Year-Round Screenings
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THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Tuesday, June 27, 7:30 pm

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.

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FANNY’S JOURNEY (ENCORE PRESENTATION)

Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 pm

2017 WJFF Closing Night film. Based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength, and survival, centered on a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fears no one.

DOCS IN THE CITY

Presented by Docs in Progress and the Washington Jewish Film Festival
Things get personal as we delve into the lives of two filmmakers and their families in an exploration of the genre of personal documentary. Join for one or both films ($13 each, $25 for both).

SEARCHING FOR MY JEWISH SOUL (WORK-IN-PROGRESS)

Sunday, August 6, 2:00 pm

A playful Jewish mom and filmmaker is on a mission to influence her millennial daughters on a subject in which they have little interest—the importance of raising her unborn grandchildren Jewish.

Screening of work-in-progress followed by an audience feedback session with filmmaker Bonnie Rich, facilitated by Erica Ginsberg from Docs In Progress.

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51 BIRCH STREET

Sunday, August 6, 4:00 pm

Spanning 60 years and three generations, 51 Birch Street weaves together hundreds of faded snapshots, 8mm home movies, and two decades of footage in a tale of what can happen when our most fundamental assumptions about family are suddenly called into question.

Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Doug Block, moderated by Andrea Passafiume from Docs In Progress.

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Docs In The City is a screening series presented by Docs In Progress and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. ASL interpretation will be provided.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

August 9–13, 2017
Each year the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invites countries to submit a single film for consideration in the competitive category of Best Foreign Language Film. For Your Consideration is a choice sampling of these submissions, curated by California Film Institute, offering a rare opportunity to view some of the most distinguished works in world cinema.

Wednesday, August 9 Thursday, August 10 Saturday, August 12 Sunday, August 13
6:30 pm – The Black Hen
8:30 pm – Afterimage
6:30pm – A Flickering Truth
8:30pm – Fire at Sea
1:30pm – Tanna
3:45pm – I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced
6:00pm – Fire at Sea
8:30pm – Afterimage
1:30pm – The Black Hen
3:30pm – A Flickering Truth
5:30pm – Tanna
7:45pm – I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

AFTERIMAGE

Poland’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards®

In a finale to an illustrious moviemaking career, director Andrzej Wajda (who passed away in October) charts the life of the passionate artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski.

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THE BLACK HEN

Nepal’s submission for the 88th Academy Awards®, 2016

Mixing humor, tragedy and beautiful fantasy, first time writer/director Min Bahadur Bham borrows from his own experience growing up in a segregated village in Northern Nepal during the Maoist insurgency.

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FIRE AT SEA

Italy’s submission for the 88th Academy Awards®, 2016 – Nominated for Best Documentary

Gianfranco Rosi’s stunning documentary focuses on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a key entry point for refugees fleeing war and persecution in Africa.

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A FLICKERING TRUTH

New Zealand’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards®, 2017

An extraordinary documentary that literally blows the dust off of 100 years of conflict, revealing cinematic gems of the Afghani film archives that were ravaged, burned and banned by Taliban interdiction.

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I AM NOJOOM, AGE 10 AND DIVORCED

Yemen’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards®, 2017

Amid strikingly beautiful and stark landscapes, this true story of underage marriage reflects the painful reality of Yemeni tribal culture and the vulnerability of girls.

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TANNA

Australia’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards®, 2017 – Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film

Venice Film Festival winner Tanna is the tale of young lovers caught between the traditions and taboos of their tribe and following the desires of their hearts.

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AMERICAN SOCIALIST

Saturday, August 19, 7:00 pm

Bernie Sanders inspired a generation – but who inspired him? American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs is the culmination of five years of research and production. Its inspiration was the use of the word “socialist” as a political epithet, and director Yale Strom wanted to define and contextualize the term.

Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Yale Strom and writer Elizabeth Schwartz.