February 2016

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Cover Story

As Balkans Emerges from Bloodstained
Past, Belgrade Casts Lot with Brussels

a6.cover.serbia.belgrade.homeTwenty years after the Dayton accords brought peace to the bloodstained Balkans, once-isolated Serbia is finally getting serious about joining the European Union — even as the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II threatens to sink the EU itself. Read More 

People of World Influence

Hillary's Tech Guru Ponders
'Industries of the Future'

a1.powi.alec.ross.homeAlec Ross has come a long way from his college days in West Virginia. Today, the 44-year-old consultant, author and father of three young children now travels in lofty circles as one of America's foremost innovation experts, a badge he burnished as Hillary Clinton's first-ever senior advisor for innovation during her tenure as U.S. secretary of state. Read More


Peculiar Politics

Road to White House Paved
With Distinctly American Quirks

a2.election.obama.homeSo you want to be president of the United States? It takes a thick skin and an appetite for the quirks and peculiarities that make up an American election. We've compiled a list of some of the oddities and eccentricities that make the road to the White House such a distinctly American journey. Read More


Reneging on Gitmo?

Obama and Guantánamo Bay:
Captive of His Own Making?

a3.guantanamo.camp.delta.homeCampaigning for president in 2007, Sen. Barack Obama described the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as a stain on the American soul. In one of his first executive orders as president, Obama called for the detention center's closure within a year. Seven years later, the most expensive prison on earth threatens to outlive his presidency. Read More


Budget Breakdown

Omnibus Grab Bag Has Something
For Everyone, Including Diplomats

a4.omnibus.budget.obama.homeThe tussle for fiscal 2016 was different, with eleventh-hour verbal jousting taking place behind close doors, and all sorts of policy measures buried deep in the 2,000-plus pages of law that will guide federal spending for the next fiscal year. Read More


21st-Century Barbarism

No Place for Niceties in Fight
Against Female Genital Mutilation

a5.female.mutilation.leyla.speak.homeAt the ripe old age of 7, Leyla Hussein had become one of millions of girls who are the victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), though she prefers the term survivor. Today, the Somali-born social activist is leading the charge to end FGM, which, she notes, impacts some 140 million girls around the world, even in places you might not expect. Read More


Ambassador Accolades

NUSACC Honors Lebanon's
Outgoing Envoy, Antoine Chedid

a7.nusacc.lebanon.homeFor the first time in its 11-year history, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce's Ambassador of the Year award has gone to a Lebanese diplomat: Antoine Chedid. NUSACC presented Chedid with the prize Dec. 8 at a luncheon attended by more than 100 business and government leaders at Georgetown's Ritz-Carlton hotel. Read More

Diplomacy Verbatim

Small in Size, Prestigious Microstate
of Monaco Is Rich in Personality

a8.verbatim.monaco.doyle.homeMonaco is the world's second-smallest country at just under one square mile, and one of its most densely populated. But according to Monaco's articulate ambassador in Washington, Maguy Maccario Doyle, Monaco is not only teeming with people and prestige, it's also packed with history and flair. Read More

Digital Diplomacy Forum

Can Online Tools Replace
Traditional Face-to-Face Exchange?

a9.digital.diplomacy.italy.bisogniero.homeItalian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero welcomed guests to "Beyond Social Media: The Role of Data Visualization, E-Learning and Digital Mapping in Diplomacy," a discussion held at the Italian Embassy as part of its Digital Diplomacy Series. Read More

   

Hillary’s Tech Guru Ponders ‘Industries of the Future’

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By Michael Coleman

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Road to White House Paved With Distinctly American Quirks

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Obama and Guantánamo Bay: Captive of His Own Making?

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Omnibus Grab Bag Has Something For Everyone, Including Diplomats

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By Sean Lyngaas

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No Place for Niceties in Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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As Balkans Emerges from Bloodstained Past, Belgrade Casts Its Lot with Brussels

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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NUSACC Honors Lebanon’s Outgoing Envoy, Antoine Chedid

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By Larry Luxner

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Small in Size, Prestigious Microstate Is Rich in Personality

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By Dave Seminara

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Can Online Tools Replace Traditional Face-to-Face Exchange?

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By Molly McCluskey

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For Cancer Survivors, Expenses Keep Mounting

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Winternational Showcases Food, Culture from Dozens of Countries

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By Larry Luxner

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Hungarian Husband Pulls Double Duty in Two Capitals

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By Gail Scott

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‘Hidden Identities’ Probes Tragedy of Man-Made Catastrophes

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By Karin Sun

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Dance ICONS Creates Online Clearinghouse for Choreographers

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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No Reservations: Is the Wait Worth It For In-Demand Hotspots?

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By Michael Coleman

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Films -February 2016

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By Cari

Languages

Amharic

Farsi

Hungarian

Spanish


Cantonese

French

Japanese

Turkish


Czech

Greek

Polish

Ukranian

English

Hebrew

Russian

Amharic

Mussa

Directed by Anat Goren

(Israel, 2015, 60 min.)

Twelve-year-old Mussa won't speak. A refugee from Darfur living in Tel Aviv, he's been bussed from his troubled neighborhood to an upscale private school for the past five years. Despite the bond he shares with his friends and teacher, Mussa is alone; his parents struggle to make ends meet, leaving Mussa with his voiceless thoughts (Amharic, Arabic, English and Hebrew).

West End Cinema

Mon., Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.

 

Cantonese

IP Man 3

Directed by Wilson Yip

(Hong Kong, 2015, 105 min.)

Donnie Yen ignites the screen in a return to the role that made him an icon — as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. In this third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

AMC Rio Cinemas 18

 

Czech

Cremator

Directed by Juraj Herz

(Czechoslovakia, 1969, 95 min.)

Karl works at a stately crematorium in Prague. Obsessed with his duties, he believes he is liberating the souls of the departed. With Nazi forces gathering at the Czech border, Karl descends into a mania that allows him to wholly enact his disturbed beliefs.

Washington DCJCC

Fri., Feb. 26, 1 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m.

 

English

45 Years

Directed by Andrew Haigh

(U.K., 2015, 95 min.)

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music

Directed by Marsha Emerman

(Australia, 2015, 79 min.)

Majid Shokor, a Muslim Iraqi living in Australia, finds a hidden Jewish connection in his favorite childhood music. Startled and energized by this discovery, he travels to Europe, Israel and Iraq, meeting musicians of all faiths who share his love of the Iraqi sound (English and Arabic).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., Feb. 25, 8:45 p.m.

Washington DCJCC

Sun., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

West End Cinema

Mon., Feb. 29, 8:30 p.m.

 

Carvalho's Journey

Directed by Steve Rivo

(U.S., 2015, 85 min.)

At a time when the US was busy pushing and re-defining its borders, the nascent medium of photography was just starting to take root. At the center of this artistic and geographic expansion stood an observant Sephardic Jew from South Carolina, Solomon Carvalho.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

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

 

Chimes at Midnight

Directed by Orson Welles

(France/Spain/Switzerland, 1965, 116 min.)

This brilliantly crafted Shakespeare adaptation was the culmination of Orson Welles's lifelong obsession with the Bard's ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff, the loyal, often soused childhood friend to King Henry IV's wayward son Prince Hal. Here, Falstaff is the main event: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with towering, lumbering grace.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Feb. 12

 

Eva Hesse

Directed by Marcie Begleiter

(U.S., 2015, 105 min.)

German-American artist Eva Hesse (1936-1970) created her innovative art in latex and fiberglass in the whirling aesthetic vortex of 1960s New York — her flowing forms were in part a reaction to the rigid structures of then-popular minimalism, largely a male-dominated movement.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 27, 3 p.m.

 

The Lady in the Van

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

(U.K., 2016, 104 min.)

In 1973, the residents of the leafy London enclave of Camden Town found their liberal pieties tested by the arrival of an eccentric, elderly vagrant who lived out of her van and upset the neighborhood's prevailing pretensions of charity and inclusiveness.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Look at Us Now, Mother!

Directed by Gayle Kirschenbaum

(U.S./India/France, 2015, 84 min.)

Gayle Kirschenbaum is unmarried, artistic and independent — not to mention the one with the big nose. With a mother as loudly critical as hers, the wounds dated back to childhood. The two women take a trip to India together, sign up for the same dating site, and even seek out couples' therapy.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., Feb. 25, 6:15 p.m.

JCC of Greater Washington, Rockville

Sun., Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m.

 

The Man on the Moon

Directed by Mark Craig

(U.K., 2016, 95 min.)

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss.

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

Opens Fri., Feb. 26

 

Many Beautiful Things

Directed by Laura Waters Hinson

(U.S./Morocco/U.K., 2015, 70 min.)

Lilias Trotter, a great but obscure female artist, managed to win the favor of the celebrated critic John Ruskin in Victorian England — an age when it was generally assumed that women were incapable of producing high art. With her legacy on the line, however, Lilias made the seemingly odd decision to travel to French Algeria to work with women and children. We are left to ponder, how might the history of art have been different if Lilias had remained in England?

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m.

 

Portrait of a Serial Monogamist

Directed by Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell

(Canada, 2015, 82 min.)

Fortysomething Toronto TV producer Elsie is the kind of nice Jewish girl your mother warned you about: the serial monogamist who seems to have slept with everyone in town. When Elsie coolly cuts it off with sweet performance artist Robyn, her friends challenge her to stay single for five months — no bars, no clubs, and (for goodness sake) no volunteer work.

Washington DCJCC

Mon., Feb. 29, 6:15 p.m.

 

Race

Directed by Stephen Hopkins

(France/Germany/Canada, 2016,

Jesse Owens's quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Feb. 19

 

The Record Man

Directed by Mark Moormann

(U.S./Bahamas, 2015, 110 min.)

Brooklyn-born Henry Stone exported the music of Miami to the world. From distributing records out of his '48 Packard to establishing the largest independent label of the 1970s, he was a shrewd record executive with an ear for hits and a knack for discovering talent.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m.

Washington DCJCC

Mon., Feb. 29, 8:15 p.m.

 

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Directed by Roger Sherman

(U.S., 2016, 97 min.)

If you believe the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach, this delectable, eye-popping culinary journey through Israel is your personal valentine.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Feb. 28, 5:15 p.m.

 

Where to Invade Next

Directed by Michael Moore

(U.S., 2016, 110 min.)

"Where to Invade Next" is an expansive, rib-tickling, subversive comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects.

Angelika Mosaic

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Feb. 12

 

The Witch

Directed by Robert Eggers

(Canada/U.S., 2016, 92 min.)

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Feb. 19

 

Farsi

316

Directed by Payman Haghadi

(Iran, 2014, 72 min.)

Can the story of a nation be told entirely through shoes? An old woman who has lived through Iran's tumultuous recent history, she recalls the events of her life and her nation through the shoes she and those close to her wore over the years.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 27, 5 p.m.

 

Atomic Heart

Directed by Ali Ahmadzadeh

(Iran, 2015, 93 min.)

In this surreal Tehran nocturne, two drunk party girls get into a car accident and receive help from a mysterious stranger. He pays off the other driver and enlists the girls in an errand involving a supposedly dead dictator, whose weapons of mass destruction are hidden in another dimension.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

 

Jafar Panahi's Taxi

Directed by Jafar Panahi

(Iran, 2015, 82 min.)

The affable director crisscrosses Tehran behind the wheel of a taxi, giving rides to a variety of denizens, ranging from a pirated DVD dealer to his charmingly chatty young niece, to the human rights lawyer who worked with him when he was in prison.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 20, 5 p.m.

 

Melbourne

Directed by Nima Javidi

(Iran, 2014, 91 min.)

Set entirely in the apartment of a young couple getting ready for a trip to Australia, it features gripping performances from two of Iran's most talented actors, Peyman Moaadi and Negar Javaherian. Amid the bustle of final preparations, an unexpected tragedy forces the couple to debate decisions with serious moral implications and no easy answers.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 21, 5 p.m.

 

Monir

Directed by Bahman Kiarostami

(Iran, 2015, 54 min.)

Bahman Kiarostami's new documentary looks at Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who pioneered new forms of geometric mirror work in the 1970s. The film is preceded by "Wolkaan" (2015, 30 min.), in which two unfolding family stories — one set in Tehran and the other somewhere in middle America — dip into strange and seemingly unrelated episodes.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 13, 2 p.m.

 

French

No Home Movie

Directed by Chantal Akerman

(France/Belgium, 2015, 115 min.)

At the center of Chantal Akerman's enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Feb. 29, 7:15 p.m.

 

Once in a Lifetime

Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

(France, 2014, 105 min.)

A dedicated high school history teacher in France is determined to give her inner-city pupils the best education possible. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be difficult. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural and multi-faith classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 4:15 p.m.

Greek

Forever

(Gia panta)

Directed by Margarita Manda

(Greece, 2014, 82 min.)

Costas, a driver on the Athens rapid transit green line finds himself enamored of Anna, a passenger he notices daily taking his train from Athens to Piraeus. Too wary to reach out, Costas remains content to quietly watch as Anna makes the daily trek to her job as a ticket seller, until an unforeseen event finally offers Costas his golden ticket.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 14, 4 p.m.

 

Xenia

Directed by Panos H. Koutras

(Greece/France/Belgium, 2014, 134 min.)

Two brothers meet in Athens for a road trip to Thessaloniki, where they hope to track down their estranged biological father — a Greek who never married their now-deceased Albanian mother (Greek, Albanian and Italian).

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 7, 4 p.m.

Hebrew

Arabic Movie

Directed by Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Sara Tsifroni

(Israel, 2015, 60 min.)

It is hard to believe today, but not long ago, Israeli families of all backgrounds would huddle next to the TV each Friday to watch the week's "Egyptian movie" — usually a heart-rending melodrama or musical. Did anybody ever wonder how Israel's official TV station was able to bypass sealed borders to obtain these beloved Arab Movies of the Week (Hebrew and Arabic)?

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 12:30 p.m.

Washington DCJCC

Sun., Feb. 28, 5 p.m.

 

Baba Joon

Directed by Yuval Delshad

(Israel, 2015, 91 min.)

Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built after they immigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti turns 13, Yitzhak teaches him the trade in hopes that he will take over the family business — but Moti's dreams lie elsewhere (Hebrew and Farsi; opening night of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.

 

Barash

Directed by Michal Vinik

(Israel, 2015, 90 min.)

Naama Barash, 17, enjoys drugs, alcohol and hanging out with like-minded friends, while her rebellious, army-enrolled sister wreaks havoc by dating a Palestinian before going AWOL altogether. As her parents fret about their older daughter's disappearance, Naama meets a wild girl in school and discovers the intoxicating rush of first love.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 8:45 p.m.

 

The Chaos Within

Directed by Yakov Yanai Lein

(Israel, 2014, 85 min.)

For 10 years, Yakov Yanai Lein tracks his relationship with his mother, a Holocaust survivor who learned the secrets of Kaballah from her husband before devoting herself to saving humanity from self-destruction. Closer to home, she helps Yanai collect the shattered pieces of his heroin-saturated past and save his own world.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Mon., Feb. 29, 6:15 p.m.

 

Encirclements

Directed by Lee Gilat

(Israel, 2014, 98 min.)

A 13-year-old growing up in a working class Moroccan-Israeli community, Aharon is having a tough time. His father is distant; bullies hound him on the street; and the girl of his dreams barely knows he exists. When he is chosen to carry the Torah scrolls for Simchat Torah, however, his streak of bad luck seems over.

JCC of Greater Washington, Rockville

Sat., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.

 

Marzipan Flowers

Directed by Adam Kalderon

(Israel, 2014, 73 min.)

After her husband dies in an accident, a 48-year-old kibbutznik is scrutinized by neighbors and threatened by her status as a beautiful widow. Lonely and out of her element, she forges a connection with a new roommate, a transgender woman with a mysterious past.

West End Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Mon., Feb. 29, 6:45 p.m.

 

Mountain

Directed by Yaelle Kayam

(Israel/Denmark, 2015, 83 min.)

An Orthodox woman lives in the Jewish cemetery on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives. While her husband works and the children are at school, she is left alone on the hill. One night, she happens onto an unsettling sexual scene.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Feb. 27, 6:45 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Feb. 28, 3:15 p.m.

 

Tikkun

Directed by Avishai Sivan

(Israel, 2015, 120 min.)

A young ultra-Orthodox man experiences a crisis of faith in this formally daring drama that employs bravura and often-shocking imagery (Hebrew and Yiddish).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Mon., Feb. 29, 8:15 p.m.

 

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Directed by Ada Ushpiz

(Israel/Canada, 2015, 125 min.)

The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused uproar by coining the subversive concept of the "Banality of Evil" while reporting on the trial of Adolph Eichmann. Her private life was equally controversial (Hebrew, English and German).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Mon., Feb. 29, 8:45 p.m.

 

Wedding Doll

Directed by Nitzan Gilady

(Israel, 2015, 82 min.)

Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental disability, works in a toilet-paper factory and lives with her nurturing and protective single mother. When a relationship develops between her and the son of the factory owner, Hagit hides it from her mother.

Washington DCJCC

Thu., Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m.

West End Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m.

 

Women in Sink

Directed by Irish Zaki

(Israel/U.K., 2015, 40 min.)

This is the story of a little hair salon in the heart of the Arab community in Haifa; it is the story of a friendship between Arab and Jewish women in the city, which is considered a model of coexistence; and it is the story of Iris, the film director.

Washington DCJCC

Sun., Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m.

 

Yona

Directed by Nir Bergman

(Israel/Germany, 2014, 100 min.)

Focusing on the early '60s, we witness a turbulent slice of famed Hebrew poet Yona Wallach's life.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., Feb. 25, 8:45 p.m.

 

Hungarian

Son of Saul

(Saul fia)

Directed by László Nemes

(Hungary, 2015, 107 min.)

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son (Hungarian, Yiddish, German and Polish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Japanese

Only Yesterday

(Omohide poro poro)

Directed by Isao Takahata

(Japan, 2016, 118 min.)

It's 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Feb. 26

 

Persona Non-Grata

Directed Cellin Gluck

(Japan, 2016, 135 min.)

The heroic tale of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania during World War II, is brought to screen in sweeping fashion in this instant epic.

Washington DCJCC

Sat., Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m.

 

Polish

Demon

Directed by Marcin Wrona

(Poland/Israel, 2015, 94 min.)

In this chilling, modern interpretation of the Dybbuk legend, Piotr's joy at visiting his bride-to-be at her Polish home is quickly upended by his discovery of human bones on the property (Polish and Yiddish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Thu., Feb. 25, 8:45 p.m.

 

A Grain of Truth

Directed by Borys Lankosz

(Poland, 2015, 110 min.)

A horrendous crime has been committed in the picturesque small town of Sandomierz: The body of a murdered woman, a well-liked local social activist is found. Prosecutor Teodor Szacki, recently moved down from Warsaw, recognizes that the murders are connected to allegedly historic Jewish ritual killings.

Washington DCJCC

Sat., Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m.

 

Klezmer

Directed by Piotr Chrzan

(Poland, 2015, 97 min.)

In 1943, a group of Polish villagers gathering in the woods to discover a listless and injured man. Recognizing him to be a Jewish musician, the party heatedly argue about what to do next: turn him into the authorities for a hefty fee? Leave him be? Hide him?

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Thu. Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Washington DCJCC

Mon., Feb. 29, 3:30 p.m.

 

Raise the Roof

Directed by Yari Wolinsky and Cary Wolinsky

(U.S./Poland, 2014, 85 min.)

Inspired by images of magnificent wooden synagogues in 18th-century Poland — the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis—artists Rick and Laura Brown set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue.

JCC of Greater Washington, Rockville

Sun., Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.

 

Summer Solstice

Directed by Michal Rogalski

(Poland/Germany, 2015, 95 min.)

Poland, 1943: Love, friendship and fate connect a simple Polish country boy, the daughter of a local farmer, a young German soldier and a Jewish girl from Warsaw. The four of them come across something that both threatens and provides an escape from their harsh reality: love.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

 

Russian

Natasha

Directed by David Bezmozgis

(Canada, 2015, 93 min.)

Sixteen-year-old Mark Berman, the son of Latvian-Jewish immigrants, wiles away his hours reading Nietzsche, smoking pot and watching porn. His slacker lifestyle is upended when a 14-year-old hurricane, named Natasha, enters the picture.

West End Cinema

Sun., Feb. 28, 5 p.m.

 

Song of Songs

Directed by Eva Neymann

(Ukraine, 2015, 76 min.)

Starting with Sholem Aleichem's enchanting tales, Eva Neymann concocts a strong, dreamy potion of a film that invokes young love in a Ukrainian shtetl.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Feb. 28, 5:15 p.m.

 

Spanish

The Club

Directed by Pablo Larraín

(Chile, 2015, 98 min.)

Four priests live together in a secluded house in a small, seaside town. Each of them has been sent to this place to purge the sins from the past, living according to a strict regime under the watchful eye of a female caretaker. The fragile stability of their routine is soon disrupted by the arrival of a fifth man, a newly disgraced companion.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Feb. 19

 

Dirty Wolves

Directed by Simón de Miguel

(Spain, 2015, 105 min.)

In this World War II thriller imbued with notes of magical realism, Manuela works in the Wolfram (aka tungsten) mines in rural Galicia. A ruthless Nazi brigade, intent on harvesting the rare metal to feed the Third Reich's war machine, has captured the mines. When Manuela's sister helps a Jewish prisoner cross the border to Portugal, they are unwittingly forced into a desperate test (Spanish and German).

West End Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 6:15 p.m.

 

The Dream

(El somni)

Directed by Franc Aleu

(Spain, 2014, 82 min.)

"The Dream" documents a uniquely Spanish experiment in communal creativity. A distinguished assemblage of international artists took part in a dinner event — "an opera in 12 plates." (Spanish, Catalan, English and French; preceded by "The Dream of Luis Moya (2011, 45 min.), which examines one of the strangest architectural projects ever undertaken).

National Gallery of Art

Fri., Feb. 5 7 p.m.

 

The Mamboniks

Directed by Alexis Gillespie

(U.S., 2015, 100 min.)

In the 1950s, a group of free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell in love with a sultry dance from Cuba called the mambo, earning them a nickname: the mamboniks (Spanish and English).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m.

 

Viva

Directed by Paddy Breathnach

(Ireland/Cuba, 2016, 100 min.)

Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Feb. 19

Turkish

Mustang

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

(France/Germany/Turkey/Qatar, 2015, 97 min.)

In a village in northern Turkey, five free-spirited sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Ukranian

The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls.

Directed by Krzysztof Kopczynsk

(Poland/Ukraine/Sweden, 2015, 86 min.)

The Ukrainian city of Uman is the burial site of Rebbe Nachman, one of the most important figures of Chasidism. Every year, tens of thousands of Jews travel there to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and visit the Rebbe's grave. The annual flow of visitors helps brings this poor post-communist city back to life, but the ghosts of Ukrainian nationalism and religious intolerance are revived as well.(Ukrainian, Hebrew, Russian and Yiddish).

Washington DCJCC

Fri., Feb. 26, 3 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Feb. 27, 2:15 p.m.

   

Events - February 2016

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ART 

Through Feb. 3

Hidden Identities: Paintings and Drawings by Jorge Tacla

With the earliest works in the series dating to 2005, "Hidden Identities" by Chilean artist Jorge Tacla is composed of a rich series of paintings and drawings that explore central themes of mutability of identity, collective memory, the physical and psychological fallout of trauma, and the omnipresent yet latent potential for change. The inspiration for this body of work comes from the social, political and historical events of the artist's life during the chaos of the Chilean coup d'état.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Feb. 6 to May 8

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

This major exhibition exploring the evolution of American and European landscape painting features 39 masterpieces, spanning five centuries, on loan from the collection of philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen. "Seeing Nature" showcases the development of landscape painting from intimate views of the world to artists' personal experiences with their surroundings.

The Phillips Collection

 

Feb. 13 to June 12

Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter

With Hillwood's "A Boyar Wedding Feast" as the centerpiece, this exhibit offers a new perspective on Konstantin Makovsky's work and its popularity in Gilded Age America, where it satisfied the appetite for dramatic historical stories, exotic settings and costumes, and admiration of European art and culture. In a dramatically lit setting, exquisite objects and details from the painting will be brought to life through groupings of 17th-century objects of boyar life, such as intricately embroidered garments and pearl-studded kokoshniki (women's headdresses).

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Feb. 13 to July 31

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discover of Pasargadae

Located in southwestern Iran, Pasargadae was the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 B.C.) and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Impressed with its ruins, German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld (1879–1948) briefly surveyed the site for the first time in 1905, returning to conduct more extensive excavations. Featuring selections from the Freer|Sackler Archives' rich holdings of Herzfeld's drawings, notes and photographs, this exhibition illuminates one of the most important sites of the ancient world.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Feb. 22 to June 3

In the Library: The Intersection of Commerce and Instruction in Art

The art we experience often depends as much upon the materials available to the artists who make it as it depends on the artists themselves. This exhibition looks at a variety of literature surrounding artists' materials and instruction, and charts the ways in which the increasing commercialization of their production may have affected the practice of artists, especially following the industrial revolution.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Feb. 28

Designing America: Spain's Imprint in the U.S.

Through a mix of historic documents, text narration, images and audio-visual elements, this exhibit examines the important contributions that Spain made to the construction of U.S. territory, landscape and cities, starting with the first settlements to the present day. This cross-sectional survey enlightens the historical, political and cultural events that have marked the course of 500 years of common history between the United States and Spain.

Former Spanish Residence

 

Through Feb. 28

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today

This exhibition presents dynamic women designers and artists from the mid-20th century and today making groundbreaking commercial and industrial designs, maintaining craft traditions and incorporating new aesthetics into fine art.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Feb. 29

Africans of the Diaspora

Artists Kennard Copeland, Carmen Torruella Quander, Cherif Mamadou and Edmond Nassa capture the spirit of the diverse continent, with pieces representing human rights, equality, dignity and respect for all. Proceeds from the art sales will benefit Jhpiego, a global health nonprofit and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University

Embassy of Côte d'Ivoire

 

Through March 13

Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts

Marking the culmination of a year-long celebration of photography at the museum, this installation brings together an exquisite group of gifts, ranging from innovative photographs made in the earliest years of the medium's history to key works by important 20th-century artists and contemporary pieces that examine the ways in which photography continues to shape our experience of the modern world.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 18

The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents two exhibitions touring from the Jewish Museum Vienna: "Lessing Presents Lessing," works by noted photographer Erich Lessing, curated by his daughter Hannah Lessing; and "A Good Day," a multimedia installation by Andrew Mezvinsky based on Primo Levi's account of survival in Auschwitz. The two shows offer intimate insights into Austrian Jewish life past and present, serving as a platform for discussion, experience and confrontation.

Embassy of Austria

 

Through March 20

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Some 50 bronze sculptures and related works survey the development of Hellenistic art as it spread from Greece throughout the Mediterranean between the fourth and first centuries B.C. Through the medium of bronze, artists were able to capture the dynamic realism, expression, and detail that characterized the new artistic goals of the period.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 27

Shakespeare, Life of an Icon

We will never have a photograph of William Shakespeare or a recording of his voice, but we can catch glimpses of the man in this stunning array of documents from his own lifetime. "Shakespeare, Life of an Icon" brings together some of the most important manuscripts and printed books related to Shakespeare's life and career, giving us a firsthand look at the most famous author in the world.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through April 24

Postwar Germanic Expressions: Gifts from Michael Werner

The Phillips presents recently acquired gifts of German and Danish art to the museum's permanent collection, generously given by art collector Michael Werner. A selection from the 46 works are on view, painting, sculpture and works on paper by Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz and A.R. Penck.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 15

Louise Bourgeois: No Exit

Louise Bourgeois's ties to surrealism and existentialism will be explored through 17 works on paper and four sculptures.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 22

Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection

Presenting works at the salon — an exhibition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Art in Paris — marked success for artists in 18th-century France. The famed artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun was among the first women to exhibit at the event, yet she was by no means the only one. Drawn from the museum's rich collection, this focus exhibition visualizes the world of the art salon and reveals how French women artists inspired each other as well as male artists who noted their great success.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through May 30

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

As part of "Peacock Room REMIX," this exhibition reconstructs how Whistler's unrealized quest for "the perfection of art" intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through June 5

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East, particularly Egypt, where she is based.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

DANCE

Feb. 12 and 13

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Artistic director Lin Hwai-min brings his acclaimed contemporary dance troupe back to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2010 with a multimedia work that depicts the life cycle of rice. Tickets are $19 to $75.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Feb. 23 to 28

Mariinsky Ballet: Petipa's 'Raymonda'

Russia's legendary company returns with the last "grand ballet" of the 19th century. Set in medieval Hungary, the story follows a beautiful countess torn between her betrothed, a crusading knight and the arrival of a handsome warrior. Tickets are $49 to $225.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Feb. 24 to 28

The Washington Ballet Presents 'Director's Cut'

Daring works by William Forsythe, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Septime Webre that redefine the boundaries of classical ballet come together in "Director's Cut." Tickets are $30.50 to $100.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

MUSIC

Fri., Feb. 5, 8 p.m.,

Sat., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Solas

Hailed by the Washington Post as "one of the world's finest Celtic-folk ensembles," this quintet's diverse repertoire includes innovative original songs as well as Irish classics. Tickets are $25 to $28.

Wolf Trap

 

Sat., Feb. 6, 2 p.m.

Pedja Muzijevic

In his Washington Performing Arts debut, Bosnian-born pianist Pedja Muzijevic, who is known for artfully mixing the new with the old, performs a novel alternation of Haydn's sonatas with contemplative works by 20th-century luminaries John Cage, Morton Feldman and a world premiere by Jonathan Berger. Tickets start at $55.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Mon., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.

Chinese New Year: Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

The culmination of a weekend of events celebrating Chinese New Year, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist Haochen Zhang and violinist Dan Zhu, makes its Kennedy Center debut under the baton of Muhai Tang. Tickets are $15 to $89.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Thu., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts Presents Marina Piccinini with Andreas Haefliger

Hailed by Gramophone as "the Heifetz of the flute," Marina Piccinini is in demand as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world. With her husband, renowned Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, Piccinini offers an uninterrupted, dramatic program, alternating between solo and duo masterworks and contemporary compositions. Tickets are $50.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Fri., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Voces8

Join the British vocal octet, hailed as "impeccable in its quality of tone and balance" (Gramophone) as they present "Light Devine," a performance exploring the desire for comfort and light throughout the ages. Tickets are $35.

Wolf Trap

 

Mon., Feb. 15, 8 p.m.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

The Budapest Festival Orchestra, though still relatively young at 32, has quickly established itself as one of today's most "in demand" orchestras. Under the baton of maestro Iván Fischer (former music director of the National Symphony Orchestra), the Budapest Festival Orchestra marks its return to D.C., where acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin will join the orchestra for an evening of works by Weber, Liszt and Prokofiev. Tickets start at $55.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Fri., Feb. 19, 8 p.m.

globalFEST: Creole Carnival

"globalFEST: Creole Carnival" features the reigning queen of Haitian songs, Emeline Michel, Rio's innovative samba masters, Casuarina, and Jamaica's one-stringed guitar virtuoso, Brushy One String, in a world premiere collaboration. Tickets are $35.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Wed., Feb. 24, 8 p.m.

Sir András Schiff: 'The Last Sonatas'

Pianist Sir András Schiff concludes his ambitious project, "The Last Sonatas," with a recital presented by Washington Performing Arts that features the final sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Tickets start at $40.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

THEATER

Feb. 1 to 28

Guards at the Taj

India, 1648: Two imperial guards watch as the sun rises over the newly-completed Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring monument to the emperor's dead queen. But awe gives way to terror when the guards are given a new assignment: to perform a bloody task whose grisly aftermath will force them to question the very ideas of beauty, responsibility and friendship. Tickets start at $35.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Fri., Feb. 5, 8 p.m.

Mummenschanz

Let your imagination run wild with a witty and whimsical performance for all ages featuring this celebrated troupe of Swiss entertainers. These unique artists perform in complete silence on a blackened stage with common household objects and simple forms to create ingenious illusions and amusing narratives that provide light-hearted insights on life. Tickets are $29 to $48.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

 

Through Feb. 7

Georgie: The Life and Death of George Rose

Written and performed by Broadway veteran Ed Dixon, this one-man play chronicles Dixon's relationship with his friend and mentor, the Tony-award winning character actor George Rose. Tickets are $45.

Signature Theatre

 

Mon., Feb. 8, 6 p.m.

Chinese New Year: Beijing Opera, Acrobats and Chinese Traditional Music by Henan Arts Troupe

Performers from Henan Province showcase Beijing Opera--combining singing, speaking, acting, and martial arts — with stunning acrobatics and music on pipa, erhu and bamboo flute.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

Feb. 10 to March 6

Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical

Directed and co-written by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman, with heralded Cuban-American playwright Eduardo Machado, and music adapted from Bizet's opera by two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill, this "Carmen" brings the action of one of the most sensual stories of all time to Cuba on the verge of revolution in 1958. Tickets are $38 to $75.

Olney Theatre Center

 

Feb. 12 to 20

Washington National Opera: Lost in the Stars

Following his turn in "The Flying Dutchman," renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens stars in Kurt Weill's final work for the stage, a gripping musical tragedy based on Alan Paton's classic 1948 novel "Cry, the Beloved Country." Tickets are $69 to $255.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Through Feb. 14

The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound

Experience a madcap night of life in the theater with two classic behind-the-scenes comedies, "The Critic" and "The Real Inspector Hound." First, playwright and adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher returns with a fresh take on Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th-century romp "The Critic," a whirlwind comedy about bad theater, worse playwrights and, worst of all, the critics. The laughs continue with Tom Stoppard's absurdist tour-de-farce "The Real Inspector Hound," an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves caught up as unsuspecting suspects while they watch a classic 1950s-style whodunit in the style of Agatha Christie. Please call for ticket information.

The Shakespeare Theatre

 

Feb. 14 to 28

Señorita y Madame: The Secret War of Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein

With biting humor, Gustavo Ott explores hatred and admiration through the rivalry between the two giants of beauty and business: Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. Against the vibrant historical backdrop of the zenith of industrialization, the rise of Fascism, The Great Depression, two World Wars and the invention of advertising, both became pioneers in marketing and influenced how women saw and presented themselves. Tickets are $38 to $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Feb. 16 to 21

Shen Yun Performing Arts 2016: Experience a Divine Culture

Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company originating from America, invites you to experience this divine culture of the Middle Kingdom, as it brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Tickets are $60 to $250.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Feb. 17 to March 27

Romeo and Juliet

In this passionate and lyrical piece, set among the gears of a giant clock, the greatest of Shakespearean lovers race against time itself to outrun their fate. One of the original "Wordless Shakespeare" productions, Synetic's "Romeo and Juliet" received six Helen Hayes Award nominations and two wins. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Feb. 20 to March 6

Kabarett & Cabaret

Featuring iconic songs and forgotten Berliner and Viennese cabaret gems, The In Series production of "Kabarett & Cabaret" pays tribute to the art form of cabaret and its ties to the Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi persecution and brought the dark, raunchy world of cabaret to 1940s Hollywood. Tickets are $42.

Source

 

Through Feb. 21

The Glass Menagerie

One of the greatest American plays of the 20th century, "The Glass Menagerie" explores the visceral bonds of family as Southern matriarch Amanda frets constantly over her two live-in adult children — the painfully shy Laura and Laura's restless poet brother Tom. Tickets are $17 to $64.

Ford's Theatre

 

Through Feb. 21

OLIVERio: A Brazilian Twist

A spunky girl on the streets of Rio masquerades as a boy to look for her mother, only to discover a new kind of family, in this world premiere musical inspired by Charles Dickens's classic novel and featuring original songs and music. Tickets are $20.

Kennedy Center Family Theater

 

Through Feb. 21

Sweat

A group of close friends shares everything: drinks, secrets and laughs. But when rumors of layoffs shake up the local steel mill, the fragile bonds of their community begin to fray and a horrific crime sends shock waves across two generations in this play based on America's industrial decline at the turn of the millennium. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Feb. 23 to March 27

Othello

Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Sidney Harman Hall

 

Through March 6

The City of Conversation

Georgetown hostess Hester Ferris runs in an elite circle, opening her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass. When her son's formidable, conservative wife comes on the scene, the parlor pleasantries of D.C.'s past descend into entrenched posturing and an ultimatum that could implode the family. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

 

Through March 6

A Midsummer Night's Dream

It is easy to lose yourself in the enchanted woods of Shakespeare's timeless romantic tale. This magical comedy of tangled lovers, mischievous fairies — and a band of players to boot — is given a fresh, new staging by Aaron Posner, with D.C. favorites Holly Twyford as Bottom and Erin Weaver as Puck. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Folger Theatre

   

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