March 2014


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Cover Story

Tunisia: 'Candle in the Dark'
That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

a4.tunisia.chelaifa.nusacc.homeTunisia lit the spark of revolution that engulfed the Arab world, although unlike Syria, Egypt and Libya, it has emerged relatively unscathed, having recently passed a new constitution. But the country's new ambassador warns that the story of the Arab Spring is far from written. Read More 

People of World Influence

Ex-Lawmaker Sounds Alarm
On Wildlife Poaching Epidemic

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International Affairs

Botswana, Tanzania 'Diplomatic Sisters' Share Different Kind of Africa Story

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International Relations

Democrats Give Obama Cold Shoulder
On Trade Promotion Authority President Obama wants to secure "fast track" authority for free trade deals with Pacific Rim and European Union nations, the road goes through Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — and it's already shaping up to be a bumpy ride. Read More

The Rotunda: Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill

Kerry Gives Obama
Something to Talk About

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Ex-Honduran Army Chief Recasts
Himself as Political Crusader

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Gradual Exposure May Reduce
Risk for Kids with Peanut Allergies

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Ex-Lawmaker Sounds Alarm On Wildlife Poaching Epidemic

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By Michael Coleman

John Tanner, a popular moderate Democrat from west Tennessee, served 11 terms in the House of Representatives and likely could have served several more.

Instead, the longtime lawmaker — like many of his colleagues in recent years — walked away from the marbled halls of power on Capitol Hill in 2011, frustrated by congressional gridlock and eager to see where else he could apply his political expertise and Washington contacts. That’s why he got involved with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) — a place where he can still influence Congress, but from a distance and with a laser-beam focus on the environmental and conservation issues he cares about. Tanner joined the group’s board three years ago and is now its chairman.

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Two white rhinos stand in Nakuru, Kenya. Rhino horn is worth more than its weight in gold, leading to an explosion in poaching.

“I got involved in this on one very simple premise,” Tanner said with his rich Tennessee drawl during a late February afternoon interview at his office at the Prime Policy Group, a lobbying and government relations firm in midtown Washington. “We’ve got one planet here and if we mess this up we’ve got nowhere to go. We have to take care of what we’ve got if we’re going to pass it on to our children.”

Tanner said ICCF distinguishes itself from some other environmental groups by being more bipartisan and moderate in its approach. Its role model is President Theodore Roosevelt, who championed both the preservation and development of America’s natural resources.

“It is an organization that has conservation at the core,” Tanner said. “We don’t mind if you want to cut down a tree. That’s fine — just plant two. We don’t say, ‘Don’t use natural resources,’ but we do say, ‘Replace and conserve what is irreplaceable.’ It’s here to use but don’t abuse it.”

In the decade since its inception, ICCF has become a nonprofit fixture on Capitol Hill, coordinating government, business and NGO leaders to set a conservation agenda that can penetrate Washington’s fiercely partisan walls. ICCF supports the Congressional International Conservation Caucus, which counts as its members one-third of the House and one-fourth of the Senate.

While most laud the work ICCF does, the organization does have its critics. A Mother Jones article in 2013 called it a “mysterious charity based out of a two-story townhouse in the posh Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.”

“It may not have a glass-and-steel headquarters, but the ICCF counts among its supporters some of America’s most powerful corporations and special interests,” the magazine wrote, citing ExxonMobil and trade groups like the American Petroleum Institute and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board that represent “environmentally destructive industries.”

Corbin Hiar wrote that ICCF provides these corporate backers with access to its large Rolodex of legislators. The article also discussed the lavish junkets — including an African safari that cost $47,000 — that ICCF provides to lawmakers under the guise of education. Tanner conceded that “they are nice trips” but also said members of Congress and others who travel on the ICCF’s dime get to see firsthand the environmental and conservation struggles in developing countries, giving them a unique perspective and hopefully instilling a desire to work for change.

Tanner said he and other ICCF officials also travel to countries in Africa and elsewhere to preach the importance of protecting wildlife — not only as a humanitarian gesture but as a means of protecting the tourism economy.

“What we have tried to impress on the parliamentarians in countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, Gabon and other places, is that the wildlife is what makes Africa unique,” Tanner said, gesturing to some photos on his office wall that his wife took on a recent Kenyan safari. “If they lose that uniqueness, they have lost a real asset. There is nowhere else in the world you can go and see lions and giraffes and elephants.”

Former Rep. John Tanner

He also dismissed critics who complain that the ICCF hasn’t taken a position on climate change. He said the polarizing issue would divide one of the few truly bipartisan caucuses in Congress.

“We try to stay apolitical because we think that that is important to bridge the gap between the left and the right on conservation,” he said. “I guess it’s a fair criticism, but I’m not sure all the members of the ICCF would agree on [the issue]. It’s very political, really. We don’t lobby bills. We’re trying to bridge the gap rather than trying to alienate people.”

During his time in Congress, Tanner was a founding member of the U.S. International Conservation Caucus and chaired the House delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He also served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Since retiring from Congress, Tanner has also joined the boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Blue Dog Research Forum.

In recent months, Tanner and the ICCF have stepped up their work on behalf of endangered elephants, rhinos and other animals that are being targeted by poachers who make big bucks selling ivory and rhino horns, as well as pelts and other animal products on the black market. It’s an issue that environmentalists of all political stripes agree has reached crisis proportions.

Experts say an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade is threatening to overturn decades of conservation and development gains. As populations and economies have grown in East Asia, the demand for wildlife products has surged, sending the black market price of tusks, horns and hides to historic highs. Ivory, specifically, can sell for $1,500 a pound while rhino horn is worth more than its weight in gold, able to fetch up to $50,000 a pound.

Wildlife products are easily converted into cash and used to purchase weapons and fund transnational crime syndicates and violent terrorist organizations. According to the Stimson Center, wildlife has become the fourth-largest illicitly traded good in the world, representing a $19 billion industry. Yet punishments for poaching, compared to drug or arms trafficking, are light, making it a low-risk, high-reward venture.

As a result, an important shift has taken place, with the United States and other governments increasingly recognizing that wildlife poaching is not just an environmental issue but a national security threat.

Last month, President Obama announced a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking to address the “global security threat posed by illegal trade in wildlife.” The government-wide effort includes a ban on the commercial trade of ivory and aims to strengthen enforcement, raise public awareness and expand international cooperation.

“Like other forms of illicit trade, wildlife trafficking undermines security across nations,” the strategy says. “Well-armed networks of poachers, criminals and corrupt officials exploit porous borders and weak institutions to profit from trading in illegally taken wildlife.”

The document — which was released ahead of a major international wildlife trafficking conference hosted by the British government — admits that “the United States is among the world’s major markets” for wildlife goods. But it adds that in Asia, “increased demand for ivory and rhino horn stems from a rapidly expanding wealthy class that views these commodities as luxury goods that enhance social status.”

Rhino horn is reputed to be an aphrodisiac, but Asians, particularly Chinese and Vietnamese, also buy the expensive ground horn to relieve dizziness, boost energy, nourish the blood, cure laryngitis and remedy a variety of other ailments, from cancer to hangovers.

U.S. officials say they’ve broached the subject with their Chinese counterparts and hope to set an example. Last November, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pulverized six tons of confiscated ivory. China and other countries have followed suit, publically staging similar ivory destructions.

But it’s a race against time, and extinction.

In 2013, the United Nations warned that elephant poaching is the worst it has been in a decade. Wildlife groups estimate that more than 30,000 elephants are being slaughtered each year, out of a dwindling worldwide population of 500,000 or fewer.

Photo: Darren Potgieter / CITES / UNEP
An elephant carcass is turned over to look for bullet wounds at Zakouma National Park in Chad. A March 2013 U.N. report, "Elephants in the Dust – The African Elephant Crisis," found that elephant poaching doubled and illegal ivory trade tripled in the last decade, endangering already fragile populations in Central Africa, as well as previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Similarly, rhino poaching rates in Africa have skyrocketed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says more than 1,000 rhinos were killed last year, compared to 100 a year a decade ago. According to United for Wildlife, 95 percent of the world’s rhinos have been lost in the last 40 years.

All that comes despite increased surveillance efforts in countries that actively patrol their nature reserves, such as South Africa, which in recent years has seen a new national record of rhino killings. Hundreds of elephants have been killed in Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida National Park. And in Tanzania, President Jakaya Kikwete announced last month that elephant herds were being decimated in his nation, where the population in one major wildlife sanctuary plunged from nearly 40,000 in 2009 to just 13,000 today.

“The poaching in Africa is a crisis situation and we are finally realizing it’s a national security situation, too, because it’s financing a lot of terrorism,” Tanner said.

Al-Shabaab, a wing of al-Qaeda based in Africa that has contributed to deep instability in Somalia, has paid for a good chunk of its operating expenses by poaching elephants. The Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan militant movement infamous for forcing children to fight in its ranks, also reportedly poaches and sells elephant ivory.

The recent rise in wildlife product prices is fueling better-organized, better-funded and better-armed criminal and terrorist networks, and even militias, compounding the challenges faced by those charged with protecting endangered animals. In fact, animals aren’t the only ones in the crossfire. Over the past decade, hundreds of African wildlife rangers — who must patrol vast stretches of territory and often lack the sophisticated gear that poachers have at their disposal — have been brutally murdered by highly skilled poachers.

Last summer, the New York Times reported that a militia of infamous elephant poachers ambushed the headquarters of a wildlife reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo and killed five people and 14 okapi, a rare animal with a giraffe-like neck and zebra-like legs. According to the newspaper, “one guard who narrowly escaped said the attackers sliced open the chest of a downed colleague and ate his heart.”

African militaries sometime try to intervene, but not always successfully.

“Sometimes the poachers outgun the military,” Tanner lamented.

The ICCF is working to raise awareness of the dangers of poaching, and Congress seems to be listening, even in this era of budget cutbacks. Lawmakers passed a 2014 omnibus spending bill early this year, creating a new $45 million fund to combat wildlife trafficking and maintaining or raising funding levels for key international conservation programs. This additional funding reflects the successful efforts of international conservation groups to educate policymakers about the African poaching crisis and its direct links to instability, armed conflict and terrorism — not to mention its impact on economic development, poverty alleviation and even food and freshwater security.

Tanner said he views his role with ICCF as helping to keep his former colleagues on the Hill up to speed about poaching and conservation issues in general.

“We want the Congress to be not only informed but to be supportive of what we’re trying to do, particularly when we bring parliamentarians from other countries here to see that no matter how partisan the body is, that this issue can transcend partisanship,” Tanner said. “You have the people on the far left and right who are involved with what we’re trying to do. I think that’s a very constructive, positive thing for governance, for people to agree on something, and this is something that is nonpartisan.”

About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.


Botswana, Tanzania ‘Sisters’ Share Different Africa Story

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By Larry Luxner

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Democrats Give Obama Cold Shoulder On Trade Promotion Authority

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Letters to the Editor

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By Cari

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Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

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By Larry Luxner

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Kerry Gives Obama Something to Talk About

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Ex-Honduran Army Chief Recasts Himself as Political Crusader

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By Larry Luxner

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Gradual Exposure May Reduce Risk for Kids with Peanut Allergies

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By Gina Shaw

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Washingtonians Warm Up To Bringing the Inside Out

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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India, Oman Buy Real Estate To Expand Cultural Presence

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With Theater Festival, All the Kennedy Center’s a Stage

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Portuguese Wife Joins Ambassador Husband as DCM at Embassy

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By Gail Scott

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Spanish Small Plates Blend Taste and Artful Design

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Ibero-American Architecture Gives Rise to ‘Transforming Cityscapes’

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Writer Peels Away Family Secrets in ‘Young Lady of Tacna’

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‘Workt by Hand’ Weaves Together Overlooked Side of U.S. History

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By Audrey Hoffer

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Acclaimed Chef Goes Casual For Piedmont-Inspired Alba Osteria

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Accidental Pen Pals in India Become Intimate Over Lunch

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Palestinian Filmmaker Tries to Break Cinematic Glass Ceiling

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Films - March 2014

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EFF = Environmental Film Festival

WJFF = Washington Jewish Film Festival

NAFF = New African Films Festival


Directed by Zeresenay Mehari
(Ethiopia, 2014, 99 min.)
In 1996 Ethiopia, an empowered lawyer who provides free legal services to poor women and children takes on the case of a 14-year-old girl charged with the murder of her abductor and would-be husband (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 15, 7 p.m.


Shadow in Baghdad
Directed by Duki Dror
(Israel/France, 2013, 70 min.)
Jews once played a major role in Iraqi society, and this investigative documentary traces their story, and that of the brutal campaign that eventually drove them out from Baghdad (WJFF; Arabic and Hebrew).
Washington DCJCC
Sat., March 8, 12 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 9, 1:45 p.m.



Directed by Ian Thomas Ash
(Japan, 2013, 71 min.)

Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, the children there are suffering from severe nosebleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts (EFF; screens with “The Bonobo Connection” (Congo/U.S, 2012, 32 min)).

Georgetown University
Wed., March 26, 7 p.m.

After Winter, Spring

Directed by Judith Lit
(France, 2013, 74 min.)

In an era of mega-farms, the encroachment of suburbia, new European Union rules and reductions of agricultural subsidies, the farmers in the Périgord region of France are forced to confront challenges that threaten the very existence of their small farms (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 30, 5:45 p.m.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Directed by Anthony Powell
(New Zealand, 2013, 91 min.)

Photographer Anthony Powell spent 10 years chronicling Antarctica, from the 24-hour darkness of winter to desolate, stunning polar vistas and the creatures and humans based there (EFF; screens with “Critical Mass” and Expedition to the End of the World).

National Museum of Natural History
Sun., March 23, 3 p.m.

The Apple

Directed by Menahem Golan
(U.S./W. Germany, 1980, 86 min.)

Menahem Golan’s trippy reinterpretation of the Book of Genesis centers on two budding rockers who fall under the control of a wickedly evil record producer (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 8, 10 p.m.

Beyond the Edge 3D

Directed by Leanne Pooley
(New Zealand, 2013, 90 min.)

Follow Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on their monumental and historical first ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 through interviews, photography and original and staged film footage (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 22, 7:30 p.m.

Blood Glacier

Directed by Marvin Kren
(Austria, 2013, 93 min.)

The crew at a climate-research center in the German Alps discovers a mysterious red liquid on a nearby retreating glacier that seems to be turning local wildlife into predatory monstrosities (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 22, 10 p.m.

Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu’s Dream

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
(Germany/U.K., 2012, 95 min.)

Japanese artist Susumu Shingu converses with nature through his sculptures. This film lingers with Shingu at the sides of ponds and bamboo forests, emulating the measured pace of his art (EFF).

National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 22, 4:30 p.m.

Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale

Directed by Scott Dobson
(Canada, 2013, 52 min.)

This film explores the complicated fight against the Asian Carp, an invasive but impressive species of fish that is really just doing what it does best: surviving (EFF).

Embassy of Canada
Tue., March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Char: No Man’s Land

Directed by Sourav Sarang Coombe
(India, 2013, 88 min.)

A 14-year-old boy smuggling rice from India to Bangladesh dreams of going to his old school in India, but reality forces him to eke out a living on a fragile island formed by the river Ganga, the same river that eroded his home in mainland India (EFF).

National Museum of Natural History
Fri., March 28, 12 p.m.

Critical Mass

Directed by Mike Freedman
(U.K., 2012, 101 min.)

Based on the rodent population experiments to investigate the effects of social overcrowding, Mike Freedman explores the impact of human population growth on physical and psychological needs (EFF; screens with “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” and “Expedition to the End of the World”).

National Museum of Natural History
Sun., March 23, 1 p.m.

Escaping the Flood

Directed by Frans Bromet
(Netherlands, 2006, 50 min.)

Experts predict that Ilpendam, a water village in a Dutch polder, will be gone within 50 years, leaving the director and his family wondering if they should leave and move somewhere else (EFF).

Royal Netherlands Embassy
Tue., March 25, 6:30 p.m.

Expedition to the End of the World

Directed by Daniel Dencik
(Denmark, 2013, 90 min.)

A schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus sets off for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of northeast Greenland (EFF; screens with “Critical Mass” and “Antarctica: A Year on Ice”).

National Museum of Natural History
Sun, March 23, 4:30 p.m.


Directed by Roberta Durrant
(South Africa, 2013, 97 min.)

Thirteen-year-old Felix dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil’s music (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 16, 4 p.m.


Directed by Harry Patramanis
(South Africa/Greece/U.S., 2013, 96 min.)

A real estate developer, on the brink of bankruptcy, travels with his wife to a lavish and remote glass house bordering an informal settlement in the Western Cape of South Africa, where his inexplicably goes missing (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 17, 5:15 p.m.,
Tue., March 18, 9:30 p.m.

The Ginger Ninjas Ride Mexico
(Los Ginger Ninjas Rodando Mexico)

Directed by Sergio Morkin
(Mexico, 2012, 78 min.)

A rock band goes on a musical odyssey from northern California to the south of Mexico, cycling from bumpy jungle roads to a crowded Mexico City (EFF).

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sun., March 30, 12:30 p.m.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Directed by Biyi Bandele
(Nigeria/U.K., 2013, 106 min.)

Nigerian-born British playwright Biyi Bandele translates Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful novel of the same name into an emotional drama that gives voice to personal stories of the indignities and atrocities suffered during the Nigerian Civil War (NAFF opening-night film).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 13, 7:15 p.m. 


Directed by Thomas Balmès and Nina Bernfeld
(France/Finland, 2013, 80 min.)

A dreamy and solitary 8-year-old monk living in a remote village in Bhutan takes a three-day journey to the capital to buy a TV set. Does TV bring happiness or will progress destroy an ancient way of life? (EFF) 

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Thu., March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Horizontal Beautiful

Directed by Stefan Jäger
(Ethiopia/Switzerland, 2013, 90 min.)

Soccer-industry mogul Franz travels to Addis Ababa on a promotional tour, where he’s kidnapped by a rag-tag group of street kids who secretly plan to serve as his liberator (NAFF; English and Amharic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 15, 1 p.m. 

The Human Scale

Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
(Denmark, 2012, 77 min.)

For 40 years, Danish architect Jan Gehl has documented how modern cities repel human interaction and argues that we can build cities in a way that takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account (EFF; screens with “Thin Ice”).

National Building Museum
Wed., March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Imbabazi: The Pardon

Directed by Joel Karekezi
(Rwanda, 2013, 73 min.)

In Rwanda in 1994, Manzi and Karemera are best friends who seem to be inseparable, until the inexorable forces of history and violence tear them apart (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 16, 9:30 p.m.,
Tue., March 18, 5:15 p.m. 

It’s All True

Directed by Richard Wilson, Myron Meisel and Bill Krohn
(Brazil/France/U.S., 1993, 85 min.)

Both a documentary and an exercise in film restoration, “It’s All True” tells the complex story of Orson Welles’s ill-fated attempts to make an anthology film about South American life and culture (EFF).

Inter-American Development Bank
Thu., March 27, 6:30 p.m.

The Jungle School

Directed by Riri Riza
(Indonesia, 2013, 90 min.)

This film follows the journey of Time magazine’s “Hero of the Year,” Butet Manurung, from anthropologist to educator to activist as she works with isolated tribes in Indonesia to bring literacy and help save their rainforests (EFF).

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Tue., March 25, 7 p.m.

Kangaroo Dundee

Directed by Andrew Graham-Brown and Tom Mustill
(U.K., 2013, 59 min.)

An extraordinary man named Brogla lives in a shack in the Australian Outback with a mob of orphaned kangaroos (EFF).

Embassy of Australia
Wed., March 26, 6:30 p.m.

The Last Call

Directed by Enrico Cerasuolo
(Italy/Norway, 2013, 90 min.)

Forty years after “The Limits of Growth,” the book showing the consequences of human population growth, a review of the study’s authors seeks to answer the question as to whether the limits have been exceeded or whether there is still time for a final call (EFF).

National Museum of Natural History
Fri., March 28, 6:30 p.m.

The Last Fishing Boat

Directed by Shemu Joyah
(Malawi, 2012, 110 min.)

Yusufu, a once-successful fisherman on Lake Malawi, is now struggling due to the depletion of fish in the lake, while his cultural values are being threatened by the expanding tourist industry (NAFF; English and Chichewa).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 19, 7:20 p.m. 

The Last Shepherd
(L’ultimo Pastore)

Directed by Marco Bonfanti
(Italy, 2012, 76 min.)

Renato Zucchelli is the last man to tend sheep in the region of Lombardy, an area increasingly overrun by urban sprawl. Although blessed with family and friends, he has a dream: to introduce the children of Milan to the all-but-forgotten joys of his profession (EFF).

Italian Cultural Institute
Mon., March 24, 7 p.m.

The Latin Skyscraper
(El Rascacielos Latino)

Directed by Sebastián Schindel
(Argentina, 2012, 76 min.)

Watch as the mysteries surrounding the mythical Barolo Palace in Buenos Aires and its creator, Italian architect Mario Palanti, are unraveled (EFF).

Embassy of Argentina
Fri., March 28, 6:30 p.m.

The Man Who Plants Trees

Directed by Michal Gálik
(Czech Republic/Slovak Republic, 2013, 52 min.)

Learn about Ernest Vunan, who cares about the future of his country and decides to save the precious mountain rainforests in northwest Cameroon, where his Kedjom-Keku tribe lives (EFF).

Embassy of the Czech Republic
Thu., March 27, 6:30 p.m.

Moon Man

Directed by Stephan Schesch
(France/Germany/Ireland, 2012, 95 min.)

All alone in the sky and bored, the Moon Man hitches a ride to Earth on a passing comet in this animated film. But the world’s children are unable to sleep without seeing the Moon Man, so they must join forces to return him to his rightful place (EFF). 

Avalon Theatre
Sat., March 22, 10:30 a.m.

Ninah’s Dowry

Directed by Victor Viyouh
(Cameroon/U.S., 2012, 95 min.)

Ninah, 20, a veteran wife of seven years and a mother of three, tries to escape her abusive relationship, returning home to run a small restaurant (NAFF; English, Pidgin and Babanki).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 16, 6 p.m.,
Wed., March 19, 9:30 p.m. 

River and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
(Germany, 2001, 90 min.)

Shot in four countries and across four seasons, this award-winning film works on several levels to capture the unpredictability, brilliance and sheer sensuality of Andy Goldsworthy’s site-specific earthworks (EFF).

National Gallery of Art
Thu., March 20, 12:30 p.m.,
Fri., March 21, 12:30 p.m.

Sand Wars

Directed by Denis Delestrac
(France, 2013, 80 min.)

Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “sand wars” have begun (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Thu., March 20, 7 p.m.

Satoyama: Japan’s Secret Forest

Directed by Kikuchi Tetsunori
(Japan, 2008, 51 min.)

In Japan, there are still many places where people quietly live with nature. At the heart of such places are Satoyama, small, forested mountains blessed with rich nature moderately modified by human hand (EFF).

Japan Information and Culture Center
Wed., March 26, 6:30 p.m.

In Secret

Directed by Charlie Stratton
(U.S., 2013, 107 min.)

Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage by her domineering aunt embarks on an affair with her husband’s alluring friend.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Thin Ice

Directed by David Sington and Simon Lamb
(U.K./New Zealand, 2013, 74 min.)

As the science of climate change has come under increasing attack, “Thin Ice” reveals what’s really going on by showing its human face (EFF; screens with “The Human Scale”).

Edmund Burke School
Wed., March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Tokyo’s Belly

Directed by Reinhild Dettmer-Finke
(Germany, 2013, 70 min.)

The work of fishmongers, cooks, sanitation workers and farmers illustrates the Japanese values of ritual, discipline and belonging to a group (EFF).

Tue., March 25, 6 p.m.

The Venice Syndrome

Directed by Andreas Pichler
(Germany/Austria/Italy, 2013, 80 min.)

According to one study, there will be no more Venetians by the year 2030. Andreas Pichler’s revelatory and compassionate documentary is squarely on the side of the locals as they use humor and heart to cope with unconcerned governments, oblivious day-tourists and the disastrous crumbling of a way of life (EFF).

Tue., March 25, 7:30 p.m.


Directed by Godfrey Reggio
(U.S., 2013, 87 min.)

Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema 


Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky
(Canada, 2013, 92 min.)

A feature documentary of astonishing beauty, “Watermark” transports us all over the world, revealing the extent to which humanity has shaped water, and how it has shaped us (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Tue., March 18, 7 p.m.


The Rooster Trademark Paper

Directed by Maryam Milani
(Iran, 2012, 93 min.)

A young, aspiring artist in Iran who sells newspapers is eager to enter a visual arts competition; however, to qualify, all entries must be submitted on costly Rooster Trademark paper, so friends, family and community rally around him to support his dream (EFF).

National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 22, 10:30 a.m.,
Sun., March 23, 11:30 a.m.


Helsinki Music Centre – Prelude

Directed by Matti Reinikka and Miisa Latikka
(Finland, 2012, 93 min.)

The architects of the Helsinki Music Centre sought to create a building in harmony with its urban surroundings and a concert hall with outstanding acoustics (EFF).

Embassy of Finland
Tue., March 25, 6 p.m.


Aya of Yop City

Directed by Clément Oubrerie
(France, 2013, 84 min.)

Surrounded by a loving family, 19-year-old Aya must balance her ambitions to study medicine with her family’s wish that she drop everything and get married.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 15, 3 p.m.

Burn It Up Djassa
(Le Djassa a pris feu)

Directed by Lonesome Solo
(Ivory Coast, 2012, 70 min.)

One night, hawking cigarettes to eke out a living, Tony joins a game of poker and discovers a fast way of making cash. But he quickly descends into the violent world of the “djassa,” ghetto in Abidjan street slang (NAFF; French and Nouchi).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 13, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., March 20, 6 p.m. 

Cousin Jules

Directed by Dominique Benicheti
(France, 1973, 91 min.)

A blend of documentary, cinema vérité and minimal cinema, the restored French masterpiece “Cousin Jules” is a compelling study of the daily life of an elderly French couple whose routines have become their link with life (EFF).

National Gallery of Art
Sun., March 23, 4:30 p.m.

Friends From France

Directed by Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski
(France/Germany/Canada/Russia, 2013, 100 min.)

In 1979, a young couple ventures deep behind the Iron Curtain where, by day, they pose as simple tourists, but at night, they secretly rendezvous with “refuseniks,” Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country (WJFF; French, Russian and Hebrew).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 1, 9:45 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Sat., March 8, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
(Chad/France, 2013, 101 min.)

Despite a bum leg, 25-year-old Grigris has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, but when his stepfather falls critically ill, he’s forced to risk his future by smuggling oil to pay the hospital bills (NAFF; French and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 17, 7:20 p.m. 

The Jewish Cardinal
(Le métis de Dieu)

Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen
(France, 2013, 90 min.)

Based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marchie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, maintained his Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood (WJFF; French, Latin, and Polish).

Washington DCJCC
Sat., March 1, 6:30 p.m.
JCC of Greater Washington
Sat., March 8, 8:45 p.m.

Once Upon a Forest
(Il était une forêt)

Directed by Luc Jacquet
(France, 2013, 78 min.)

Luc Jacquet takes a spectacular journey with renowned French botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé to the very top of the tropical rainforest canopy, chronicling seven centuries in the life of this “green lung” of the world (EFF).

Embassy of France
Wed., March 19, 7:30 p.m.

Slums: Cities of Tomorrow

Directed by Jean-Nicolas Orhon
(Canada, 2013, 82 min.)

This touching documentary takes you on a revealing journey from Mumbai, India, Asia’s biggest slum, through a suburb of Marseille to a Native American community in the Abitibi region of Quebec, a tent city in New Jersey and, finally, to the heart of a Moroccan slum (EFF; French, English, Arabic and Hindi).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Thu., March 27, 6 p.m.

Stranger by the Lake
(L’inconnu du lac)

Directed by Alain Guiraudie
(France, 2013, 97 min.)

Frank falls for an attractive yet darkly mysterious man at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France, becoming ensnared in a passionate affair and a murder mystery.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 7

Under the Starry Sky

Directed by Dyana Gaye
(Senegal/Belgium/France, 2013, 87 min.)

Set under the skies of three cities — Turin, New York and Dakar — the film follows the fates of three characters connected by destiny (NAFF; French, Wolof, English and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 14, 9:30 p.m.,
Mon., March 17, 9:30 p.m.

For a Woman

Directed by Diane Kurys
(France, 2013, 110 min.)

After her mother’s death, a mid-30s woman who knows practically nothing of her family’s past discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at her parents’ lives (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 2, 1 p.m.
Avalon Theatre
Tue., March 4, 6:30 p.m.


Keep Smiling

Directed by Rusudan Chkonia
(Georgia/France/Luxembourg, 2013, 91 min.)

In Tbilisi, 10 mothers compete in a TV competition to elect the “Best Mother of the Year,” doing everything in their power to ensure that they don’t miss out on this chance of a better life, even if means underhanded tricks. The film, which celebrates International Women’s Day, is presented in conjunction with the Embassy of Georgia and will feature a reception with Georgian wine afterward.

Embassy of France


Hanna’s Journey

Directed by Julia Von Heinz
(Germany/Israel, 2013, 99 min.)

Hanna’s motives for spending several months in Israel working with disabled youths and elderly Holocaust survivors aren’t noble, but meeting Itay might just change her self-centered ways (WJFF; German and Hebrew).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 2, 3:30 p.m.
Washington DCJCC

Thu., March 6, 8:30 p.m.


Directed by Oliver Ziegenbalg
(Germany, 2012, 96 min.)

Vladimir and his pals seize their chance to leave Moscow for Berlin after the fall of communism, when Jewish citizens from the Soviet Union where free to immigrate to Germany (WJFF; German and Russian).

Sat., March 1, 9 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 5, 7:30 p.m.


Album 61

Directed by Halil Efrat
(Israel, 2013, 70 min.)
Boris Gelfand — the first Israeli to compete for the World Chess Championship — has spent his entire life getting ready for one moment (WJFF; Russian, Hebrew and English).

Washington DCJCC
Sat., March 1, 2 p.m.
American University
Thu., March 6, 8:45 p.m.


Directed by Adi Adwan

(Israel, 2013, 82 min.)
Yosef, newly divorced from his Jewish wife, returns to his Druze village, where he attempts to rekindle old friendships and connect with his former bride-to-be (WJFF; Hebrew and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Thu., March 6, 6:30 p.m.

Before the Revolution

Directed by Dan Shadur
(Israel, 2013, 60 min.)

Hard as it may be to imagine today, Tehran, the capital city of Iran, was once considered a paradise for Israelis. Dan Shadur’s documentary begins as a nostalgic look into his family’s glorious past but quickly morphs into a thrilling ride that offers a new take on the Iranian Revolution (WJFF; Hebrew and Arabic).

JCC of Greater Washington
Sat., March 1, 6:45 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., March 2, 11:15 a.m.


Directed by Yuval Adler

(Israel/U.K./Belgium/Germany, 2013, 99 min.)

Israel’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, “Bethlehem” tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant (WJFF; Hebrew and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 1, 5 p.m.
Avalon Theatre
Tue., March 4, 8:45 p.m.


Directed by Eytan Fox
(Israel, 2013, 90 min.)

When a group of tightknit friends accidentally enters a Eurovision-style musical contest, their endearing tune — originally written to console a heartbroken buddy — is picked to represent Israel (WJFF closing-night film).

JCC of Greater Washington
Tue., March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., March 9, 7:30 p.m.

Dancing in Jaffa

Directed by Hilla Medalia
(Israel/U.S., 2013, 84 min.)

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has a burning desire to use dance for social good, teaming Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children as ballroom partners (WJFF; Hebrew and Arabic).

Washington DCJCC
Tue., March 4, 6:30 p.m.

Dove’s Cry

Directed by Ganit Ilouz
(Israel, 2013, 52 min.)

A young charismatic teacher from Wadi Ara teaches Arabic in a Jewish primary school, opening up a cross-cultural dialogue (WJFF; Hebrew and Arabic).

American University
Thu., March 6, 6:45 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., March 9, 1:30 p.m.

The Garden of Eden

Directed by Ran Tal
(Israel, 2013, 74 min.)

One of the most famous and visited parks in Israel, the Sakhne hot spring serves as an informal melting pot, offering respite for Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Christians alike (WJFF; Hebrew and Arabic).

Sat., March 8, 6:30 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., March 9, 3:30 p.m.

Handa Handa 4

Directed by David Ofek and Neta Shoshani
(Israel, 2013, 59 min.)

Two young Bukharins living in Israel have been dating for almost three years, rebelling against longstanding tradition that they must marry (WJFF).

Sun., March 2, 2:45 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Tue., March 4, 8:45 p.m.

Turn Left at the End of the World

Directed by Avi Nesher
(Israel, 2004, 108 min.)

A few Indian families move to a small Israeli town, inhabited by Moroccan immigrants. A culture war ensues: the Moroccans look down on the dark-skinned Indians, while the Indians consider the Moroccans a bunch of uncouth troublemakers (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC
Sun., March 2, 3 p.m.


B for Boy

Directed by Chika Anadu
(Nigeria, 2013, 118 min.)

Amaka, maintains a happy marriage, raises a 7-year-old daughter and runs her own successful business, yet her failure to produce a son for her husband makes her a target of derision among family, friends and neighbors (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 15, 9:40 p.m.,
Tue., March 18, 7 p.m.


Like Father, Like Son

(Soshite chichi ni naru)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda
(Japan, 2013, 121min.)

A successful businessman driven by money learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth and must make a life-changing decision to choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Wind Rises
(Kaze tachinu)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2013, 126 min.)

This animated film looks at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above

Directed by Chi Po-Lin
(Taiwan, 2013, 93 min.)

The beauty of Taiwan’s untouched areas contrasts with the ugliness of mountainsides eroded by development and large-scale farming, and of coastlines polluted by industry (EFF).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 23, 2 p.m.



Directed by Władysław Pasikowski
(Poland/Netherlands/Russia/Slovakia, 2013, 104 min.)

In this gripping thriller, two brothers who discover a terrible secret are forced to revise their perception of their father, their family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., March 4, 7:15 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Sat., March 8, 8:45 p.m.


Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
(Poland, 2013, 80 min.)

Anna, an 18-year-old sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when she first meets her only living relative, a Communist Party insider who shocks Anna with the declaration that her her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 1, 7:15 p.m.

The Man Who Made Angels Fly

Directed by Wiktoria Szymanska
(Poland/U.K./France, 2013, 68 min.)

Renowned puppeteer Michael Meschke and his family escaped from Nazi Germany to Sweden when he was a young boy, an experience that informed his philosophically rich marionette work (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC
Sat., March 1, 4:15 p.m.
Sun., March 2, 12:45 p.m.


The Great Kilapy
(O Grande Kilapy)

Directed by Zézé Gamboa
(Angola/Portugal/Brazil, 2012, 100 min.)

Set on the eve of Angola’s independence from Portugal, a charming, good-hearted playboy appears to slip into a life of crime to support his affluent lifestyle, becoming a subversive political figure persecuted by the Portuguese dictatorship (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 20, 7:30 p.m.



Directed by Sebastian Mez
(Germany, 2013, 84 min.)

Set in Russia’s south Ural region, this documentary examines what it’s like to live in an area with some of the largest amounts of radioactive contamination in the world (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 27, 7:30 p.m.


Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk
(Russia, 2013, 131 min.)

This IMAX 3D film vividly recreates a pivotal World War II battle in 1942, in which a few Soviet soldiers take refuge in a house to fend off the German army (Russian and German).

Area theaters


The Forgotten Kingdom

Directed by Andrew Mudge
(Lesotho/South Africa/U.S., 2013, 96 min.)

Atang leaves the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 14, 7:30 p.m.


Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Directed by Walter Ruttmann

(Germany, 1927, 72 min.)

Using visual impressions in a semi-documentary style, this silent film portrays Berlin in the early part of the 20th century (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 22, 5:30 p.m.


Directed by Fritz Lang
(Germany, 1927, 153 min.)

The futuristic city of Metropolis is sharply divided between the working class and the city planners in this sci-fi epic (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 28, 7:30 p.m.,
Sun., March 30, 2 p.m.


Calle Lopez

Directed by Gerardo Barroso Alcalá and Lisa Tillinger
(Mexico, 2013, 80 min.)

Two photographers capture the bustling cauldron of everyday life in Calle López, a busy neighborhood in downtown Mexico City (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 30, 7:30 p.m.

My German Friend

Directed by Jeanine Meerapfel
(Germany/Argentina, 2013, 110 min.)

In the late 1950s, the daughter of German-Jewish immigrants strikes up a casual friendship with her neighbor, the son of a senior SS officer, in a quiet, affluent section of Buenos Aires (WJFF; Spanish and German).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 2, 5:45 p.m.
Sat., March 8, 8:45 p.m.

Stop! Rodando El Cambio

Directed by Alba González de Molina Soler and Blanca Ordóñez de Tena
(Spain, 2014, 70 min.)

A road trip takes us along the Spanish countryside and into Portugal and France, making stops along the way to meet individuals and collectives that have chosen to live a simpler life (EFF).

American University
Fri., March 28, 6:45 p.m.


Something Necessary

Directed by Judy Kibinge
(Kenya/Germany, 2013, 85 min.)

Anne struggles to rebuild her life after Kenya’s civil unrest killed her husband and left her isolated farm in ruins, while a troubled young gang member who took part in the violence is drawn to her, in search of connection and redemption (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 15, 5 p.m.



Directed by Thomas Rickenmann
(Switzerland, 2013, 100 min.)

Every year, Swiss farmers embark on an exciting venture — the cattle drive up to the alpine pastures (EFF).

The Embassy of Switzerland
Wed., March 19, 7 p.m.


Polluting Paradise (Garbage in the Garden of Eden)

Directed by Fatih Akin
(Germany, 2012, 98 min.)

This compelling tale of bureaucratic arrogance and false promises is an account of environmental devastation inflicted on the once-lovely seaside town of Çamburnu, Turkey (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 23, 8:30 p.m.



Directed by Joseph Green and Konrad Tom

(Poland/U.S., 1938, 97 min.)

Set in Lodz, this musical comedy embraces the diverse gamut of interwar Jewish life in Poland, with its no-goodniks and the unemployed, nightclubs and gangsters, and religious Jews celebrating Sukkot (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC
Sun., March 2, 5 p.m.
JCC of Greater Washington
Sun., March 9, 1 p.m.


Events - March 2014

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March 1 to Aug. 31

Made in the USA: American Masters from The Phillips Collection, 1850–1970

Following an acclaimed four-year world tour, the Phillips’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum to tell the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century, when it became a significant global force after World War II.

The Phillips Collection

Through March 2

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections 

In the first exhibition devoted to Byzantine art at the National Gallery, some 170 rare and important works, drawn exclusively from Greek collections, offer a fascinating glimpse of the soul and splendor of the mysterious Byzantine Empire.

National Gallery of Art 

Through March 2

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nearly 100 works in all media by 72 leading modern and contemporary artists present the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Through March 2

What’s Up: New Technologies in Art

Instructive, inventive, evocative and evolving: Tech innovation is revolutionizing the art world, and this amazing exhibit puts some of the most provocative new media on display, including that of Austrian artist Waltraut Cooper, who studied mathematics and theoretical physics and whose work explores light, mathematics and color through fluorescent lights, neon and glass.

Mansion at Strathmore

March 2 to June 8

Garry Winogrand

A renowned photographer of New York City and American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s, Garry Winogrand worked with dazzling energy and a voracious appetite. In the first retrospective of his work in 25 years, some 180 photographs in the exhibition and more than 350 in the accompanying catalogue will reveal for the first time the full breadth of Winogrand’s art. 

National Gallery of Art

March 6 to April 25

gute aussichten: new german photography 2013-2014

An espresso machine drowning in its own coffee, people scarred by their existence on the margins of society or staged in such absurd poses that the viewer is left startled and puzzled. Now in its tenth year,gute aussichten 2013/2014 presents a range of surprisingly diverse ideas, reflections and photography that not only depicts the current status quo but also inspires.


Through March 8

Latvian Artists: Riga and World Cities. Live Paintings

Contemporary paintings and large-scale works by Aleksejs Naumovs and Kristaps Zarins, rector and vice-rector of the Latvian Academy of Art, capture cities such as Riga, Washington, D.C., New York, Paris, Venice and Peking, where the artists worked outdoors, without letting unexpected weather stop them, to paint directly onto the canvas without sketches. The exhibition is organized as part of the program “Riga 2014: Cultural Capital of Europe” and is open Fridays and Saturdays; for information, visit

Embassy of Latvia Art Space

March 8 to Sept. 14

Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

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

Freer Gallery of Art

Through March 9

Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd

Los Angeles artist Alex Prager’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States debuts her latest series — elaborately staged crowd scenes, both poignant and revelatory — alongside earlier photographs and video works.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through March 16

The Dying Gaul: An Ancient Roman Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome

Created in the first or second century AD, the “Dying Gaul” is one of the most renowned works from antiquity. This exhibition marks the first time it has left Italy since 1797, when Napoleonic forces took the sculpture to Paris, where it was displayed at the Louvre until its return to Rome in 1816.

National Gallery of Art

Through March 16

Transforming Cityscapes

On display are the winning entries of the 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial (IAUB), which focuses on lifetime achievements, outstanding works of architecture, publications, research projects and ideas presented by architects and architecture students.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through March 21

Bridging the Gap

This new group exhibition highlights three promising Korean women artists exploring issues of Korean identity, ties to ones mother country and the diversity of immigrant experiences in New York City

Korean Cultural Center 

Through March 23

S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom

As part of the SPAIN arts & culture program (, “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 Ambassador’s Residence

Through March 23

Tapas. Spanish Design for Food

Spain arts & culture showcases the Spanish chefs, including D.C.’s own chef José Andrés, as well as designers, architects, wineries and restaurants that pioneered the popular tapas movement, reflecting on the last 25 years of Spain’s avant-garde experimental blending of design and food.

Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence

March 24 to 28

New Media Exhibit: Because Human Beings Can Be Expected to Face Reality

Until now we have celebrated the achievements and advantages of new media without reservation. But step by step new media is changing people’s reality toward the unreal shadows of Plato’s “Cave Allegory.” In this interactive installation, artists read the “Cave Allegory” for eight hours and discuss the surprisingly up-to-date critique of media and man.

Embassy of Austria

March 29 to July 27

Kiyochika: Master of the Night

On Sept. 3, 1868, the city called Edo ceased to exist. Renamed Tokyo by Japan’s new rulers, the city became the primary experiment in a national drive toward modernization. Kobayashi Kiyochika, a self-trained artist, set out to record his views of Tokyo in an ambitious and auspicious series of 100 prints. 

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through April 13

Judy Chicago: Circa ’75

The iconic body of work from the 1970s by Judy Chicago demonstrates the prominent feminist artist’s firm belief in the power of art to redress gender inequalities.

National Museum of Women in the Arts 

Through April 27

Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts

Over time, quilts have been revered as nostalgic emblems of the past, dismissed as women’s work, and hailed as examples of American ingenuity. This exhibition breaks new ground by examining quilts through the lens of contemporary feminist theory. 

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through May 4

In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and ’60s, but with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images — as seen in this exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through May 17

Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera’s Mural at Rockefeller Center

This exposition centers around the mural that Mexican artist Diego Rivera painted in New York City, reconstructing its history with unedited material, including reproduced letters, telegrams, contracts, sketches, and documents, following Rivera's commission, subsequent tension and conflict, and finally, the mural’s destruction.  

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through May 26

Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950

The first in-depth exploration of the theme of destruction in international contemporary visual culture, this groundbreaking exhibition includes works by a diverse range of international artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation and performance.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through 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 June 15

Gravity’s Edge

One of a series of exhibitions drawn from the collection of the Hirshhorn in celebration of the museum’s 40th anniversary, “Gravity’s Edge” offers an expanded view of Color Field painting, which spanned from 1959 to 1978.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 

Through June 15

Shakespeare’s the Thing

Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this exhibition presents a miscellany of treasures in the Folger collection from Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio to modern fine art prints, revealing the Bard’s influence on performance, adaptation, scholarship, printing, fine art and even in mild obsession. 

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through June 21

Light Touch

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP), features the work of five artists who explore aspects of the physical world through the lens of light as both a medium and a resource of value to our natural environment. 

BWI Airport

Through June 29

Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

Ruth Kainen’s love of German expressionism, first displayed at the gallery in the 1985 exhibition “German Expressionist Prints from the Collection of Ruth and Jacob Kainen,” will be celebrated with 123 works recently donated to the gallery through her bequest, as well as with a few of her earlier gifts.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 13

Dancing the Dream

From the late 19th century to today, dance has captured this nation’s culture in motion, as seen in photos that showcase generations of performers, choreographers and impresarios. 

National Portrait Gallery

Through July 27

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

“Chigusa” tells the story of a 700-year-old ordinary tea jar that rose to become one of the most famous and revered objects in the Japanese “art of tea” — so much so that it was granted a name, luxurious accessories and a devoted following.  

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Aug. 24

Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon

“Africa ReViewed” showcases the African photography of celebrated Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon and explores the intricate relationships between his photographic archives and art collection at the National Museum of African Art. Elisofon's images had a huge impact in framing America's perceptions of Africa and its diverse cultures during the 20th century.

National Museum of African Art

Through Sept. 21

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

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

The Anacostia Community Museum


March 4 to 19

Flamenco Festival 2014

This popular annual festival includes a Gala Flamenco featuring flamenco’s greatest stars (March 4), Eva Yerbabuena (March 7), the Tomatito Sextet (March 18) and Estrella Morente (March 19 at the Music Center at Strathmore). Tickets are $35 to $65.

GW Lisner Auditorium

March 5 to 9

British Invasion: The Beatles & the Rolling Stones

When the Beatles and Rolling Stones invaded America back in the 1960s, rock ‘n’ roll changed forever. The Washington Ballet relives this revolution in Trey McIntyre’s “A Day in the Life, an energetic, emotional journey set to classic Beatles tunes, while Christopher Bruce’s highly acclaimed rock ballet “Rooster” is the penultimate “battle of the sexes.” Tickets are $25 to $125.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

March 5 to 26, 7 p.m.

Tango Lessons

Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Embassy of Argentina invites guests to immerse themselves in the world of tango with four lessons for beginners under the instruction of Jorge Pereyra. Admission is free but space is limited; RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Embassy of Argentina


Tue., March 4, 12 p.m.

Freedom – What Is Our Role? Selfless Acts and the World Stage

The Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presents this seminar with Czech Deputy Chief of Mission Jaroslav Zajíček that includes a short documentary, with a statement from former Czech President Václav Havel talking about the self-sacrifice Jan Palach. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Palach’s dramatic self-immolation, which took place in 1969 in protest of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Zajíček explores what we can learn from such acts of bravery and selflessness.

Georgetown University Copley Lounge

Thu., March 6, 6:45 p.m.

Liguria: Paradise Found

Fred Plotkin, an expert on Italy, takes you on a virtual tour of the region known for its combination of natural beauty, exquisite cuisine and the character of its citizens, who are distinct even in a nation as full of strong personalities as Italy. Tickets are $42; for information, visit 

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., March 6, 6:30 p.m.

New Fiction in Chile: The Next Generation

Georgetown University scholar Roberto Brodsky moderates a discussion with Alejandro Zambra and Carlos Labbé, selected as among the 22 best young Spanish novelists by Granta Magazine (in Spanish).

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Sat., March 8, 3 p.m.

Celebration of the 164th Anniversary of the Birth of Tomas G. Masaryk

The Embassies of the Slovak and Czech Republics invite you to an afternoon of celebrations honoring Tomas G. Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia. The event will include the lecture “Milan Getting, an American Slovak who aided Tomas G. Masaryk in the Czechoslovak Liberation,” presented by Marcia Sutherland, Milan Getting’s granddaughter. Tenor Reginald Bouknight will also perform Czech and Slovak arias at the event, which concludes with Masaryk’s favorite Czech and Slovak songs performed by children from the Slavic-American Sokol School.

Embassy of the Slovak Republic

Wed., March 12, 6:45 p.m.

The First Ladies Exhibition: Changing Fashions, Changing Roles

Curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy talks about The First Ladies” exhibit, which explores the unofficial but important position of the first lady and the ways that different women have shaped the role to make their own contributions to administrations and the nation. Tickets are $42; for information, visit

National Museum of American History

Wed., March 19, 6:45 p.m.

Spain’s Architectural Splendors

Cultural crosscurrents and a distinctive creative spirit have marked Spanish architecture as one of the boldest in Europe—and its masterworks provide a vivid glimpse of its varied past. Tickets are $42; for information, visit

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., March 20, 6:45 p.m.

Crossroads and Connections: Exploring Britain's Channel Islands

Located off the north coast of France, the Channel Islands seem at first glance almost inexplicably British. Historian Cassandra Potts Hannahs examines the islands’ identification with Britain, despite their predominantly Gallic roots, within patterns of longer-term social and geopolitical dynamics. Tickets are $42; for information, visit

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., March 26, 5 p.m.

Youth for Human Rights International's 11th Annual World Education Tour Launch

The Youth for Human Rights International's 11th annual World Education Tour launches in D.C. before its visits Mexico, Dominica, Britain, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Taiwan, where the group will host human rights summits, meet with dignitaries and catalyze youth to become human rights advocates. The D.C. launch celebration will feature actress Marisol Nichols and a presentation of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award to six outstanding youth from across the United States, culminating in the 2014 Human Rights Hero Awards, whose recipients have reduced bullying in Texas schools and used art to combat the sex trafficking of inner-city youth. To RSVP, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (202) 270-3935.

Rayburn House Office Building Room B-369


March 1 to April 15

The Francophonie Cultural Festival 2014

Fri., March 21, 7 p.m.

The popular annual Francophonie Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of the French language and francophone communities around the world through a series of cultural events and outreach programs presented every spring in the capital region. The festival kicks off with La Grande Fête de la Francophonie on March 21, an invitation to travel the continents of the world in one night. Each year, more than 35 embassies unite to present their culture and cuisine, accompanied by music from the French-speaking world. This year’s featured artists include Benin’s Jomion and the Uklos and France’s post-punk, cold wave, electro, surf rockers La Femme. Tickets to Le Grande Fête are $40. For information, visit or

Embassy of France


Sun., March 2, 5 p.m.

The Essential Verdi

The Washington Chorus marks the 200th anniversary of Guiseppe Verdi’s birth by partnering with the Italian Embassy for a weeklong celebration of Italy’s treasured composer, whose works transcend the boundaries of genre and have taken root in popular culture. Music director Julian Wachner leads a 200-voice chorus together with a full symphony orchestra and seven outstanding soloists in a concert of Verdi favorites from his most popular operas and choral masterworks, including highlights from “Aida,” “La Traviata,” “Rigoletto” and “Nabucco.” Tickets are $15 to $62.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Thu., March 6, 6:45 p.m.

Pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas

On the heels of releasing his new album, “Among Songs and Dances!,” celebrated Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas performs a repertoire featuring interpretations of European greats Bach, Schubert and Gluck, alongside classical and contemporary Mexican and Latin American composers. Admission is free; RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mexican Cultural Institute

Fri., March 7, 8 p.m.

Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge

Direct from Ireland, this thrilling ensemble intertwines beautiful ballads and striking choreography to form a vivid link with Celtic heritage. Please call for ticket information.

Music Center at Strathmore 

Fri., March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Minetti Quartet

The Minetti Quartet has collected a slew of important prizes since the ensemble formed in 2003, when it received the Haydn Award at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, followed by the International Rimbotti Competition for String Quartet in Florence and other awards. Tickets are $65, including reception; for information, visit 

Embassy of Austria

Sat., March 8, 8 p.m.,
Sun., March 9, 3 p.m.

Pianist Brian Ganz and the National Philharmonic

Pianist Brian Ganz and the National Philharmonic, under the direction of Guest Conductor Michał Dworzńyski, will honor Polish World War II hero, Jan Karski on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The concerts will feature the first Washington performance of the “Bajka (Fairytale) Overture” by Stanisław Moniuszko, generally considered the father of the Polish national opera, as well as Ganz’s interpretation of Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.” The recognition of Karski’s efforts to expose the Holocaust to the Allies will be led by Polish Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf. For tickets, visit

Music Center at Strathmore 

Fri., March 14, 7:30 p.m.

Emanuel Salvador, Violin
Ronaldo Rolim, Piano

Violinist Emanuel Salvador has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues around the world, from Germany to Mexico to Kazakhstan, and was called “one of the finest Portuguese violinists of his generation” by Strad Magazine. Tickets are $150, including buffet; for information, visit 

Portuguese Residence

Sat., March 15, 8 p.m.,
Sun., March 16, 4 p.m.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Celtic style with Leahy, a family band from Canada that explores their Irish and Scottish roots with a triple threat of fierce fiddle music, stellar step-dancing and spectacular singing. Tickets are $34 to $50.

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center 

Sun., March 16, 4 p.m.

The Chieftains

The Chieftains, six-time Grammy Award winners, have uncovered centuries of Irish song and made these traditional works their own through the inimitable style that has won them countless fans over the decades. Tickets are $30 to $60.

George Mason University Center for the Arts 

Sun., March 16, 3 p.m.

Escolania de Montserrat

The Escolania de Montserrat, Spain’s premier boys’ choir and one of the oldest music schools in Europe, performs an enchanting concert of music from Montserrat from the Middle Ages in its inaugural U.S. tour. Please call for ticket information.

Music Center at Strathmore

Tue., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Bertrand Chamayou in Concert

This performance by Bertrand Chamayou, a young, talented French pianist, is part of Chamayou's 2013-14 season, during which he debuts with the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester at the Berlin Philharmonie, with the NDR Sinfonie Orchester in Hamburg, and with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free but reservations are required; for information, visit

Embassy of France

Sat., March 22, 7:30 p.m.

Claudia Galli, Soprano
Gregory Moulin, Piano

Soprano Claudia Galli, who was born in Luxembourg to an Italian father and a Portuguese mother, is joined by pianist Gregory Moulin, originally from the Drôme region of France. Tickets are $110, including reception and valet parking; for information, visit 

Embassy of Luxembourg

Fri., March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Adrian Daurov, Cello
Di Wu, Piano

A native of St. Petersburg, Russian cellist Adrian Daurov is a New York-based, Juilliard-trained, award-winning cellist who has performed on major concert stages such as Carnegie Hall and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Tickets are $150, including buffet reception and valet parking; for information, visit 

Embassy of Russia


March 5 to April 13

Water by the Spoonful

An ex-Marine cares for his dying mom and tries to acclimate to civilian life, while online, four addicts cling to their chat room support group, struggling for another day sober. These lives collide as events small and large threaten their fragile stabilities. Tickets are $39 to $75.

The Studio Theatre

Through March 8

Washington National Opera: Moby-Dick

One man's obsession leaves a lethal wake of destruction in Jake Heggie's triumphant new opera of Melville's literary masterwork. Tickets are $25 to $305.

Kennedy Center Opera House 

Through March 9

La Señorita de Tacna (The Young Lady from Tacna)

A writer tried to recreate the grand romance of Mamaé, a 100 year-old spinster aunt who ended her engagement with a dashing Chilean captain when she was young. Tickets are $38 or $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through March 9

La Vida Que Me Das … y no me alcanza
(Such a Life You’ve Given Me … and it’s not enough)

This work tackles with humor the encounter of three women who examine maternity and sexuality, looking for the balance between their desires, their negative perceptions and pettiness. Tickets are $15 to $35.

Teatro de la Luna

Gunston Arts Center

Through March 9

Mother Courage and Her Children

Kathleen Turner returns to Arena to star as a tough-as-nails matriarch who profits off the very war that steals her children from her one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage 

Through March 9

Richard III

Explore Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and dig into the truth about this king’s real nature with this celebrated history play — staged, for the first time in Folger history, in an Elizabethan Theatre reconfigured to allow for a production “in the round.” Tickets are $39 to $72.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through March 9

We Are Proud to Present…

“We Are Proud to Present…” follows a group of idealistic actors — three black and three white — who come together to tell the little-known story of a centuries-old conflict in southwest Africa, recreating the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Tickets start at $35.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

March 12 to 30

Happily Ever After

In partnership with the Embassy of Spain, Ambassador Theater presents the world premiere of this play by Cristina Colmena, in which three couples of different ages, representing a lifetime of romantic struggles, are crippled by fears and insecurities and unable to find fulfillment in love. Tickets are $20 to $40.

Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

March 13 to April 6

Hamlet … the rest is silence

Synetic Theater remounts its original “silent Shakespeare” production, an iconic tale of a grief-stricken prince torn between duty, love, conscience and fear. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

March 14 and 15, 8 p.m.

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

A Salvadoran immigrant and former gang member is paroled from prison after he removes his gang tattoos – a cleansing of the skin in a hopeful effort to reunite his family and break a lifetime of violence. Tickets are $20.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through March 16

The Importance of Being Earnest

Keith Baxter returns to direct Oscar Wilde’s most perfect of plays — a comedy of class, courtship, and avoiding burdensome social conventions. Please call for ticket information. 

Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre

Through March 16


When Billy, who was born deaf into a garrulous academic family that raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world, meets Sylvia, who is going deaf herself, he decides it’s time to speak on his own terms — in the second offering of Studio’s yearlong New British Invasion Festival. Tickets are $39 to $75.

The Studio Theatre

March 18 to May 11

Tender Napalm

A pair of young lovers creates a fantastical, often violent world through an interweaving dialogue of increasing perplexity. At the heart of their fantasies lies an unimaginable tragedy that both bonds and breaks the two. Please call for ticket information. 

Signature Theatre

March 20 to 29

Washington National Opera: The Elixir of Love

Handsome Nemorino employs a “magical tonic” to win feisty Adina's affections in Donizetti’s loveable comic opera — a warm and inspired masterpiece cherished for its whimsical wit, endearing characters and intoxicating duets. Tickets are $25 to $300. 

Kennedy Center Opera House

March 21 to May 4

Camp David

Nestled in Catoctin Mountain Park lies the clandestine retreat known as Camp David, where for 13 tumultuous days, President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn host Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in an attempt to create the impossible: peace in the Middle East. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

March 25 to June 7

Henry IV, Part 1

A young prince must decide between tavern roughhousing and the burden of his father’s legacy in the coming-of-age story of heroism, corruption and war, directed by Shakespeare Theatre Artistic Director Michael Kahn and starring Stacy Keach. Tickets start at $20.

Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall

Through March 30


Based on the beloved book, “Beaches” follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter and sorrow. Please call for ticket information. 

Signature Theatre 


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