “Behind the Binoculars.”
“This Land” follows Briggs, who’s also a runner, on a 150-mile journey through threatened national monuments. Along the trail, she and her companions tackle topics of race, gender and politics.
“I want everyone to see someone that looks like them outside, doing something they love,” Briggs says in the film.
“Behind the Binoculars” shows Lanham’s care for what’s both behind the binoculars (the people) and what’s in front of them (the birds). Lanham is also the author of “Nine Rules for the Black Birdwatcher,” “Birding While Black,” and “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.”
Register for the free event, which runs 6-8 p.m. Friday, to watch the films and join the post-screening discussion.