July 2013


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Cover Story

Snowden Makes Headlines
For Ecuador, And Headaches
For D.C. Ambassador

a6.ecuador.envoy.homeNathalie Cely Suárez is working to untangle the diplomatic issues that have driven a wedge between Ecuador and the U.S. while debunking claims that her president has become the new standard-bearer for Latin America's leftists. Read More

People of World Influence

Washington Insider Touts
Business of Partnerships

a1.powi.balderston.homeKris Balderston's job as special representative for global partnerships took his domestic career global. Now he's onto his next challenge: Washington general manager of FleishmanHillard, one of the world's largest PR and communications firms. Read More

The Washington Diplomat Exclusive

Azerbaijan Rolls Out Red Carpet
For Visiting U.S. Lawmakers

a2.azerbaijan.guard.homeHundreds of state legislators, more than a dozen members of Congress and three former top White House aides all converged on Azerbaijan last month in what some media outlets derided as a costly junket. The Diplomat was there and has an inside account. Read More

International Relations

Myanmar's Envoy Seizes
Historic Opening with U.S.

a3.burma.myanmar.homeMyanmar's first ambassador to the U.S. in more than 20 years talks about reintroducing his once-isolated pariah state to the world. Read More

International Affairs

Before Turkey Clamped Down
On Protesters, Media Felt the Heat

a4.turkey.media.gezi.park.homeThe story of press freedom in Turkey is — like the country's larger evolution and recent descent into chaos — complicated. Read More

The Rotunda: Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill

Conscience and Consequence: Royce's
Calculus as Foreign Affairs Chair

a5.rotunda.royce.homeRep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, opens up about, what he thinks is right and wrong with the world, and how he hopes to right those wrongs as a legislator in a polarized Congress. Read More


Nations Keep Watchful Eye
On U.S. Immigration Reform

a7.immigration.reform.homeImmigration reform is grinding its way through the halls of Congress, and foreign nations have been quick to insert their own little perks into the sweeping legislation. Read More


South Africa's Renovated Mission
Encapsulates Traditions, Aspirations

a8.south.africa.rendering1.homeSouth Africa is renovating its mission in Washington to build a space that speaks to the country's past traditions and future hopes. Read More

Inside the Chamber

US-ASEAN Business Council Seeks
To Unlock Southeast Asia's Potential

a9.asean.chamber.homeThe US-ASEAN Business Council works to link Americans with the 10 countries that form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, home to 600 million people and a combined GDP of $2.1 trillion. Read More


Tsunami of Pricey Specialty Drugs
Threatens to Deluge Patients, Insurers

a10.medical.beaker.homeFor the first time in 50 years, spending on prescription drugs actually dropped — but the cost of specialty medications is skyrocketing. Read More


Washington Insider Touts Business of Partnerships

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By Michael Coleman

When former Secretary of State — and potential 2016 presidential pack leader — Hillary Clinton describes you as one of the best-connected power players in Washington, it's safe to say you know a few things about forging alliances and getting things done.

Clinton lavished that compliment on longtime Washington insider Kris Balderston in February 2011 as she swore him in to a brand new position as the State Department's special representative for global partnerships. The high-flying post took Balderston's previously domestic career global as he served as chief liaison between corporate America, the State Department and governments all over the world.

"There isn't anyone I can imagine who is as well connected," Clinton said at an official department ceremony.

Clinton would certainly know. After all, Balderston — recently named Washington general manager of FleishmanHillard, one of the world's largest public relations and communications firms — has worked for either Clinton or her husband (that would be former President Bill) for nearly two decades. Balderston served as President Clinton's special assistant for Cabinet affairs and then deputy assistant to the president from 1995 until the end of Clinton's term in 2001. Then, with her eye on New York's soon-to-be open U.S. Senate seat, Hillary put Balderston to work for her. Clinton tapped the Upstate New York native to teach her key political details, such as how to pronounce the names of obscure Empire State towns and more importantly, which local kingmakers to schmooze.

Photo: FleishmanHillard
Kris Balderston

The plan worked perfectly — at least for Clinton. She got elected and offered Balderston a job in her Senate office. But at the time, he wasn't so sure he wanted it. He had already served a stint on Capitol Hill, as senior policy advisor for Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine) in the early 1990s, and he wasn't convinced he wanted to return.

"I was really more of an executive branch kind of person," Balderston recalled thinking during an expansive, late-afternoon interview with The Diplomat in his new office overlooking midtown.

However, the former first lady is nothing if not persuasive, and despite his reservations, Balderston signed on for the Senate job. He ended up staying for Clinton's entire eight-year tenure in the upper chamber of Congress, serving as both legislative director and deputy chief of staff. And though he had virtually zero international experience, Clinton turned to Balderston once again in 2009, when President Barack Obama asked her to be his secretary of state.

This time, Clinton named Balderston as managing director of the newly created Office of Global Partnerships, which put him in charge of State Department initiatives such as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships, and the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, also known as IdEA. The primary task at the root of each of these programs was finding ways for private companies to collaborate with government — especially in developing countries — to create jobs, make profits and improve people's lives. (Current Secretary of State John Kerry recently brought on board Andrew O'Brien, the state director in his Massachusetts office when Kerry was a senator, as Balderston's successor.)

For Balderston, who is constantly seeking ways to convene seemingly disparate powers in the pursuit of common goals, the job was a natural fit.

"I think people are very frustrated by the lack of government's ability to find solutions, and there has to be a new paradigm to bring people in to take ownership of these problems and work together to solve them," Balderston told The Diplomat. "The world is changing. It sounds corny, but when you get the honor of traveling around the world 15 days a month as I did — in villages and huts and capitals and parliaments — you realize there is a sense of urgency and we need to fix these problems. Everybody needs to get into the fray and get over their hang-ups."

The initiative might sound small bore, but the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is perhaps the program Balderston oversaw that has the greatest potential to improve and save lives, as well as empower women and protect the environment. Naturally cheerful and effusive, Balderston practically gushed when he talked about the alliance, which seeks to put clean-burning cookstoves in 100 million households worldwide by 2020. He said carcinogenic emissions from traditional wood-burning stoves kill more than 2 million women and children each year. In the Congo, women are routinely raped as they forage for wood to cook their meals, according to the program's website.

"It [primitive cooking methods] is the fourth-largest killer in the world. It kills more people than tuberculosis, HIV and malaria put together and no one knows it," Balderston said, incredulously.

That's starting to change. So far, the public-private initiative, launched in 2009, has secured more than $130 million and nearly 40 partner countries to implement its goals. Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts signed on as the program's spokeswoman, and celebrity chef José Andrés, who owns some of Washington's glitziest restaurants, became a public face of the program, as well. (The Diplomat profiled the initiative in its December 2010 issue in "Common, Deadly, Preventable: Three Humanitarian Efforts With Huge Impact.")

"He [Andrés] said 'cooking should not kill,'" Balderston recalled, smiling at the powerful simplicity of the statement. "We attracted 39 countries to join, including China. We had Shell and Morgan Stanley and Dow Corning [Silicones] involved ... but there were a lot of skeptics."

Balderston said securing the involvement of respected corporate leaders, who knew about developing and distributing products and technology, was critical.

"We didn't have the government run it as we have in the past," he said. "We sent it out and we put it on the conveyer belt."

Although he's in the private sector now, Balderston said he's remained on the board of directors of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

"You can't enter that world without being affected," he explained. "I've been in villages and seen clean cookstoves and it works. People start paying attention to their kitchens. They don't have soot on their ceilings — it is life changing."

Balderston also said he was encouraged by the State Department's work on the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, launched at the inaugural Global Diaspora Forum in 2011 as a new pillar of foreign policy. The initiative aims to tap into the vast networks of first- and second-generation Americans who can help solve problems festering in their homelands. Balderston said Washington's foreign embassies can reach out to their diasporas, which are ideally situated to assist their countries.

He advised embassies to organize their diasporas to push back against negative media stereotypes of their cultures, organize for better political representation, and improve economic opportunities in their homelands.

"There are so many things these embassies can be doing," he said. "If the embassy has a sincere relationship with their diaspora community in this country, they can send messages back to them. They can say, 'Hey, we're getting beat up [in the media] so we've got to organize, so the U.S. government knows what's going on in our country.'

"Then when they're together culturally, and they've solved problems politically, they can solve problems economically," Balderston continued. "We've got to give loans and grants to our brothers and sisters back home to create an entrepreneurial spirit or say, 'I want to invest.' There are a lot of companies now, Dow Corning being one, that actually send their employees back to their home countries because they want to know about new markets. Embassies could be centers of this activity to get companies to take a look at what's going on back there."

Balderston said 60 million people living in America send $90 billion dollars in on-the-books remittances to their home countries — and noted that the State Department estimates the actual number is likely double or even triple that amount.

"Embassies should be getting into this realm and really working with their communities," he said.

Part of what attracted Balderston to FleishmanHillard when the company approached him upon Clinton's resignation from the State Department was its global network of offices and contacts. Balderston, the first outsider to come in as the company's Washington general manager, told us he imagines the communications giant as a sort of "corporate State Department."

"I was approached by people at FleishmanHillard to look at things a little differently and take the partnerships that we grew at the State Department and try to bring that idea over here — the idea of public-private collaboration," he explained.

He said his job isn't simply corporate communications. It's helping to leverage FleishmanHillard's vast networks connecting Capitol Hill to foreign governments, corporate and nonprofit leaders, innovators, educators, celebrities and trendsetters — and get results for clients.

The PR company, founded in 1946, is trying to revamp its image and be the "the most complete communications agency in the world," as it puts it, offering integrated strategies for social media and other 21st-century content.

"The public affairs business is changing," Balderston said. "There will always be a market for helping people with communication but you want to build these trusted networks that solve problems. We have over 80 offices around the world, but we have the ability to be a boutique Washington firm yet have global reach to solve a lot of these problems and do things a little bit differently."

Balderston said the fuzzy, feel-good notion of corporate social responsibility is outdated.

"Nobody really does anything altruistically — it's what's in it for me," Balderston asserted flatly. "We want to say, 'Look, this is good for you, too ... this is shared value."

He used Coke, PepsiCo and Procter and Gamble — large users of water around the globe — as examples of companies that are going to great lengths to protect water supplies, not only because it's good for civilization, but for their bottom lines.

"We're going to have a water shortage if we don't start conserving our water," he said. "Pepsi has a whole program on conserving water in India. Unilever is one of the best corporations on sustainability ... and it's because we can't keep going down the road of destroying our resources if you want to keep selling our products. It's not feel-good at all. It's doing well and doing good. Walmart gives free health screenings and it brings other people into the store to buy their products.

"We've gone beyond corporate social responsibility," he added. "It is now impact investing and shared value and doing well and doing good. That's a trend that is occurring in the country right now and in the world."

Balderston pointed to a 2011 speech Hillary Clinton gave in Busan, South Korea, in which she declared that the U.S. government was done simply handing out aid to foreign countries without expecting invested partners to pitch in, as well.

"The days of pure aid are over — we can't afford it," Balderston said. "You need investment. It is about investment now. No one sector, no one foundation, no one country can solve these problems anymore. That's where I think bringing in different investments is important, so people have ownership into the problem."

Reflecting on his days at the State Department, which he conceded he had never visited in 32 years in Washington before Clinton offered him a job, Balderston said the agency is underfunded and could do vastly more with a few additional resources. But he also said taxpayers are getting a terrific bang for their buck at the diplomatic shop.

"I didn't know much about the Foreign Service, but they're very resourceful," Balderston said. "They stepped up to the plate when the secretary said, 'I want change in 21st-century diplomacy.' Their reach is amazing."

Speaking of the secretary, contemplating Hillary Clinton's next move has become one of Washington's favorite parlor games. Who better to ask than Balderston: Will she run for president?

"I don't really know and honestly, I don't think she knows yet — I can sincerely say that," he replied. "She said this in an open meeting with staff: She was given the advice that you shouldn't make big decisions when you're transitioning, and she's transitioning out of public service for the first time in 30 years. Now is not the time to say, 'Oh, I'm going to the next thing.'

"I really sincerely — and people roll their eyes when I say this — think she just needs a period of time to think about and reflect on what she's accomplished, think about how she wants to use the Clinton Foundation," he added.

But without missing a beat, the man who knows Hillary Clinton as well as just about anyone sounded a note of optimism.

"I think she'd be spectacular and I'd get in line to help her in any way I could," he said.

About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.


Azerbaijan Rolls Out Red Carpet For Visiting U.S. Lawmakers

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By Larry Luxner

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Myanmar’s Envoy Seizes Historic Opening with U.S.

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Before Turkey Clamped Down on Protesters, Media Felt the Heat

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By Anna Gawel

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Conscience and Consequence: Royce’s Calculus as Foreign Affairs Chair

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By Luke Jerod Kummer

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Snowden Makes Headlines for Ecuador, And Headaches for D.C. Ambassador

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By Larry Luxner

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Nations Keep Watchful Eye on U.S. Immigration Reform

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By Dave Seminara

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South Africa’s Renovated Mission Encapsulates Traditions, Aspirations

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By Martin Austermuhle

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US-ASEAN Business Council Seeks to Unlock Southeast Asia’s Potential

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By Larry Luxner

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Tsunami of Pricey Specialty Drugs Threatens to Deluge Patients, Insurers

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By Gina Shaw

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Upscale New Properties Enhance Neighborhood’s Allure, Prosperity

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Hotels Mix It Up With New Culinary, Cocktail Offerings

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By Kat Lucero

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African Artists Dig Deep in ‘Land as Material and Metaphor’

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By Audrey Hoffer

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Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance — and Art World

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By Michael Coleman

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Folklife Festival Brings Microcosm of Culture to National Mall

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By Audrey Hoffer

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Staeck’s Political Posters Decry Environmental Degradation

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Nopa Has Something Everyone in Penn Quarter

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Court of Opinion Comes Down on Scholar for Views of Nazi Trials

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Films - July 2013

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The Attack
Directed by Ziad Doueiri
(Lebanon/France/Qatar/Belgium, 2013, 122 min.)
Israeli-Palestinian surgeon Amin Jaafari's picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves 19 dead and the Israeli police inform him that his wife was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth (Arabic and Hebrew).
Landmark's E Street Cinema


A Better Tomorrow
Directed by John Woo
(Hong Kong, 1986, 95 min.)
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, Leslie Cheung, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break (English and Chinese subtitles).
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 12, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 14, 2 p.m.

A Chinese Ghost Story
(Sien nui yau wan)
Directed by Ching Siu-tung
(Hong Kong, 1987, 98 min.)
This supernatural fantasy stars Leslie Cheung as a traveling tax collector who, while taking shelter in an abandoned temple, meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman — who happens to be a ghost (English and Chinese subtitles).
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 19, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 21, 2 p.m.

Viva Erotica
(Se qing nan nu)
Directed by Derek Yee
(Hong Kong, 1996, 99 min.)
A down-on-his-luck filmmaker agrees to direct a soft-core porn flick — but he struggles to maintain both his artistic integrity and his relationship with his girlfriend while he deals with a sleazy producer and a tempestuous starlet who refuses to take off her clothes (English and Chinese subtitles).
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 26, 7 p.m.,
Sun. July 28, 2 p.m.


A Hijacking
Directed by Tobias Lindholm
(Denmark, 2012, 99 min.)
A cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who try to ransom the men on board, including the ship's genial cook, for millions of dollars, leading to a psychological battle with the shipping company's CEO back in Copenhagen.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Directed by Ole Bornedal
(Denmark, 1994, 107 min.)
Martin takes a job as a night watchman at the local morgue, where the victims of a serial killer keep piling up. On a dare from his buddy, Martin takes a prank too far and soon finds himself the prime suspect in the case, on the run from both the police and the killer (Danish and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., July 3, 9:30 p.m.
Wed., July 10, 9:30 p.m.


Easy Money
(Snabba Cash)
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
(Sweden, 2010, 124 min.)
Needing funds to partake of the flashy, party-centric lifestyle led by his college chums, "JW" Westlund resorts to drug running for the Serbian mob. For a while, JW maintains this double life but soon his part-time job becomes a full-time problem (English, Swedish, Serbian, Spanish and German).
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., July 3, 7 p.m.,
Thu., July 11, 7:20 p.m.

The Element of Crime
(Forbrydelsens element)
Directed by Lars von Trier
(Denmark, 1984, 104 min.)
Exiled to Cairo, an ex-cop submits to hypnosis to recall his last case, the "Lotto Murderer," who preyed upon young girls employed as lottery ticket sellers, trying to identify with the mind of the killer in order to anticipate his next move (English and Arabic).
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., July 9, 9:40 p.m.,
Wed., July 10, 7:20 p.m.

Directed by Morten Tyldum
(Norway/Germany, 2011, 100 min.)
Aksel Hennie leads a double life as a corporate headhunter who steals and deals artwork on the side, but he's not the only one playing a double game (English, Norwegian, Danish and Russian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 27, 1:30 p.m.
Sun., July 28, 9:30 p.m.

The Laughing Policeman
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
(U.S., 1973, 112 min.)
When Detective Jake Martin's partner is gunned down along with a busload of fellow transit passengers, Martin leads the manhunt for the crazed gunman, alongside an impulsive rookie detective Leo Larsen.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 19 to 23

Mad Max
Directed by George Miller
(Australia, 1979, 93 min.)
In a desolate post-apocalyptic future, Max is a motorcycle cop looking to get out of the game and spend more time with his wife and kid. But after the Glory Riders brutally murder his family, he mounts his souped-up V8 racer and sets off to exact bloody revenge.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 12 to 15

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Directed by George Miller
(Australia, 1981, 95 min.)
Mel Gibson is back as Max Rockatansky, who roams the post-apocalyptic Australian Outback where everyone is desperate to lay claim to the most precious resource: gasoline. He stumbles on a ragtag group of squatters who've staked a claim to an oil refinery and is moved to join their ranks in the fight against the rapacious and sadistic warlord, the Humungus.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 19, 9:45 p.m.,
Sun., July 21, 7:40 p.m.

The Maiden Danced to Death
Directed by Ender Holes
(Hungary/Canada/Slovenia, 2011, 100 min.)
When Istvan defected to the West many years earlier, his brother Gyula took over the dance company that Istvan had created. When Istvan finally returns, the complicated jumble of emotions experienced by the brothers proves devastating as they work together to produce "The Maiden Danced to Death," a folk-themed dance (English and Hungarian).
National Gallery of Art
Fri., July 5, 3 p.m.

No Subtitles Necessary: Vilmos and László
Directed by James Chressanthis
(U.S., 2008, 86 min.)
This documentary chronicles the friendship and interrelated careers of László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, two of Hollywood's most celebrated cinematographers who left Hungary following the 1956 uprising and, on their own, became American legends.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 6, 2 p.m.

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
Directed by Mark Hartley
(Australia/U.S., 2008, 103 min.)
This energetic and irreverent documentary celebrates the Australian genre cinema of the '70s and '80s known as "Ozploitation," featuring outrageous interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dennis Hopper and Ozploitation filmmakers.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 12 to 18

The Painting
Directed by Jean-François Laguionie
(France, 2011, 78 min.)
In this wryly inventive animated parable, a kingdom is divided into the three castes: the painted Alldunns; the Halfies that were left incomplete by the Painter; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines — all of whom explore the different worlds depicted in the paintings strewn about them, attempting to discover just what the Painter had in mind for his creations.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Directed by Óskar Jónasson
(Iceland/Germany/Netherlands, 2008, 88 min.)
With a wife and two kids, Kristófer has gone straight since his last arrest for smuggling alcohol into high-tariff Iceland on his merchant seaman jobs. But after his wife's brother gets in over his head with local thugs, he's forced to go back to his old ways.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 20, 6:15 p.m.,
Tue., July 23, 9:15 p.m.

Shadow Dancer
Directed by James Marsh
(U.K./Ireland, 2012, 101 min.)
When a single mother living in Belfast with her hard-line IRA brothers is arrested, an MI5 officer offers her a choice: go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son's life in danger, she places her trust in the MI5 and returns home.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Still Mine
Directed by Michael McGowan
(Canada, 2012, 103 min.)
In this heartfelt story, an elderly man is blindsided by local building codes and bureaucratic officials when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife.
The Avalon Theatre
Opens Fri., July 12

Unfinished Song
Directed by Paul Andrew Williams
(U.K./Germany, 2012, 96 min.)
A curmudgeonly pensioner named Arthur is reluctantly inspired to join a highly unconventional local seniors' choir after the death of his wife, a process that helps him repair relations with his estranged son.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Wake in Fright
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
(Australia/U.S., 1971, 114 min.)
A British schoolteacher descends into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in the Australian Outback.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 26, 9:30 p.m.,
Mon, July 29, 9:15 p.m.


Crime and Punishment
(Rikos ja rangaistus)
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland, 1983, 93 min.)
Ex-law student and current slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders not a pawnbroker but a wealthy industrialist simply as revenge for a past wrong. Unable to prove the suspect's guilt, an inspector bides his time, convinced that Rahikainen's conscience will eventually lead him to turn himself in.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 13 to 15


Directed by Alice Winocour
(France, 2012, 102 min.)
Augustine suffers a seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing "hysteria." There, she captures the attention of a renowned neurologist after she has another attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure. Intrigued, he begins using her as his principal subject, gaining acclaim but blurring the line between doctor and patient.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

France-Allemagne: Une Histoire Presque Commune
Directed by Bertrand Délais
(France, 2012, 55 min.)
To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Elysée Treaty, this retrospective traces the chronology of the friendship between France and Germany from the early 1960s to today via the successful partnerships between the German and French heads of state over the years.
Alliance Française de Washington


Hannah Arendt
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany/Luxembourg/France, 2012, 109 min.)
Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish political theorist, introduces the concept of the "banality of evil" during her reporting on 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann (German, French, English, Hebrew and Latin).
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 5


The World is Funny
(Haolam Mats'hik)
Directed by Shemi Zarhin
(Israel, 2012, 127 min.)
Estranged siblings who have endured childhood abandonment face new and ultimately interconnected challenges in adulthood: a widower whose older son has just awakened from a lengthy coma; a radio producer and his terminally ill Russian girlfriend; and a travel agent whose daughter was killed in an army accident.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., July 24, 8 p.m.


American Postcard
Directed by Gábor Bódy
(Hungary, 1975, 91 min.)
Two Hungarian officers, recent arrivals to America, serving as Union Army surveyors in the Civil War symbolize opposing attitudes toward the conflict: the rationalist, hoping to offer his skills to the cause, and the raw romantic revolutionary (Hungarian, French and German).
National Gallery of Art
Fri., July 5, 1 p.m.

Bánk bán
Directed by Csaba Káel
(Hungary, 2002, 118 min.)
Ferenc Erkel's grand romantic opera "Bánk bán" — a season opener in Budapest's state opera house — transforms a medieval folk saga into a sweeping visual and musical extravaganza.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 6, 4 p.m.

Children of Glory
(Szabadság, szerelem)
Directed by Krisztina Goda and Joe Eszterhas
(Hungary, 2006, 123 min.)
A heroic interpretation of events surrounding the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, this epic romance entangled with political intrigue follows the life of a celebrated athlete and an activist whom he meets at a revolutionary rally on the streets of Budapest (Hungarian, Russian and English).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 7, 4 p.m.


Jar City
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
(Iceland/Germany/Denmark, 2006, 93 min.)
In 1974, a young girl met an untimely end, her murder never solved. Thirty years later, a photo of her grave is the only clue in the mysterious murder of a crusty old pervert. It falls to Inspector Erlendur to reopen the cold case, whose trail leads to a foreboding medical facility that houses disturbing secrets.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 12 to 17


Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg
(Norway, 1997, 96 min.)
Troubled homicide detective Jonas Engström is sent to investigate a brutal murder in a small town in the far north of Norway, where the sun never sets, the fog never lifts, and tension runs high as Engström begins to lose his grip first on the case, then on reality (Norwegian and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 12, 7 p.m.,
Tue., July 16, 9:15 p.m.


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1929, 85 min.)
A woman kills in self-defense and is subsequently bedeviled by both her terrifying memories and a merciless blackmailer (live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Picture Orchestra).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1928, 106 min.)
A millionaire feigns bankruptcy to teach his frivolous flapper daughter a lesson in Hitchcock's effervescent jazz-age romantic comedy (live musical accompaniment by Ray Brubacher).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 20, 4 p.m.

The Constant Nymph
Directed by Adrian Brunel
(U.K., 1928, 110 min.)
When a young woman moves in with her cousin and her husband, their marriage begins to falter in this shocking mix of adolescent desire and illicit entanglement — set in a spectacularly bright Austrian state of Tyrol and later in the dark drawing rooms of London (Philip Carli in performance).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 21, 5:30 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1927, 74 min.)
A boy wrongly charged with stealing is expelled from his school and makes his way to Paris, where he really starts to go "downhill" (Philip Carli in performance).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 21, 4 p.m.

Easy Virtue
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1927, 90 min.)
Larita Filton flees England after a scandalous divorce, marries a new man, and then attempts to re-enter British society with her suitably rich new mate while battling society's conventions (screens with "The First Born"; Stephen Horne in performance).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 14, 4 p.m.

The First Born
Directed by Miles Mander
(U.K., 1928, 88 min.)
Reflecting on the double standards of upper-crust British society, "The First Born" tracks the deterioration of adoring bonds between Sir Hugo Boycott and his young bride after she fails to produce an heir (screens with "Easy Virtue"; Stephen Horne in performance).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 14, 4 p.m.

The Lodger
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1926, 98 min.)
Hitchcock's first true thriller and earliest commercial success (and containing the first of his cameo appearances), "The Lodger" tells the story of a boarding house resident suspected of murder by his landlady (Monto Alto Picture Orchestra in performance).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 27, 2 p.m.

The Manxman
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1929, 110 min.)
A love triangle between two childhood friends and the girl they both love plays out against the rugged coastline of the Isle of Man and the puritanical social codes of an isolated fishing village in one of Hitchcock's most accomplished silent films.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 13, 5:30 p.m.

The Ring
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1927, 108 min.)
Jack "One Round" Sander is a promising contender hoping for a shot at the big time, his success in the boxing ring ultimately in service to the lovely Mabel. But his promoter, who also has eyes for Mabel, would prefer that his boxer focus only on the sport (live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Picture Orchestra).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 28, 3 p.m.


I'm So Excited!
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
(Spain, 2013, 90 min.)
A technical failure during a flight to Mexico City endangers passengers and crew — whose defenselessness in the face of danger provokes a general catharsis.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 5


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
(Män som hatar kvinnor)
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
(Sweden/Denmark/Germany, 2009, 152 min.)
Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist teams up with genius hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate a cold case involving a missing girl, and together they uncover a horrific scandal that reaches to the very top of the Swedish business elite.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 27 to 31

The Hunters
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden, 1996, 113 min.)
Returning to his hometown after the death of his father and a case of career burnout, Erik Bäckström reconnects with his brother and old chums. But after investigating the slaughter of the local Samis' reindeer herd, Erik uncovers a massive and lucrative organized poaching ring, and those closest to him are most involved.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., July 29, 7 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 1, 9:10 p.m.


Events - July 2013

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Opens Wed., July 3
Seven Points (Part Two)
"Seven Points" is a series of exhibitions that showcase the work of seven Australian contemporary artists: Daniel Boyd, Marley Dawson, Newell Harry, Anna Kristensen, Angelica Mesiti, Kate Mitchell and Tim Silver. Informed by periods of residency internationally, these artists' works offer alternative points of entry into the diverse conditions of Australian culture.
Embassy of Australia

July 3 to Aug. 9
The Burning of Visibility: From Reality to Dream
Renowned French photographer Anne-Lise Large has resided in the United States for the past four years, lending a unique perspective to her latest photographic series, which offers an outsider's view of what constitutes "American culture."
Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

July 3 to Oct. 6
NOW at the Corcoran – Ellen Harvey: The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.
Ellen Harvey's new project is a glimpse into the world of the distant future. Human civilization having long since come to an end, the earth is populated now only by ruins, ripe for archeological interpretation by visitors from another planet. Attempting to make sense of what they find, Harvey's aliens immediately mine the potential of one of the greatest neo-classical cities — Washington, D.C. — as a tourist destination.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through July 5
Eliana Macri: Paintings
Buenos Aires native Eliana Macri creates abstract paintings and engravings whose vibrant colors, lines and space form shapes that appear to be moving around the canvas, trying to escape, seeking something more, multiplying and growing.
Embassy of Argentina

Through July 7
One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection
New Jersey psychiatrist-turned-collector Paul Singer's bequest to the Sackler Gallery created one of the largest Chinese archaeological collections in the United States. This exhibition looks at the collector's contributions to Chinese art history — made largely at a time when contact between China and the West was heavily restricted — and examines how landmark archaeological discoveries have shed new light on his acquisitions and on ancient China.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through July 12
Nothing is Done (Nichts ist erledigt)
Ever since the 1970s, artist, publisher and lawyer Klaus Staeck has been causing a stir in Germany. Often used in protests against environmental destruction, Staeck's art — through evocative images and slogans — calls attention to global warming, ever-growing piles of rubbish, nuclear waste, and the pollution of the air and oceans.

July 13 to June 8, 2014
Perspectives: Rina Banerjee
Born in India and based in New York City, artist Rina Banerjee draws on her background as a scientist and her experience as an immigrant in her richly textured works that complicate the role of objects as representations of cultures and invite viewers to share her fascination in materials.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through July 28
Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute
This 150th birthday tribute to Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Norway's most famed painter and printmaker, includes more than 20 renowned works from the gallery's collection and a unique series of six variant impressions.
National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 4
Arts of Japan: Edo Aviary and Poetic License
Complementary but distinct installations examine two themes of Edo period art: "Edo Aviary," which traces how depictions of birds were influenced by natural history painting, and "Poetic License: Making Old Words New," which shows how classical Japanese and Chinese literary traditions were absorbed into the merchant and artisan classes.
Freer Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 4
Views of Panama
Photographers Gabriel Benaim, José Manuel Castrellón and Lorena Endara examine the stunning transformation Panama has undertaken in the last few years, manifested into a real estate and building boom that has changed Panama City's skyline.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

Through Aug. 4
A World of Bonds: Frederick Sommer's Photography and Friendships
Frederick Sommer (1905–99) explored an unusually broad array of subjects ranging from disorienting landscapes and macabre aspects of the natural world to surreal arrangements of found objects and virtual abstractions.
National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 11
Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books
More than 100 volumes reflect on the Edo period Japan (1615-1868) as an age of great social and political change that gave rise to an unprecedented "reading culture" of artists, writers and publishers. Similar to blogging and e-publication in the 21st century, illustrated books (ehon) in Edo Japan opened up a new avenue with which to share ideas, marked by epic levels of publishing and book consumption.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Sept. 1
David Levinthal: War Games
David Levinthal, a central figure in the history of American postmodern photography, has staged uncanny tableaux using toys and miniature dioramas for nearly 40 years. Mounted to celebrate the museum's acquisition of a major, career-spanning body of work, this exhibition is the first to feature all of the artist's work on the subject of war.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 1
Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945
Featuring 44 sumptuous canvases, the exhibition charts French cubist master Georges Braque's (1882-1963) work in the still-life genre — from depictions of intimate interiors in the late 1920s, to vibrant, large-scale canvases in the 1930s, to darker and more personal spaces in the 1940s.
The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 2
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music
More than 130 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs and posters reveal how the Ballets Russes — the most innovative dance company of the 20th century — propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers and fashion designers.
National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 2
Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project
Chinese artist Xu Bing spent more than two years creating his newest work, "Phoenix Project," a massive installation that comprises two birds fabricated entirely from materials found at construction sites in Beijing.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Sept. 8
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present
Butterfly wings, glass shards, doll parts, crumpled automotive metal, jigsaw puzzle pieces, clothing, straight pins, furniture, and colored sand — these are just some of the materials in "Over, Under, Next," an exhibition of approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, primarily drawn from the Hirshhorn's collection.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 15
Fusion: Tracing Asian Migration to the Americas
Through the permanent collection of the Art Museum of the Americas, one of the most vital sources of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art in the United States, this exhibition explores the migration of artists or their families to the Americas from Asia during the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.
Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 22
Bice Lazzari: Signature Line
In collaboration with the Italian Embassy, this exhibit features 25 paintings and drawings by Lazzari (1900-81), one of Italy's most revered modern artists. Discouraged from studying the figure in art school in the 1910s because of her gender, she became a prominent decorative arts designer who became for her later poetic abstract paintings.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 29
A Book Behind Bars: The Robben Island Shakespeare
Nelson Mandela signed his name next to a passage from "Julius Caesar" in Shakespeare's "Complete Works" on Dec. 16, 1977, while serving 18 years as a political prisoner at Robben Island. More than 30 of Mandela's fellow prisoners also signed their names next to passages, documenting a part of their experience through their shared knowledge of Shakespeare. Accompanying the Robben Island Shakespeare book — on display for the first time in the United States — is a series of sketches Mandela made in the early 2000s, reflecting on his prison life.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Sept. 29
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
This landmark exhibition revolutionizes our understanding of war, immersing viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians through images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations that span conflicts from the past 165 years — from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 6
Peter Coffin: Here & There
Throughout his career, Peter Coffin has created an unpredictable and eclectic array of works, including many that express a sense of joy and sometimes, humor.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Oct. 13
Out of Southeast Asia: Art that Sustains
The last exhibition presented in the Textile Museum's historic location before the museum's 2014 reopening promises to be a beautiful pairing of tradition and innovation, demonstrating how four artists are reinventing traditional Southeast Asian textile techniques, designs and ideology in new and meaningful ways.
The Textile Museum

Through Nov. 10
Awake in a Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger
The first major museum exhibition of visual artist and author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" reveals a mysterious, strange and whimsical world, both real and imagined, through 239 paintings, drawings, prints and book art.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Dec. 31
S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom
As part of the SPAIN arts & culture program (www.spainculture.us), "S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom" presents the most avant-garde pieces of Spanish design conceived for modern working environments, highlighting how the creativity of contemporary Spanish designers adapts to any office space and how Spanish design companies are successfully competing in international markets, such as the United States.
Former Spanish Residence

Through Jan. 5
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
More than 100 photographs selected from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the museum's photography collection, examine photography's evolution in the United States from a documentary medium to a full-fledged artistic genre, and showcase the numerous ways in which it has captured the American experience.
American Art Museum

Through Jan. 5
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Some 100 exceptional works of art from the late 18th to 21st centuries come together for the first major exhibition and scholarly endeavor to comprehensively examine the rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, work and frame their days.
National Museum of African Art

Through Jan. 12
Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post
From the glamour of Palm Beach, to the rustic whimsy of the Adirondacks, to the distinguished social scene of Washington, D.C., heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post brought to her multiple residences a flawless style of living and entertaining that was made possible only through the gracious management of loyal staff.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Feb. 9
Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen
This exhibit considers the 40-year-plus career of Roger Ballen, one of the more recognized photographic artists working today, through a new approach: an examination of line and drawing in his photographs.
National Museum of African Art


Sun., July 7, 2 p.m.
Golden Dragon Acrobats from China
With its astonishing balancing acts, gravity-defying juggling and colorful costumes, the Golden Dragon Acrobats carry on a Chinese performance tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Tickets are $38
Wolf Trap Filene Center


July 3 to 7
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced annually on the National Mall, features the themes "Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival," "One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritages" and "The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style and Identity."
National Mall

July 11 to 28
Capital Fringe Festival
The eighth annual Capital Fringe Festival takes over D.C. with hundreds of performances by adventurous and innovative performing artists from the Washington metro area, elsewhere in the United States and overseas. Performances take place in more than 20 traditional and non-traditional performance venues, and include works ranging from theater, dance, and puppetry to the unclassifiable. For information, visit www.capitalfringe.org.
Various locations

Fri., July 12, 7 p.m.
Bastille Day
The Embassy of France welcomes Washingtonians to Comité Tricolore's annual Bastille Day celebration, featuring a buffet by chefs from some of the area's top restaurants, live jazz performances, open bar, and an array of luxurious items in the one-of-a-kind silent auction. Tickets are $95 to $150.
La Maison Française


Through July 6
One Destiny
This one-act play by Richard Hellesen brings the drama and emotion of the American Civil War to life by capturing the emotions of that fateful night in 1865 that killed Abraham Lincoln, as told through the eyewitness accounts of actor Harry Hawk and Ford's Theatre co-owner Harry Ford, among others. Please call for ticket information.
Ford's Theatre

Through July 7
Anything Goes
All aboard for Roundabout Theatre Company's saucy and splendid production of the beloved musical "Anything Goes," winner of three 2011 Tony Awards. Tickets are $25 to $115.
Kennedy Center Opera House

July 9 to Aug. 18
The Book of Mormon
Nine 2011 Tony Awards say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, "It's the funniest musical of all time." And the New York Times says, "It's the best musical of this century." It's "The Book of Mormon," the Broadway phenomenon from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and "Avenue Q" co-creator Robert Lopez. Tickets are $43 to $250.
Kennedy Center Opera House

July 10 to Aug. 4
The Third Beast
A series of characters tries to escape everyday life in search of true identity in "The Third Breast," written in 1975 by one of Poland's "angry young men," Ireneusz Iredyński (1939-85), who explores such themes as addiction to power; fear of the other; the search for an absolute; love and erotic fascination; and the consequences of blind faith. Tickets are $20 to $40 (for mature audiences).
Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

July 13 to Aug. 19
Scena Theatre, in the final production of its 25th anniversary season, presents Oscar Wilde's engrossing biblical tragedy in one act — a provocative, controversial stage play that is rarely performed. Tickets are $35 or $40.
Atlas Performing Arts Center

Through July 14
Angel Street
Angel Street, otherwise known as "Gaslight," focuses on a seemingly normal couple, the Manninghams. Is the handsome Jack Manningham a caring husband, or is he discreetly trying to drive his young wife Bella into insanity under the guise of kindness? It takes an extraordinarily dedicated Scotland Yard detective to unravel this delightfully twisted thriller. Tickets are $32.50 to $65.
Olney Theatre Center

Through July 21
Rabbit Hole
The Keegan Theatre presents David Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole," which charts one couple's journey from darkness to light with empathy and great imagination. Tickets are $35.
Church Street Theater


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