September 2014

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Cover Story

Malaysia Picks Up Pieces After
Back-to-Back Plane Tragedies

a5.cover.malaysia.crash.homeVeteran politician Awang Adek Hussin had barely eased into his new position as Malaysia's ambassador when the impossible happened: A second Malaysia Airlines jet had fallen out of the sky. Read More 

People of World Influence

Mideast Expert Offers Cold Dose
Of Reality on Region's Problems

a1.powi.aaron.miller.homeAaron David Miller offers a cold, clear-eyed dose of reality when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East in general — a pessimism born of extensive experience. Read More


Syria on Backburner

Syria's Slow-Motion Humanitarian
Disaster Falls Off Media Radar

a2.syria.children.tent.homeSyria may have faded from the front pages of American news outlets, but the country's humanitarian catastrophe shows no signs of slowing down. Read More


Central American Quandary

Central American Diplomats Urge
Compassion in Child Migration Crisis

a3.central.america.children.home.storyCentral America has become the new center of gravity in the polarized debate over immigration, but there are no easy fixes to a problem that has deep-seeded roots on both sides of the border. Read More


Africa's Moment to Shine

Behind Fanfare of Africa Summit
Lie Questions About Messaging

a4.africa.summit.kerry.homeNearly 50 African heads of state descended on D.C. last month for an unprecedented summit that sought to cast the continent in a new light — despite the specter of old problems. Read More


Tea Party Target

Ex-Im Chief, U.S. Businesses,
Try to Save Beleaguered Bank

a6.export.import.bank.hochberg.homeTea party Republicans have made shutting down the Export-Import Bank a cause célèbre despite the fact that American businesses say it helps them compete in an increasingly globalized world. Read More


Ambassador Backlog

Senate Partisan Gridlock Leaves
America Without Ambassadors

a7.ambassador.backlog.senate.homePartisan sniping in Congress has kept the United States from filling key ambassador posts around the world. Read More

Medical

Doctors Not Making Maximum
Use of Minimally Invasive Surgery

a8.medical.laproscopic.surgery.homeMore than two decades after it revolutionized surgery and helped millions of patients recover more quickly, minimally invasive surgery is still being underused at U.S. hospitals despite its proven benefits. Read More


   

Mideast Expert Offers Cold Dose of Reality on Region’s Problems

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By Michael Coleman

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Syria’s Slow-Motion Humanitarian Disaster Falls Off Media Radar

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Central American Diplomats Urge Compassion in Child Migration Crisis

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By Larry Luxner

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Behind Fanfare of Africa Summit Lie Questions About Messaging

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Malaysia Picks Up Pieces After Back-to-Back Plane Tragedies

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By Larry Luxner

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Ex-Im Chief, U.S. Businesses, Try to Save Beleaguered Bank

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By Larry Luxner

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Senate Partisan Gridlock Leaves America Without Ambassadors

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By Miranda Katz

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Doctors Not Making Maximum Use of Minimally Invasive Surgery

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By Gina Shaw

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In Some Countries, Financial Literacy Skills Don’t Add Up

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By Carolyn Cosmos

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Area Muslims Seek Varied Educational Alternatives

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By Vanessa H. Larson

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Planning Commission Wants Chanceries Out of D.C. Residential Areas

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By Martin Austermuhle

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Exercise Offers Ambassadors Respite from Busy Schedules

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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No Excuses: Finding Time to Exercise Doesn’t Have to be Difficult

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Newseum Explores How Minorities Discovered Power of Press

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By Sarah Alaoui

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First-Time Ambassador, Wife Adjust to Life Outside Papua New Guinea

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By Gail Scott

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Two Generals Embody Divisive Spirit, Shared History of Civil War

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By Gary Tischler

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Colombian Artist Ponders Beauty of Women Beyond Archetypes

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By Miranda Katz

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Trinidad Native Sings Up a Storm in Stage Version of ‘Dirty Dancing’

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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New Chef Racks Up Accolades, Keeps Neighborhood Mainstay Fresh

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Love, Infidelity and Aimless Artists Collide in Bohemian Meditation

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Films - September 2014

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Languages

Bahasa Indonesia

French

Italian

Mandarin

Tagalog


Burmese

German

Japanese

Russian

Thai


English

Hebrew

Korean

Silent

Tibetan

Finnish

Hindi

Malay

Spanish

Vietnamese

Bahasa Indonesia

The Jungle School
(Sokola Rimba)

Directed by Riri Riza
(Indonesia, 2013, 92 min.)
This drama follows Butet Manurung, Time magazine’s 2004 “Hero of Asia,” as she evolves from an anthropologist into an educator and, finally, an activist. While working with indigenous people in Indonesia, Butet collapses from malaria. A tribal boy named Bungo comes to her aid, motivating her to teach the children in his remote clan, but her good intentions do not get the blessing of Bungo’s clan members (part of the ASEAN Film Festival; followed by a discussion with Gouri Mirpuri, wife of the Singaporean ambassador and co-writer of the book, and Ro King).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 7, 1 p.m.

Burmese

 Kayan Beauties
Directed by Aung Ko Latt
(Myanmar, 2012, 105 min.)
Three Kayan women and a young girl travel from their remote village in Myanmar to sell handicrafts in the distant city of Taunggyi, but when the girl is kidnapped by human traffickers, the women embark on a desperate search far from home and out of their element (in Burmese and Kayan; part of the ASEAN Film Festival).
Center for Strategic and International Studies
University of the District of Columbia
Sat., Sept. 6, 1 p.m.

English

The Blue Max

Directed by John Guillermin

(U.K., 1966, 156 min.)

A lowly German infantryman moves up the ranks to lieutenant and becomes a decorated fighter pilot, but his crude ambition rankles the sensibilities of the various "vons" in the privileged officer class.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Sept. 2, 3:20 p.m.,

Thu., Sept. 4, 4 p.m.

Doctor Zhivago

Directed by David Lean

(U.K., 1965, 212 min.)

David Lean's Oscar-winning adaptation of the Boris Pasternak classic recounts the time before, during and after the Russian Revolution, as experienced by soulful doctor/poet Omar Sharif and recounted later by his half-brother, Soviet army officer Alec Guinness.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sept. 1 to 4

Frank

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

(U.K./Ireland, 95 min.)

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson creates a wildly quirky comedy about a naïve young wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde rock band led by the mysterious Frank.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

God Help the Girl

Directed by Stuart Murdoch

(U.K., 2014, 111 min.)

In Glasgow, Scotland, a young girl starts writing songs as a way of coping with her problems, eventually moving to the city where she meets two other aspiring musicians.

AFI Silver Theatre

Opens Fri., Sept. 12

The Green Prince

Directed by Nadav Schirman

(Germany/U.S./U.K./Israel, 2014, 95 min.)

The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization Hamas becomes a spy for the Israelis (English and Hebrew).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 19

The Kill Team

Directed by Dan Krauss

(U.S., 2013, 79 min.)

Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing, but his pleas went unheeded and he was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Last Days in Vietnam

Directed by Rory Kennedy

(U.S., 2014, 97 min.)

This documentary examines the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, when the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as panicked South Vietnamese desperately tried to escape while American officials had to figure out whether to help.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 12

The Missing Picture

Directed by Rithy Panh

(Cambodia, 2013, 92 min.)

Director Rithy Panh recounts the firsthand experience of his family and friends' suffering at the hands of Pol Pot's communist regime. Because most of the existing recorded artifacts of that time are propaganda footage, Panh utilizes beautifully sculpted clay figurines and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory (part of the ASEAN Film Festival).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 7, 4 p.m.

Our Man in Havana

Directed by Carol Reed

(U.K., 1959, 111 min.)

A Havana vacuum cleaner salesman is surprised to find himself recruited by a Caribbean spymaster for service in MI6. He's happy for the extra income, but when nothing much happens, he spices up his reports to please his superiors.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sept. 5 to 11

A Passage to India

Directed by David Lean

(U.K./U.S., 1984, 164 min.)

In 1920s colonial India, headstrong Brit Judy Davis befriends a local doctor, but a mysterious event while touring the mystical Marabar caves leads to accusations of rape.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sept. 7 to 10

Paths of Glory

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

(U.S., 1958, 87 min.)

In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard orders his troops on a suicide mission to seize the heavily fortified "Ant Hill" from the Germans.

Goethe-Institut

Mon., Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Regeneration aka Behind the Lines

Directed by Gillies MacKinnon

(U.K./Canada, 1997, 114 min.)

This screen adaptation of Pat Barker's Man Booker Prize-winning novel chronicles the long road to recovery for Great War vets traumatized by their time at the front and the horrors of war.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sept. 12 to 17

Ryan's Daughter

Directed by David Lean

(U.K., 1970, 195 min.)

A British-occupied village in 1916 Ireland is scandalized when word gets out that the much-younger wife of a staid schoolteacher is carrying on an affair with a British officer.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Sept. 1, 12:30 p.m.

The Swan

Directed by Charles Vidor

(U.S., 1956, 104 min.)

A Mittel-European princess (Grace Kelly, in her Hollywood swansong, before marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco) is torn between marrying the Crown Prince Alexander (Alec Guinness), as her family desperately desires, and her love for a dashing tutor.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sept. 7 to 10

The Trip to Italy

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

(U.K., 2014, 108 min.)

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon team up again, this time for another comedic, improved road trip through Italy.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Westfront 1918

Directed by G.W. Pabst

(Germany, 1930, 93 min.)

Four German soldiers spend the last months of World War I fighting on the French front in the first talkie by Austrian filmmaker G. W. Pabst.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Sept. 6, 11 a.m.,

Sun., Sept. 7, 11 a.m.

Yentl

Directed by Barbara Streisand

(U.S., 1983, 134 min.)

In her directorial debut, Barbra Streisand stars as Yentl, a young woman who wants nothing more than to study religious scripture but is denied that possibility because she is a woman. So she moves, passes herself off as a male named Anshel, and then begins her studies.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.

The Zero Theorem

Directed by Terry Gilliam

(U.K./Romania/France/U.S., 2013, 107 min.)

A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

AFI Silver Theatre

Opens Fri., Sept. 19

Finnish

Helsinki, Forever

Directed by Peter von Bagh

(Finland, 2008, 74 min.)

An exquisite collage portrait of Finland's capital as captured by the country's leading feature and documentary makers over a period of one hundred years, "Helsinki, Forever" is also an essay on Finnish culture in a broader sense.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m.

French

Bicycling with Molière

(Alceste à bicyclette)

Directed by Philippe Le Guay

(France, 2013, 104 min.)

In this warm, funny, literate comedy, two French actors portray two French actors, friends who are at odds with one another in every possible way, except their love of Molière's "The Misanthrope."

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Sept. 17, 8 p.m.

Jealousy

(La Jalousie)

Directed by Philippe Garrel

(France, 2013, 77 min.)

Shot in lustrous, widescreen black and white, the film opens with a man leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision.

The Avalon Theatre

Joyeux Noël

Directed by Christian Carion

(France/Germany/U.K./Belgium/Romania/Norway, 2005, 116 min.)

German, French and British soldiers set aside their arms to celebrate a day of peace and brotherhood (in French and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Sept. 14, 11:10 a.m.,

Tue., Sept. 16, 7 p.m.

Love Like Poison

(Un poison violent)

Directed by Katell Quillévéré

(France, 2010, 92 min.)

Anna, a 14 year-old girl, returns home for the holidays from her Catholic boarding school to find that her father has left. Emotionally devastated, her mother seeks the help of a local priest, while Anna grows close to a free-spirited boy who cares little about God (French, Italian and English).

Embassy of France

Tue., Sept. 9, 7 p.m.

A Very Long Engagement

(Un long dimanche de fiançailles)

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

(U.S./France, 2004, 133 min.)

After her soldier fiancé goes missing in action under mysterious circumstances during the Battle of the Somme, determined Audrey Tautou undertakes a daring search for him herself.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Sept. 13, 1:30 p.m.

German

Comradeship

(Kameradshaft)

Directed by G.W. Pabst

(Germany/France, 1931, 93 min.)

Even though the Great War is over, tensions run high in the towns along the French-German border, but after a mining disaster on the French side traps some 600 French miners below ground, German miners volunteer to aid the French effort to rescue the men.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Sept. 3, 5 and 9 p.m.

Home from Home – Chronicle of a Vision

(Die andere Heimat – Chronik einer Sehnsucht)

Directed by Edgar Reitz

(Germany, 2013, 230 min.)

In the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans immigrated to faraway South America in a desperate bid to escape the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home. This drama and love story is set against the true backdrop of this forgotten tragedy and centers around two brothers who realize that only their dreams can save them.

Goethe-Institut

Wed., Sept. 10, 6 p.m.

Nosferatu

(Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens)

Directed by F.W. Murnau

(Germany, 1922, 81 min.)

This silent classic is based on the story "Dracula," in which Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new real estate agent's wife.

Goethe-Institut

Mon., Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Run, Boy, Run

(Lauf Junge lauf)

Directed by Pepe Danquart

(France/Germany, 2013, 107 min.)

After escaping the Warsaw ghetto at the behest of his father, a 9-year old Polish boy seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Hebrew

Life According to Agfa

Directed by Assi Dayan

(Israel, 1992, 100 min.)

After a group of chauvinist soldiers are kicked out of a Tel Aviv pub with a multicultural clientele, the unintended consequences are greater than anyone could have imagined.

Washington DCJCC

Sun., Sept. 14, 11 a.m.

Hindi

Siddharth

Directed by Richie Mehta

(Canada/India, 2014, 97 min.)

Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi, who slowly begins to suspect that his 12-year-old son was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mehendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took his son might return him unharmed.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Italian

Journey to Italy

(Viaggio in Italia)

Directed by Roberto Rossellini

(Italy/France, 1954, 97 min.)

Traveling through southern Italy, a mismatched English couple is at odds not only with each other, but also with the setting. But ultimately the landscape, their isolation, and the aura of their surroundings bring them to a near transcendent moment in their lives.

American University Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Fri., Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

Lisa and the Devil

(Lisa e il diavolo)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy/W. Germany/Spain, 1972, 95 min.)

Vacationing in the ancient walled city of Toledo, Spain, the lovely Lisa Reiner is spooked that the man shopping alongside her for antiques bears an uncanny resemblance to the devil depicted in an old fresco she viewed that day.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Sept. 11, 7:20 p.m.

Planet of the Vampires

(Terrore nello spazio)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Spain/Italy, 1965, 86 min.)

On a deep space mission from Earth, two spaceships respond to a distress signal coming from an unexplored planet, but most of the crew become possessed by a mysterious force, first causing them to slaughter one another, then reanimating their corpses.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Sept. 2, 9:30 p.m.

Rabid Dogs

(Cani arrabbiati)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy, 1974, 96 min.)

At a red-light street crossing, fleeing bank robbers carjack an innocent woman and force her to drive them to Rome.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Sept. 9, 7:20 p.m.

Shock aka Beyond the Door II

(Schock)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy, 1977, 93 min.)

Dora is a recently released mental patient who moves into her old home with her new husband, but when he goes out of town, her son seems to be possessed by the ghost of her ex-husband, a heroin addict who committed suicide.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Sept. 12, 9:30 p.m.,

Wed., Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Il Sorpasso

Directed by Dino Risi

(Italy, 1962, 105 min.)

Wonderfully mismatched costars Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant embark on a wildly reckless ride from Rome to rural southern Italy in this elegy on the unfettered energies of the early 1960s.

American University Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Sun., Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m.

Japanese

A Letter to Momo

(Momo e no tegami)

Directed by Hiroyuki Okiura

(Japan, 2011, 120 min.)

Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island, where she soon discovers three goblin spirits living in the attic, mischievous creatures that only she can see who, constantly hungry, create mayhem as she tries desperately to keep them hidden.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Korean

Kundo: Age of the Rampant

(Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae)

Directed by Jong-bin Yoon

(South Korea, 2014, 137 min.)

A pack of bandits calling themselves Kundo rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor in the last days of the Joseon Dynasty.

Area theaters

Malay

Bunohan

Directed by Dain Iskandar Said

(Malaysia, 2011, 97 min.)

Adil, a young Muay Thai kick-boxer, has just fled an honor fight-to-the-death and must hide from an assassin — Adil's stepbrother — who's been hired by the organizer of the death match to kill the fugitive (part of the ASEAN Film Festival).

American University SIS Founder's Room

Sat., Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Mandarin

Ilo Ilo

Directed by Anthony Chen

(Singapore, 2013, 99 min.)

Set in Singapore, "Ilo Ilo" chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life (part of the ASEAN Film Festival).

American University SIS Founder's Room

Sat., Sept. 13, 1 p.m.

Rock Me to the Moon

Directed by Huang Chia-Chun

(Taiwan, 2013, 115 min.)

Six middle-age fathers, all with children suffering from incurable rare diseases, find comfort in their music and undertake an impossible mission: to perform at the highly competitive Hohaiyan Rock Festival.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 5, 2 p.m.

Stray Dogs

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

(Taiwan/France, 2013, 138 min.)

An alcoholic father and his two young children attempt to survive in modern-day Taipei, where they eat food left over from supermarkets and seek shelter in abandoned buildings — until one stormy night when they encounter a woman from the past.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 5, 7 p.m.

Russian

The Gift to Stalin

Directed by Rustem Abdrashev

(Kazakhstan/Russia, 2008, 95 min.)

Set against the sweeping beauty of the Kazakh steppes, "Gift" is the heartwarming tale of a young orphaned Jewish boy who is sent into exile during a Stalinist purge, but saved by a gruff older Muslim (in Russian, Kazakh and Hebrew; includes a presentation from Kazakh Ambassador Kairat Umarov).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Silent

All Quiet on the Western Front

Directed by Lewis Milestone

(U.S., 1930, 132 min.)

A group of young friends in Germany, full of youthful passion and unquestioning patriotism, enlists in the Prussian Army at the outbreak of the Great War, but are soon shaken to their core by the horrors of trench warfare in this seminal screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic novel.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Sept. 6, 4 p.m.

Spanish

La Camioneta

Directed by Mark Kendall

(U.S./Guatemala, 2013, 71 min.)

Following the makeover of a decommissioned American school bus into one of the brightly colored camionetas that transport the majority of Guatemalans to work each day, "La Camioneta" deploys its transnational tale in a form that is both pointed and understated, while exploring a host of complex themes.

National Gallery of Art

Wed., Sept. 17, 1 p.m.,

Fri., Sept. 19, 1 p.m.

Tagalog

I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila!

Directed by Chris Martinez

(The Philippines, 2012, 120 min.)

Two teenage sweethearts who are both nursing students in Manila learn that they're going to become parents and decide to get married, but they quickly realize that their parents have other plans (part of the ASEAN Film Festival).

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Fri., Sept. 5, 5 p.m.

Thai

6ixtynin9

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(Thailand, 1999, 118 min.)

Depressed after being laid off from her job, Tum wakes up one morning to find a box of money outside her door, accidentally left there by gangsters. Tum's decision to keep the money gets her mixed up with a host of bungling thugs, and she soon starts running out of places to hide the corpses piling up in her flat.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

Headshot

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(Thailand, 2011, 105 min.)

A straight-laced cop is framed for a crime he didn't commit and loses his job. Disillusioned, he becomes an assassin for a shadowy syndicate dedicated to murdering fat-cat politicians, corrupt businessmen, and others who hold themselves above the law.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sat., Sept. 13, 2 p.m.

Invisible Waves

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(Thailand, 2006, 115 min.)

After carrying out a job to poison his boss's wife, Kyoji is sent on a cruise to Phuket, pursued by two mysterious characters who may have dastardly designs on him.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

Last Life in the Universe

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(Thailand, 2003, 112 min.)

Kenji is a lonely librarian's assistant attempting to hang himself in his Bangkok apartment when his plan is interrupted by his brother, who gets shot and killed by a Japanese gangster. Kenji kills his brother's murderer and flees, winding up at the home of a rambunctious young Thai woman.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 21, 2 p.m.

Monrak Transistor aka Transistor Love Story

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(Thailand, 2001, 129 min.)

A young man with dreams of pop stardom enjoys a simple life with his new wife in their country village until he is drafted into the army. Unhappy on the front, he soon goes AWOL to join a pop music troupe and pursue his dreams of becoming a singer (part of the ASEAN Film Festival).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 14, 2 p.m.

Nymph

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(Thailand, 2009, 108 min.)

An unhappily married couple tries to repair their relationship with a vacation in the country. Little do they know that two men were recently murdered there, and a mysterious force is trying to draw the husband deeper into the jungle.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m.

Ploy

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(Thailand, 2007, 105 min.)

A stranger's intrusion and a wife's suspicions about her husband's fidelity leads a Thai couple to reassess their seven-year-long marriage.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 28, 1 p.m.

Tibetan

Old Dog

Directed by Pema Tseden

(China, 2011, 88 min.)

An aged shepherd on the Himalayan plains struggles to keep his Tibetan mastiff, an ancient breed desired by pet dealers and dog thieves, in this beautiful depiction of contemporary Tibet, where rural society and traditional values clash with modernity.

Freer Gallery of Art

Thu., Sept. 4, 7 p.m.

Vietnamese

Floating Lives

Directed by Nguyen Phan Quang Binh

(Vietnam, 2010, 113 min.)

A man, angry at his wife's betrayal, lives with his two children among the labyrinth canals of the Mekong River — in exile from modern life and materialism that he sees as the reason for his wife giving into the temptations of self-indulgence (part of the ASEAN Film Festival).

University of the District of Columbia

Sat., Sept. 6, 3:30 p.m.

   

Events - September 2014

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ART 

Sept. 1 to Feb. 1

From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800–1925

The visual arts in Italy between the first stirrings of nationalistic sentiment and its corruption into Fascism — the long development of the modern Italian state — remained extraordinarily diverse and vital. The National Gallery of Art has in recent years begun to develop a collection of Italian prints and drawings of this period that is surpassed only by the holdings of Italy's principal museums.

National Gallery of Art

 

Sept. 1 to Feb. 1

Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

The final in a series of three exhibitions celebrating the generous bequest of Ruth Cole Kainen, this show explores the first seven decades of 20th-century American art.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 2

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed

This exhibition journeys through civilizations from 1250 B.C. to 1450, learning through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics and textiles created by the complex Andean civilizations in ancient Peru that rival anything made by the ancient Egyptians.

National Geographic Museum

 

Sept. 3 to Oct. 31

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014 – Franz Kafka with a special exhibition by Czech cartoonist Jiří Slíva featuring humorous drawing, lithographs and etchings inspired by Kafka and others. Slíva, who has been featured in over 150 publications including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, believes that "Kafka had fun for us," exemplified through the Czech writer's realism, humor and irony.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Through Sept. 5

Marks and Traces: Helga Thomson Retrospective

The work of Buenos Aires-born artist Helga Thomson, who studied in Argentina, Europe and the United States, encompasses etchings, collagraphs, monoprints, digital prints, mixed media and installations that are rich in color and content, reflecting a life story with deep symbolic references.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Through Sept. 7

Small Guide to Homeownership: Photography by Alejandro Cartagena of Mexico

This selection from Alejandro Cartagena's "Mexicana Suburbia" series considers the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Sept. 9 to Nov. 3

Gabriel Figueroa: Cinematographer – Great Moments in Mexico's Golden Era of Cinema

From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-97) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. This exhibition features film clips, photographs, posters and documents, as well as works by contemporary artists and filmmakers that draw from the vast inventory of distinctly Mexican imagery associated with Figueroa's cinematography.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Sept. 13 to Jan. 25

From the Library: The Book Illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe

Artistically gifted and socially well connected, Romeyn de Hooghe (1645–1708) can help us to unravel the complexities of the late Dutch Golden Age, particularly through his vast and varied oeuvre of book illustrations.

National Gallery of Art

 

Sept. 13 to March 22

Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

More than 20 works ranging in date from 1400 to 1600 form the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the 14th century in Iran and remains one of the most expressive forms of aesthetic refinement in Persian culture to this day.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Sept. 14

Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

This exhibition features a selection of prints, paintings, illustrated books and ceramics that depict the Japanese appreciation for the beauty and variety of fish and other species.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 14

The Color of Nature: Recent Acquisitions of Landscape Watercolors

Thanks to a number of generous donors, more than 200 nineteenth-century European and American watercolors and gouaches have been added to the National Gallery of Art collection in just the past ten years. This exhibition features 15 of them—stunning and sun-filled landscapes by European masters that express some of the rich possibilities of this endlessly fascinating medium.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 14

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships

More than 20 artworks and archival papers by Swiss surrealist Meret Oppenheim (1913-85) explore friendship as a source of support and inspiration, as seen through two 18th-century poets, Bettina von Brentano and Karoline von Günderode.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Sept. 17 to Sept. 13, 2015

Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria

This retrospective showcases the work of noted Nigerian photographer Chief S.O. Alonge, the first indigenous photographer of the Royal Court of Benin, in conjunction with royal arts from the Benin kingdom. The collection of historic photographs was captured on Kodak glass-plate negatives and documents more than 50 years of the ritual, pageantry and regalia of the obas (kings), their wives and retainers.

National Museum of African Art

 

Sept. 18 to Oct. 10

Innovation @ Upper Austria

Innovation is the successful implementation and application of an idea that combines the traditional with the new. This exhibition sheds light on the creative talents of Upper Austria, home to talented innovators and visionaries who have propelled Austria's economy, technology, art and culture.

Embassy of Austria

 

Through Sept. 21

Vibration of Amber Threads (Latvia) and Sami Crafts of Soul, Hand and Mind (Sweden)

Textile artist Iveta Vecenāne of Latvia has transformed threads of amber into works of art by weaving them into fabric to create remarkable tapestries that explore the ancient traditions and folkways of the ancient Baltic peoples. Meanwhile, through a display of uniquely hand-sewn garments and short films, Swedish artist Maria Axelsson and filmmaker Oskar Östergren showcase the textile culture and the eight seasons of Sápmi, the land of the indigenous Sámi peoples. This exhibit is a collaboration between the embassies of Latvia and Sweden.

House of Sweden

 

Through Sept. 21

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

A community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has developed a new form of bead art — using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression — to empower local women.

The Anacostia Community Museum

 

Sept. 21 to Jan. 4

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

In the first major traveling exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902), some 60 works will include early pictures he took in England as well as the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 26

In the Library: Preservation and Loss during World War II

The loss of cultural patrimony in times of war is often a sad byproduct of military action, and until the modern era was rarely documented. But the National Gallery of Art Library contains thousands of photographic images that do just that: chronicle the loss and preservation of countless works of art and architecture that were in peril during armed conflict.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 27

Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War

This exhibition seeks to highlight one aspect of the World War I experience: the imagery produced by ordinary soldiers who were drafted or commissioned into the conflict, including Otto Schubert, a rising star in Dresden's pre-war modernist movement.

Pepco Edison Place Gallery

 

Sept. 27 to Jan. 11

Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music

With more than 70 paintings and works on paper, this exhibition demonstrates how the neo-impressionists employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature to accentuate subjectivity and an inner world of experience.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Sept. 28

American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley

Spanning a remarkable 50-year career, this first-ever retrospective surveys the art of Albert Paley, one of the world's most distinguished metalsmiths.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 28

Mark Tribe: Plein Air

Nine large-scale images explore the aesthetics and representation of aerial views in landscape photography through the virtual lens of computer simulation.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 30

Marco Paoli Photography

Marco Paoli presents large black-and-white photographs from his collection "Silenzio (Silence)" and from his forthcoming monograph on Ethiopia, using his travels as metaphors for an artistic exploration around the concepts of silence, memory, emotion and inner journey (viewing appointments must be made by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Embassy of Italy

 

Through Oct. 5

Degas/Cassatt

Although Edgar Degas's influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, the extent to which Cassatt shaped Degas's artistic production and prepared the way for his warm reception by American audiences is fully examined in this exhibition for the first time.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Oct. 5

Femininity Beyond Archetypes: Photography by Natalia Arias of Colombia

This exhibit showcases Natalia Arias' series "Venus," which initiates a conversation on her vision of Venus and references the idea of the goddess throughout history, and the series "Taboo," which demonstrates that female bodies are charged with concepts prohibited by society, denying the inherent beauty in biological functions.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Oct. 10

ApocalyptiCAT: Woodcuts and Papercuts by Franca Bartholomäi

Franca Bartholomäi's woodcuts and papercuts are unique within German contemporary art. No other artist combines the tradition and iconography of woodcut with romantic and psychedelic motifs from the 19th and 20th centuries to form images with such expressive power.

Goethe-Institut

 

Through Oct. 12

Total Art: Contemporary Video

The first museum exhibition to focus on women's impact on the field of video art highlights the inventive processes and compelling subjects that sustain women artists' position at the forefront of video.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Oct. 26

Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England

This show — the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever mounted — explores the birth of genealogy in its modern form by examining the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, which competed to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through Nov. 14

The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894–1980) was a Czech graphic artist whose 1929 novel "Zmého dětství (From My Childhood)" is widely acknowledged to be the first wordless novel created by a woman.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Dec. 31

Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems

One of Cartier's most important and enduring clients, Marjorie Merriweather Post commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories and finely crafted jeweled frames of any American collector.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through Dec. 31

Titian's Danaë from the Capodimonte Museum, Naples

One of the most sensual paintings of the Italian Renaissance, Titian's "Danaë" from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples will be on view to celebrate the commencement of Italy's presidency of the Council of the European Union.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 4

One Nation With News for All

Ethnic newspapers, radio, television and online publications have helped millions of immigrants to America become part of their new country while preserving their ties to their native lands. This exhibit tells the dramatic story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience.

Newseum

 

Through Jan. 11

Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler

A fascinating and singular figure in postwar art, Salvatore Scarpitta (1919-2007) created a powerful body of work that ranges from nonobjective abstraction to radical realism.

Hirshhorn Museum

 

Through June 7, 2015

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

Performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota, Japan's representative at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, will recreate a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion that amasses personal memories through an accumulation of nearly 400 individual shoes, each with a note from the donor describing lost individuals and past moments.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Alberto Ruy Sánchez Honoring Octavio Paz

Alberto Ruy-Sánchez, a writer and essayist from Mexico City and editor-in-chief of Artes de México, shares his personal insights about Nobel laureate Octavio Paz gained from their long friendship and the years they worked together at Vuelta.

IDB Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

 

Sept. 11 to 13

The Second Conference on Latvian Diaspora Archives, Libraries and Material Culture

The three-day conference looks at the Latvian diaspora collections and the preservation, cataloging and housing of the historical and cultural materials.

Library of Congress (Sept. 11)

Embassy of Latvia (Sept. 12)

American Latvian Association Center and Museum (Sept. 13)

MUSIC

Tue., Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Lana Trotovsek, Violin

The winner of international competitions and prizes, Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovšek made her debut in 2012 with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Tickets are by invitation only; for information, call the Embassy Series at (202) 625-2361.

Embassy of Slovenia

 

Thu., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Bratislava Boys' Choir

The Bratislava Boys' Choir, which has been part of the Slovak artistic scene since 1982, is part of a private music school and boasts a concert ensemble of 45 members. Years of collaboration with symphonic orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra have enriched the choir's repertoire of dozens of oratorios, cantatas and symphonies. Admission is free; register at http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Thu., Sept. 11, 7 p.m.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

The Latin Grammy Award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano is famed for its extensive repertoire of Latin American works and brings an elegant, refined touch to string quartet compositions. Admission is free; reservations can be made at www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Thu., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Martin Babjak, Baritone

Baritone Martin Babjak is widely known as one of Slovakia's finest singers and has performing in Verdi's "Aida," Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and other productions; he's joined by acclaimed pianist Daniel Buranovsky. Tickets are $75, including buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Slovakia

Sept. 19 to 21

Sivam, Inc. presents: Utsav: Celebrating India's Maestros of Music and Dance

Sivam, Inc was established with the mission of promoting opportunities for education and the advancement of Indian classical dance as a traditional art form. Utsav is a three-day celebration featuring performances of traditional Indian music and dance by renowned Indian artists. Tickets are $35.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Wed., Sept. 24, 6:45 p.m.

Mexico City Woodwind Quintet

México Mágico, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, is regarded as one of the foremost chamber music groups in Mexico today — formed with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free; reservations can be made at www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

THEATER

Sept. 3 to Oct. 12

Belleville

Abby and Zack traded the comforts of America for noble adventure abroad, moving to the trendy Parisian enclave Belleville for his prestigious post with Doctors Without Borders. Their lives seem perfect, but when Abby returns home early one afternoon, she uncovers a few seemingly inconsequential surprises. Tickets are $44 to $88.

The Studio Theatre

 

Sept. 5 to 21

Shakespeare's Globe: King Lear

Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters in Shakespeare's Globe's "King Lear," which stars Joseph Marcell, well known as the English butler on the hit TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Tickets are $50 to $85.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Sept. 5 to Oct. 19

The Shoplifters

When Alma, a career shoplifter, is caught by an overzealous rookie security guard and his ambivalent mentor, she risks losing her freedom, her resolve and maybe even the steak she has stuffed in her pants. Tickets are $45 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Tue., Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.

A Report to an Academy

Red Peter details his transformation from ape to human and the horrors of being snatched into captivity and held within a confining cage in Franz Kafka's riveting short story, brought to life in a stunning adaptation by Drew Valins as part of the Czech Embassy's Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014 – Franz Kafka. Admission is free.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Sep. 10 to 21

Metamorphosis

Fresh from its critically acclaimed presentation of "The Václav Havel Project" in D.C., Alliance for New Music-Theatre presents a dark and comical interpretation of Franz Kafka's iconic work that imaginatively creates an alter-ego figure, Gregor, also the son of a dogmatic father and otherwise claustrophobic family, who inexplicably wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect. Tickets are $30 (part of the Czech Embassy's Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014 – Franz Kafka).

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Sept. 12 to 21

The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo

Venus and Adonis

The Shakespeare Theatre Company brings two productions by the Isango Ensemble to D.C. The Isango Ensemble — whose unique performances reset Western theater classics within a South African township, utilizing music, dance and elements of South African heritage — will perform an adaption of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute– Impempe Yomlingo" and Shakespeare's epic love poem "Venus and Adonis" in repertory at the Lansburgh Theatre. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Sept. 15 to Oct. 12

Marie Antoinette

David Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette" takes a highly contemporary look at the famously iconic and controversial queen of France, from her growing celebrity to her ultimate demise at the hands of those who had once extolled her. Tickets start at $35.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Sept. 20 to 28

Washington National Opera: Florencia in the Amazon

Two-time Grammy Award–winning American soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous opera singer who embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey to her South American homeland of Brazil in late Mexican American composer Daniel Catán's mesmerizing opera. Tickets are $25 to $300.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Sept. 21

Shining City / Molly

Scena Theater presents two overlapping Irish productions: "Shining City," by modern master Conor McPherson, and the world premiere of "Molly," a play about the mistress of Irish playwright J.M Synge by George O'Brien. Tickets are $20 to $40.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

Through Sept. 21

Sunday in the Park with George

Signature launches its 25th anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize- winning play inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat that merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

   

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