National Building Museum

Film Program: Made in Ilima

Saturday, February 24, 2018
4:45 PM - 6:15 PM


Tickets for this film are available for purchase at the door.

In the center of Equator Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. The people have coexisted with endangered wildlife in the surrounding forest for generations, but as the pace of development has increased, this fragile ecosystem has suffered.

They partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation and MASS Design Group in 2012 to create a new conservation-focused primary school and community center. This film documents the collective building process—one aimed at leveraging local craft and ecological knowledge towards education, preservation, and beauty.
Director: Thatcher Bean
2017 / 65 min / USA

This feature film will be screened in the Museum's Auditorium.

This feature film is followed by Pisces.
Director: Brad Deal
2017 / 3 min / USA

Pisces, from Greek mythology, takes the form of two fish connected by a cord that allows them to help others and ensures that they don’t lose one another. Pisces and its myths are the framework for the Louisiana Tech School of Design’s 2017 design/build project. A bridge that provides a much needed connection between the two sides of a summer camp for children with special needs also creates a variety of opportunities for one of their favorite camp activities, fishing. 

Like Pisces’ chord, the project forever links the student designers to the campers they served through their first built work. This short film by Brad Deal, architect and director of the ARCH 335 design/build studio at Louisiana Tech, provides a glimpse of the connections formed between three students and three camper’s families over the course of the project and is framed by the blossoming efforts in design education to connect students to their communities and discover the power of design to bring about positive change.

These films will be followed by a Q & A. 

1.5 LU (AIA)

The Architecture & Design Film Festival: D.C. is presented by the Revada Foundation, courtesy of the estates of Reva and David Logan.

$12 Museum | $10 Student | $15 Non-member | $125 All Access 

Click here to buy the all-access pass which includes the opening night, reception, and auto-registration to all 27 films.

Tickets can be purchased at the door when available.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Image Credit: Still from Made in Ilima by Thatcher Bean, 2017.  

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