March 2020

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Cover Story

Croatia Assumes EU Presidency as Bloc
Navigates Brexit, Migration, Trump

For the first time, Croatia, the European Union's youngest member, has assumed the rotating presidency of the EU, where it will confront some of the toughest challenges bedeviling the bloc, from the Brexit divorce to controversies over migration and expansion to transatlantic trade wars and global security threats. Read More


Show Me the Money

Congress Giveth What the President
Keeps Trying to Taketh Away

Every year since coming into office, President Trump has proposed significant cuts in funding for the State Department and USAID. And every year, Congress has batted down those proposals. This latest budget is likely to be no different. Read More


OAS Rift

Almagro Enjoys U.S. Support for OAS
Post, but Faces Caribbean Opposition

This month, the 34 members of the Organization of American States will decide whether to re-elect Secretary-General Luis Almagro to another five-year term. A secret OAS election normally doesn't make headlines, but Almagro isn't any ordinary secretary-general. Read More


Yemen's Tragedy

Five Years of War, Yemen Still
Fighting Not to Be Forgotten

This month marks five years since Saudi Arabia and its partners launched a military intervention in Yemen after Houthi rebels took over the capital. Since then, the country has become a staging ground for one of the world's worst — and most overlooked — conflicts and humanitarian disasters. Read More


United Front

French, German Ambassadors Reflect
On Europe's Future Beyond 2020

Hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, German Ambassador Emily Haber and French Ambassador Philippe Étienne offered their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities before European nations in 2020 and beyond. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Palestinians Should
Counteroffer Trump's 'Deal'

They say diplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in a way that they look forward to the trip. That's exactly how the Palestinians should respond to President Trump's Middle East peace plan, bucking the mainstream consensus that the "deal of the century" is dead on arrival. Read More


Medical

U.S. Hospitals Brace for Coronavirus
Amid an Already Tough Flu Season

Hospitals are bracing for the potential spread of coronavirus in the United States, trying to plan for a potential onslaught of sick patients combined with potential supply shortages. Read More


 

   

Congress Giveth What the President Keeps Trying to Taketh Away

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By Anna Gawel

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Almagro Enjoys Backing of U.S. for Top OAS Post, but Faces Caribbean Opposition

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By Larry Luxner

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Five Years After Saudi-Led Intervention, Yemen Remains Mired in Suffering and Stalemate

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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Croatia Assumes EU Presidency as Bloc Navigates Brexit, Migration, Tensions with Trump

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By Deryl Davis

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French, German Ambassadors Reflect on What Europe’s Future Will Look Like

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By Deryl Davis

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Op-Ed: Palestinians Should Present Counteroffer to Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

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By Bishara A. Bahbah

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Hospitals Brace for Potential Spread of Virus in U.S. Amid Tough Flu Season

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By Dennis Thompson

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Earth Is ‘Alive! Awake! (and Possibly Really Angry!)’ in Climate Change-Focused Exhibit

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Husband of Icelandic Ambassador Becomes Career Chameleon for His Wife

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By Gail Scott

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‘Mind-Building’ Shows How Libraries Hold a Special Place in Finland’s Past and Future

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By Anna Gawel and Diana Oxner

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Former Filipino Politician Uses Paint to Express Both His Disillusionment and Optimism

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By Anna Gawel and Kate Oczypok

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In an Isolated Farmhouse, Liberal Angst over Trump’s America Explodes in ‘Shipwreck’

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By Jason Overdorf

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Films - March 2020

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By Cari

Languages

Amharic

Georgian

Korean

Turkish


Arabic

German

Mandarin

Xhousa


English

Icelandic

Polish

French

Japanese

Spanish

*EFF = Environmental Film Festival
**NAFF = New African Film Festival

 

Amharic

Anbessa
Directed by Mo Scarpelli
(Ethiopia/Italy/U.S., 2019, 85 min.)

Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have already been displaced from their homestead to the outskirts of sprawling capital Addis Ababa, and it seems looming cranes are closing in on them again. With little to do, Asalif scavenges wires and bulbs from sprawling construction sites to literally keep the lights on in their makeshift house. Pushed around by new kids in the neighborhood, the sensitive child retreats into his imagination — the only place where he can rage like a lion against the forces he can't control (NAFF and EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 16, 7:15 p.m.

 

Arabic

Abou Leila
Directed by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
(Algeria/France/Qatar, 2019, 135 min.)

In 1994, amid the turmoil of the Algerian civil war, childhood friends and police officers S. and Lotfi embark on an odyssey through the desert in the north of the country as they search for an elusive terrorist named Abou Leila (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 8, 7:15 p.m.

Khartoum Offside
Directed by Marwa Zein
(Sudan/Denmark, 2019, 75 min.)

Sara is a remarkable and entrepreneurial young Sudanese woman whose dream is to have a soccer team that will one day compete in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Joined by her teammates, their love of sports, strong bond and street smarts challenge the standards and stereotypical perceptions of their country (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 7, 1 p.m.,
Tue., March 10, 5:30 p.m.

The Unknown Saint

Directed by Alaa Eddine Aljem
(Morocco/France/Qatar, 2019, 100 min.)

When a recently released bandit returns to the place he buried the stolen loot, he is surprised to find a new shrine — that of the "Unknown Saint" — perched atop his once-ingenious hiding place. In the years since his arrest, a bustling village has grown next to the much-visited holy site, which is now a valuable tourist attraction relentlessly guarded by an array of quirky locals and a beloved guard dog (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 12, 7:30 p.m.,
Sat., March 14, 9:15 p.m.

 

English

2 Weeks in Lagos
Directed by Kathryn Fasegha
(Nigeria, 2019, color, 115 min.)

Ejikeme, an investment banker, comes home from the United States to invest in Nigerian businesses and falls in love with his partner's sister Lola. But Ejikeme and Lola first must contend with the political ambitions of Ejikeme's mother, who has arranged a marriage between him and the daughter of a powerful politician who is considering Ejikeme's father as his running mate for the Nigerian presidency (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 7, 7:15 p.m.,
Tue., March 10, 9:15 p.m.

1917
Directed by Sam Mendes
(U.K./U.S., 2020, 119 min.)

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap (English, French and German).

Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

The Assistant
Directed by Kitty Green
(U.S., 2020, 85 min.)

In this searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive, as Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

Atlantics
Directed by Mati Diop
(France/Senegal/Belgium, 2019, 104 min._

Set in Dakar, Senegal, this supernatural romantic drama ostensibly centers on a secret, star-crossed romance between the newly betrothed Ada and construction worker Souleiman. When Souleiman and his coworkers head out to sea in hopes of finding a better life in Spain, Ada and the other women left behind mourn the men's absence. After a mysterious arson attempt on Ada's wedding day, however, a young investigator becomes convinced that Souleiman has returned and is somehow responsible (English, Wolof, French and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
March 21 to 25

The Banker
Directed by George Nolfi
(U.S., 2020, 120 min.)

In the 1960s two African American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War
Directed by Kerry David
(U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

The complex world of wildlife trafficking is viewed through a feminine lens in this thorough exploration of the emotional toll that poaching and wildlife crime are having on the courageous women fighting on the front lines (EFF).

National Zoo
Sat., March 14, 1 p.m.

The Burnt Orange Heresy
Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
(U.K./Italy, 2020, 99 min.)

Hired to steal a rare painting from one of most enigmatic painters of all time, an ambitious art dealer becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 13

Caméra d'Afrique
Directed by Férid Boughedir
(Tunisia/France, 1983, 95 min.)

This new 2K restoration of Tunisian director Férid Boughedir's landmark survey of African cinema features rare footage and in-depth interviews with pioneering African filmmakers and demonstrates how, despite a lack of funds and support, these filmmakers overcame many obstacles to bring inspiring African stories to the screen (NAFF; English and French).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 19, 7 p.m.

Camille
Directed by Boris Lojkine
(France, 2019, 92 min.)

In a rare look at the Central African Republic on film, Boris Lojkine explores the last months in the life of French photojournalist Camille Lepage, who was killed in 2014 at age 26 while covering the country's ongoing civil war (NAFF; English, French and Sango).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 14, 5 p.m.,
Mon., March 16, 5:15 p.m.

The Cave
Directed by Feras Fayyad
(Syria/Denmark/Germany/Qatar/U.S., 2019, 107 min.)

Under the war-torn streets of Ghouta, Syria, is a hospital known as "The Cave," where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her female colleagues attend to countless wounded civilians and victims of battle (English and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 2, 7:20 p.m.,
Wed., March 4, 7:20 p.m.

Current Sea
Directed by Christopher Smith
(U.S./Malaysia/Cambodia, 2020, 87 min.)

This environmental thriller follows investigative journalist Matt Blomberg and ocean activist Paul Ferber in their dangerous efforts to create a marine conservation area and combat the relentless tide of illegal fishing. Along the way a new generation of Cambodian environmentalists are inspired to create a better life for their people (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Sun., March 15, 7 p.m.

Dying for Gold
Directed by Catherine Meyburgh
(South Africa/Lesotho/Mozambique/Swaziland, 2018, 98 min.)

In 2004, in the biggest class-action lawsuit the country had ever seen, South Africa's largest gold mining companies were accused of knowingly exposing miners to deadly dust and disease. Through a rich archive of footage from the colonial and Apartheid eras and intimate interviews with miners and their families, this film tells the untold story of the making of South Africa (NAFF; English, Xhosa and Southern Sotho).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 15, 9:30 p.m.

Earth
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
(Austria, 2019, 115 min.)

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans — with shovels, excavators, or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people in mines, in quarries, and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Tue., March 17, 7 p.m.

Embassy of Austria
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.

Edo Avant Garde
Directed by Linda Hoaglund
(U.S./Japan, 2019, 83 min.)

Partly filmed in the Sackler Gallery, Linda Hoaglund's documentary reveals the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603-1868) played in setting the stage for the "modern art" movement in the West.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 20, 7 p.m.

Emma
Directed by Autumn de Wilde
(U.K., 2020)

Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Etched in Bone
Directed by Béatrice Bijon
(Australia, 2018, 73 min.)

Jacob Nayinggul, an Aboriginal elder from Australia, knows that bones of his ancestors were stolen by scientists in 1948. For 60 years, they were held by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. When the Smithsonian finally agrees to repatriate the bones, Nayinggul creates a new form of ceremony (EFF).

National Museum of Natural History
Sat., March 14, 4 p.m.

Everything Must Fall
Directed by Rehad Desai
(South Africa, 2018, 85 min.)

When South Africa's universities raised their fees in 2015, a wave of students took to the streets in opposition. Quickly gaining momentum and scope, the battle cry #FeesMustFall burst onto the political landscape and became a national conversation, bringing attention to the exclusion of poorer black South Africans from higher education (NAFF; English and Zulu).

AFI Silver Theatre
March 7 to 12

First Cow
Directed by Kelly Reichardt
(U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

A loner cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon territory, although he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant. The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner's prized milking cow.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 13

Freedom Fields
Directed by Naziha Arebi
(Multiple countries, 2018, 97 min.)

British-Libyan filmmaker Naziha Arebi's debut documentary offers an intimate look at post-revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female soccer team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society (NAFF; English and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., March 17, 7:10 p.m.

The Great Green Wall
Directed by Jared P. Scott
(U.K., 2019, 90 min.)

Malian musician Inna Modja takes us on an epic journey along Africa's Great Green Wall — an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000-kilometer "wall" of trees stretching across the entire continent to fight back against climate change (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Sat., March 14, 7 p.m.

Greed
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
(U.K., 2020, 104 min.)

In this satire on the gross inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, a self-made British billionaire finds his retail empire is in crisis after a damaging public inquiry tarnishes his image. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

The Hidden Kingdoms of China
Directed by Emma Fraser
(U.K., 2020, 88 min.)

China is the world's most populated country with more than 1.4 billion people inhabiting its vast and extreme wild lands alongside creatures seen nowhere else in the world. Some of its secrets are still undiscovered...until now (EFF).

The Avalon Theatre
Sat., March 21, 10 a.m.

Hope Gap
Directed by William Nicholson
(U.K., 2020, 101 min.)

Grace (Annette Bening) is shocked to learn her husband (Bill Nighy) is leaving her for another after 29 years of marriage, which causes an ensuing emotional fallout on their only grown son. Unraveled and feeling displaced in her small seaside town, Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

The Invisible Man
Directed by Leigh Whannell
(Australia/U.S., 2020, 124 min.)

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Jojo Rabbit
Directed by Taika Waititi
(Germany/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

Kifaru
Directed by David Hambridge
(U.S., 2019, 79 min.)

Two young Kenyan rangers knowingly take on the hopeless mission of caring for the world's last male northern white rhino as they commit to provide care, comfort and compassion for a creature living on borrowed time (EFF).

National Geographic
Fri., March 20, 7 p.m.

Knives Out
Directed by Rian Johnson
(U.S., 2019, 130 min.)

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate (English and Spanish).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Last Tree
Directed by Shola Amoo
(Nigeria, 2019, 98 min.)

A British boy of Nigerian heritage enjoys a happy childhood in Lincolnshire, where he is raised by a doting foster mother and surrounded by a tight-knit group of friends — until his real mom reclaims him and deposits him into a much different life in her small, inner-London flat (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 13, 5:25 p.m.,
Wed., March 18, 5:15 p.m.

Little Women
Directed by Greta Gerwig
(U.S., 2019, 134 min.)

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Lost Warrior
Directed by Nasib Farah, Søren Steen Jespersen
(Denmark/Sweden, 2018, 81 min.)

Mohammed grew up in England, but was deported at age 19 to Somalia, where he was radicalized and recruited by al-Shabab. After witnessing the damage the terror organization was wreaking on innocent civilians, Mohammed defects and marries Fathi. When Fathi returns to her native London and discovers she's pregnant, the couple must navigate global politics and personal relationships to build a better future for their son (NAFF; English and Somali).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 18, 7:20 p.m.

Ordinary Love
Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn
(U.K., 2020, 92 min.)

Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship that only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love that expresses itself through tenderness and humor in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Pariah Dog
Directed by Jessie Alk
(U.S., 2019, 77 min.)

This lyrical, kaleidoscopic picture of the city of Kolkata, India, is seen through the prism of four outsiders and the neglected street dogs they love (EFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., March 14, 9:30 p.m.

Mulan
Directed by Niki Caro
(U.S., 2020)

A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father in this live-action feature film based on Disney's "Mulan."

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., March 27

Premature
Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green
(U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

Set against the backdrop of a changing Harlem landscape, when 17-year-old Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah, her entire world is turned upside down on her path toward self-discovery as she travails the rigorous terrain of young love the summer before she leaves for college.

West End Cinema

A Reindeer's Journey
Directed by Guillaume Maidatchevsky
(France/Finland, 2018, 86 min.)

Vulnerable newborn reindeer Ailo must overcome the challenges that stand in the way of his first year of life in the stunning landscapes of Lapland (EFF; English and Finnish).

Embassy of Finland
Sat., March 21, 3 p.m.

The Roads Not Taken
Directed by Sally Potter
(U.K./U.S./Sweden, 2020, 85 min.)

This film follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning), as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 20

Sea of Shadows
Directed by Richard Ladkani
(Austria, 2019, 104 min.)

When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region.

"Sea of Shadows" follows a team of scientists, conservationists, investigative journalists, and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican navy as they put their lives on the line to save the marine life and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.,
Sun., March 22, 4 p.m.

Seberg
Directed by Benedict Andrews
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Inspired by real events, in the late 1960s, Hoover's FBI targets and harasses French New Wave icon Jean Seberg because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal, among others (English and French).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sorry We Missed You
Directed by Ken Loach
(U.K./France/Belgium, 2020, 101 min.)

Hoping that self-employment through the gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up U.K. delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labor exploitation.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., March 27

The Story of Plastic
Directed by Deia Schlosberg
(U.S., 2019, 93 min.)

Unlike any other plastic documentary you've seen, "The Story Of Plastic" presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson Center
Fri., March 20, 12 p.m.

Talking About Trees
Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari
(Sudan/France/Chad/Germany/Qatar, 2019, 93 min.)

Four retired Sudanese filmmakers attempt to revive movie-going in a country where the oppressive regime has all but wiped out national film history and culture (NAFF; English, Arabic and Russian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., March 10, 7:15 p.m.

Under Thin Ice
Directed by Denis Blaquiere
(Canada, 2019, 88 min.)

This film chronicles an extraordinary expedition undertaken by Canadian extreme divers and cinematographers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr as they dive with belugas and narwhals in the open Arctic Ocean (EFF).

Embassy of Canada
Wed., March 18, 3 p.m.

Vote for Kibera
Directed by Martin Páv
(Czech Republic, 2018, 90 min.)

This powerful documentary, set in one of Africa's largest slums against the backdrop of Kenya's 2017 presidential elections, follows Don Wilson, a photographer who lives in the Kibera district of Nairobi and aims to show the world aspects of his home that transcend images of trash mountains and crime (NAFF; English and Swahili).

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

Wendy
Directed by Benh Zeitlin
(U.S., 2020, 112 min.)

In this wildly reimagined classic story of Peter Pan, Wendy — lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued — must fight to save her family, her freedom and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

 

French

Barkomo
Directed by Aboubacar Bablé Draba
(Mali, 2019, 76 min.)

Set in the 17th century in a small cave-dwelling village in northeastern Mali, this film follows Yamio, a woman who, unable to conceive after 10 years of marriage and shamed by the fertility of her husband's second wife, throws herself off a cliff. When she miraculously lands without suffering any harm, she she discovers that she is pregnant with a miracle child and has the chance to change the fortunes of everyone around her (NAFF; French and Dogon).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 7, 2:45 p.m.

Le Bonheur
Directed by Agnès Varda
(France, 1965, 80 min.)

Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, young husband and father François finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 27 to 31

Cléo from 5 to 7
Directed by Agnès Varda
(France/Italy, 1962, 90 min.)

Pop chanteuse Cléo, awaiting the results of a medical examination and convinced she is going to die, spends two hours wandering the streets of Paris, her mood swinging from melancholic to merry as she is strangely enlivened by her existential quandary.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 20 to 26

Desrances
Directed by Apolline Traoré
(Burkina Faso, 2019, 95 min.)

Francis resettles in the Ivory Coast after the brutal massacre of his family in Haiti. Years later, Francis, his wife Aissey and 12-year-old daughter Haila await the birth of a son, who to Francis's excitement and Haila's irritation is immediately regarded as the worthy heir to the Desrances name (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 13, 7:30 p.m.,
Tue., March 17, 9:20 p.m.

Dhalinyaro
Directed by Lula Ali Ismaïl
(Djibouti, 2019, 85 min.)

Djibouti's first feature film is an exuberant portrait of the day-to-day lives of three 18-year-old women as they stand at a crossroads in their lives (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 14, 11:30 a.m.

Flesh Out
Directed by Michela Occhipinti
(Mauritania/Italy, 2019, 94 min.)

In keeping with the traditions of her Mauritanian home, the announcement of Verida's impending arranged marriage brings with it the beginning of gavage — the ritual of over-eating in order to attain a fuller figure more desirable to her future husband. But as the ritual's becomes increasingly all-consuming, Verida's resistance to the intense expectations of her culture grows (NAFF; French and Hassanya).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 8, 3:15 p.m.
Wed., March 11, 5:15 p.m.

Nifinofy
Directed by Michaël Andrianaly
(Madagascar/France, 2019, 73 min.)

When his high street salon in Madagascar is destroyed by the municipal authorities, hairdresser Romeo must search for a new space. He finds a ramshackle hut to use as a makeshift spot to maintain his business, but he still dreams of owning a salon, and he grows tired of waiting for things to change for the better (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 11, 7:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Nile
Directed by Ramata Sy
(Rwanda/France/Belgium, 2019, 93 min.)

This bewitching, visually lush adaptation recounts the coming of age of a group of schoolgirls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school in Rwanda. Set in 1973, the film takes inspiration from true events that would come to foreshadow the 1994 Rwandan genocide (NAFF; French and Kinyarwanda).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 15, 1 p.m.,
Tue., March 17, 5:15 p.m.

La Pointe Courte
Directed by Agnès Varda
(France, 1055, 86 min.)

The great Agnès Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 21 to 25

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Directed by Céline Sciamma
(France, 2020, 121 min.)

In 18th-century France, a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding (in French and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Truth
(La Vérité)
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
(France/Japan, 2020, 106 min.)

Fabienne is a star of French cinema. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris, where the reunion between mother and daughter quickly turns confrontational, as truths are told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed (French and English).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 27

Wine Calling
Directed by Bruno Sauvard
(France, 2018, 95 min.)

While there are more than 3,000 wine growers in France, less than 3% of them are working in bio, biodynamic or natural methods of wine production. For ethical reasons, this relatively small community of wine growers has chosen environmentally friendly farming practices aimed at finding the natural expression of terroir (EFF).

Embassy of France
Mon., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Georgian

And Then We Danced
Directed by Levan Akin
(Sweden/Georgia/France, 2020, 113 min.)

A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, this film follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli — gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak — throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

German

Balloon
Directed by Michael Herbig
(Germany, 2020, 125 min.)

This thriller is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War. In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi finds traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi gets closer and closer (German and English).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Icelandic

The Seer & The Unseen
Directed by Sara Dosa
(U.S./Iceland, 2019, 84 min.)

When the elves — invisible spirits of nature that over half of Icelanders believe in — enlist a grandmother to speak on behalf of nature under threat, she begins a journey to protect a lava field set to be razed by road construction — just one of the many needless projects in the wake of Iceland's financial meltdown in 2008 (EFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Mon., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Japanese

Inland Sea
(Minatomachi)
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
(Japan, 2018, 122 min.)

Forsaken by the era of modernization of post-war Japan, Ushimado — a small village in Seto Inland Sea, Japan — is rapidly aging and declining. This observational, black-and-white documentary poetically depicts the twilight days of a village and its people by the dreamlike Inland Sea (EFF).

Japan Information and Culture Center
Fri., March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Tokyo Drifter
Directed by Seijun Suzuki
(Japan, 1966, 82 min.)

In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu's attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., March 4, 2 p.m.

 

Korean

Memories of Murder
Directed by Bong Joon Ho
(South Korea, 2003, 132 min.)

Set against the political turbulence of the 1980s, this film traces the friction that develops between a pair of detectives — one a small-town investigator in over his head, the other a young hotshot from Seoul — as they try to catch a serial killer who is murdering women on rainy nights.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 28, 7:30 p.m.,
Thu., April 2, 7:45 p.m.

Parasite
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
(South Korea, 2019, 132 min.)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. But when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Mandarin

Ash Is Purest White
Directed by Jia Zhangke
(China/France/Japan, 2019, 136 min.)

When provincial gangster Bin is targeted by a rival gang, his tough-as-nails girlfriend Qiao defends him, firing a warning shot from his handgun. For that action, Qiao is sent to jail for five years. Once out, she goes in search of Bin, who has not once visited the woman to whom he owes his freedom.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 22, 8 p.m.,
Thu., March 26, 7:15 p.m.

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains
Directed by Gu Xiaogang
(China, 2019, 152 min.)

Struck by the immense changes that development brought both to the natural environment and to the people of his hometown of Fuyang, the director shot this film over the course of two years to capture the changing seasons in the same area that Huang Gongwang, a master artist in the Yuan dynasty, depicted in his painting "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" (EFF).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 15, 2 p.m.

The Hole
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
(Taiwan, 1998, 95 min.)

In the final days of 1999, a mysterious virus sweeps rain-soaked Taipei and turns people into human cockroaches. After a plumber leaves a hole in his apartment floor and never returns to fix it, a young man can see into the apartment of his neighbor. The musical numbers — the weirdest this side of David Lynch — eventually unite these two characters in a surreal fantasy of bliss.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 27, 7 p.m.

Vive L'Amour
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
(Taiwan, 1994, 118 min.)

Unbeknownst to one another, a harried real estate broker, her street vendor lover and an eccentric loner all use a vacant luxury apartment for their own secret purposes—until chance brings them together in an unexpected way.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.

What Time Is It There?
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
(Taiwan/France, 2001, 116 min.)

An assertive young woman, who is about to leave for Paris, convinces a watch seller to sell her the watch on his own wrist. Immediately smitten, he acts out his obsession with her by attempting to change every clock he sees to Paris time. Meanwhile, his grieving mother is troubled by the idea that her dead husband might be reincarnated in another time zone in this metaphysical comedy (Mandarin, French and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 29, 2 p.m.

 

Polish

Corpus Christi
(Boze Cialo)
Directed by Jan Komasa
(Poland, 2019, 115 min.)

Twenty-year-old is a juvenile delinquent released from prison to go to a job in a small town. When Daniel arrives one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town's new priest, a vocation he was drawn. Embracing the deception, Daniel starts out faking it, but soon his passion and charisma have a moral impact on the community. At the same time, his unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk — even more so as he edges toward a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

The Wind: A Documentary Thriller
Directed by Michal Bielawski
(Poland/Slovakia, 2019, 75 min.)

The halny wind comes in cycles, every spring and autumn. One never knows if or when it will turn into a destructive gale. Halny particularly affects the inhabitants of Zakopane, changing picturesque mountain trails into a set for an untamed performance of a human struggle against destructive forces of nature (EFF).

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Sun., March 15, 2 p.m.,
Sun., March 22, 2 p.m.

 

Spanish

The Cordillera of Dreams
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
(Chile/France, 2019, 85 min.)

Patricio Guzmán's "The Cordillera of Dreams" completes his trilogy investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma and geography in his native country of Chile (EFF).

National Geographic
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.

Isla de Plastico
(Plastic Island)
Directed by José Maria Cabral
(Dominican Republic, 2019, 85 min.)

This documentary exposes the reality of garbage, plastic and pollution in the Dominican Republic and Haiti (EFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.

Nómados
(Nomads)
Directed by Emiliano Ruprah
(Mexico, 2020, 81 min.)

Follow some of the world's most charismatic animals as they travel to and from Mexico across the span of a year (EFF).

American University
Mon., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Turkish

Honeyland
Directed Tamara Kotevska
(North Macedonia, 2019, 90 min.)

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova is the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city. But Hatidze's peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle (EFF; Turkish, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian and Bosnian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 18, 7:15 p.m.

 

Xhosa

Letters of Hope
Directed by Vusi Africa
(South Africa, 2019, 75 min.)

After his father is brutally killed in 1976 Apartheid-era South Africa, 16-year-old Jeremiah discovers that he had been delivering secret letters from freedom fighters in exile and prison on his rounds as a postman. When he learns that his father's last wish was for him to take over this work, Jeremiah — who dreams of joining the police force — faces an impossible choice (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 14, 7 p.m.

   

Events - March 2020

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ART

March 1 to July 5

Degas at the Opéra
An exuberant display of fecund imagination and keen observation, Edgar Degas's renowned images of the Paris Opéra are among the most sophisticated and visually compelling works he ever created. Celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Opéra's founding, "Degas at the Opéra" will present approximately 100 of the artist's best-known and beloved works in a range of media, including paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture.

National Gallery of Art

 

March 4 to 29

Marrakech Portraits by Steve Alderton
Steve Alderton's trip to Marrakech, taken about a year before his unexpected death last summer, inspired this series of portraits. While leaving a few pieces possibly unfinished or in the process of being altered, he left an opening for a dialogue as to when an artist feels their work to be complete. These paintings — some including vivid pastels, others layered in Warhol-like quadrants of color, and others quite still, half in shadow — share a haunted profundity.

Touchstone Gallery

 

March 6 to 26

True and False
This new group exhibition showcases vibrant and diverse multimedia installation works by three contemporary Korean artists who explore the blurring of truth in modern society. Tae Eun Kim, Su Hyun Nam and Ahree Song each place their work in the context of today's fast-paced, complex world, where clear distinctions between fiction and reality are increasingly lacking. As absolute notions such as true and false or possible and impossible become ever more obscure, advanced technology continues to overcome humanity's perceived limitations and our very ability to comprehend it.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Through March 8

Visual Memory: Home + Place
This mid-career survey of multimedia artists Scherezade García and Iliana Emilia García explores how each artist reflects upon constructed notions of human geography and history in a creative multidisciplinary approach. Generating a provocative and incisive rethinking about the possibilities of visual memory, they engage with timeless universal concerns about global migration, settlement and the spaces we occupy.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through March 15

Heroes & Losers: The Edification of Luis Lorenzana
Luis Lorenzana (b. 1979) is a self-taught Filipino artist whose background in politics has infused his work with a cynicism that belies his longing for a kinder, more equitable world. The exhibition thus touches on the themes of a desperate kind of selfless heroism — and the all-too familiar failure of a democratic political system. These are works that will have relevance to the current American landscape; indeed, to anywhere in the world.

American University Museum

 

Thorugh March 15

Landscape in an Eroded Field: Carol Barsha, Heather Theresa Clark, Artemis Herber
Depicting nature and the environment is one of the most ancient and elemental expressions of art. From cave painting to Dutch still lifes to social practice incorporating life forms, artists have always been attentive and responsive to the world around them. This exhibition spans landscape painting that takes no social or political stance to multimedia painting and sculpture but puts climate change at the center of its meaning.

American University Museum

 

March 28 to Aug. 2

Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection
Tomioka Tessai is a prime example of a modern Japanese painter. Contemporaries praised his works as being exceptionally modern, and they recognized parallels between Tessai's work and European postimpressionism. Paintings by Tomioka Tessai (1836–1924) were so esteemed that he was one of the first Japanese artists to have his works shown in the United States. "Meeting Tessai" is the first one held at a major museum in the United States in more than 50 years to explore the significance of pan-East Asian influences — a pertinent topic in today's interconnected world — through the work of Tessai and modern Japanese painting.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through April 19

Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits
Multimedia artist Delita Martin (b. 1972) makes large-scale prints onto which she draws, sews, collages and paints. Martin's meticulous, multilayered works create a powerful presence for her subjects: black women and men depicted on a monumental scale. Through her imagery, Martin forges a new iconography that is rooted in African tradition, personal recollections and physical materials.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through April 26

Dialog: Landscape and Abstraction – Freya Grand and AMA's Permanent Collection
This exhibition pairs important 20th-century abstract works by artists in the OAS Art Museum of the Americas's permanent collection with works by contemporary landscape painter Freya Grand. The pairings of Grand and artists living and working in the Americas (1960-73) convey a common dialogue through their shared forms, textures, symbols, color and composition. Here, Grand's immersive landscapes derived from her experiences in remote regions of Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands intermingle with those of such stalwarts of the OAS AMA's art collection as Maria Luisa Pacheco (Bolivia), Angel Hurtado (Venezuela) and Anibal Villacis (Ecuador).

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through April 30

A New Light: Canadian Women Artists
"A New Light" offers visitors a sneak preview of pieces by 27 renowned Canadian women artists that will then be showcased in various prominent locations within the embassy in D.C. The Embassy of Canada is proud to display over 180 art pieces by Canadian artists throughout its chancery. As part of a 2020 revision of its art plan, the embassy is incorporating these new works that illuminate Canada's diversity and showcase not only the diverse backgrounds of the artists, but also the various media with which they work.

Embassy of Canada

 

Through May 1

Liquid City and 41 Estaçõe
The Art Museum of the Americas presents the series "Liquid City" by Canadian photographer Frank Rodick and "41 Estações" by Brazilian photographer Luciano Siqueria. Based in Montreal, Rodick produced the 40 images of "Liquid City" in the 1990s in Montreal, Toronto, Tokyo, New York, Hamburg and Berlin. In these works, the city becomes a condition as opposed to a specific place — a theater of transience where he destabilizes the image by breaking down the boundaries between foreground, background and subject. In "41 Estações," Siqueria, a Brazilian sound designer and musician, uses his daily experiences in the Rio de Janeiro subway system to highlight the routines, promises and uncertainties of human displacement amid an urban landscape. Viewings are by appointment and can be made by calling (202)370-0151.

Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

 

Through May 1

Women: A Century of Change
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the U.S. constitutional amendment confirming women's right to vote, this powerful new exhibition and book from National Geographic showcases iconic women around the world. The exhibition's stunning photographs, drawn from National Geographic's unparalleled image collection, span nine decades and feature a myriad of countries.

National Geographic Museum

 

Through May 3

True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870
An integral part of art education in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, painting en plein air was a core practice for avant-garde artists in Europe. Intrepid artists — highly skilled at quickly capturing effects of light and atmosphere — made sometimes arduous journeys to paint their landscapes in person at breathtaking sites, ranging from the Baltic coast and Swiss Alps to the streets of Paris and ruins of Rome. Drawing on new scholarship, this exhibition of some 100 oil sketches made outdoors across Europe during that time includes several recently discovered works and explores issues such as attribution, chronology and technique.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 17

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
Women have been a predominant creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions, for centuries, have largely remained unrecognized and anonymous. In the first major thematic exhibition to explore the artistic contributions of Native women, "Hearts of Our People" celebrates the achievements of these Native women and establishes their rightful place in the art world.

Renwick Gallery

 

Through May 24

Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition
This exhibition presents works by African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries together with examples by the early 20th-century European artists with whom they engaged. European modernist art has been an important, yet complicated influence on black artists for more than a century. The powerful push and pull of this relationship constitutes a distinct tradition for many African American artists who have mined the narratives of art history, whether to find inspiration, mount a critique or claim their own space.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 24

Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See
"Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See" showcases an adventurous artist who greatly influenced the course of Washington art from his arrival from Detroit in 1930, at the age of 24, until his death in 1982 as an AU Professor Emeritus. He was a muralist, painter, printmaker, draftsman, and professor at the Phillips Gallery School and then American University for over 40 years.

American University Museum

 

Through May 24

Volkmar Wentzel
Volkmar Kurt Wentzel (b. Dresden, 1915-2006) arrived in Washington, D.C., in the early 1930s. When the Great Depression led to prohibitive housing costs in D.C., he moved to West Virginia to join a community with Robert Gates and several other artists who had become close friends. In 1937, back in Washington, purchased a new camera and began photographing the series "Washington by Night." First lady Eleanor Roosevelt, out for a stroll one evening, encountered Volkmar and purchased several of his pictures. Volkmar completed his Washington photographs and brought them to National Geographic. The event led to his 48-year photographic career as a National Geographic photographer.

American University Museum

 

Through May 25

Chiura Obata: American Modern
Chiura Obata (1885-1975) ranks among the most significant Japanese American cultural artists and figures of the 20th century. Best known for his majestic views of the American West, Obata brought a distinctive trans-Pacific style to the arts community of California as an artist and teacher. This major traveling retrospective presents the most comprehensive survey to date of his acclaimed and varied body of work, from bold landscape paintings of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park to intimate drawings of his experiences of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through May 25

Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
For the past 50 years, Graciela Iturbide has produced majestic, powerful and sometimes visceral photographs. She is considered one of the greatest contemporary photographers in Latin America. This monumental survey of photographs of Mexico spans Iturbide's career with images from 1969 through 2007. It encompasses compelling portrayals of indigenous and urban women, explorations of symbolism in nature and rituals, and haunting photographs of personal items left after the death of Frida Kahlo.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through June 7

Natural Beauties: Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems
For centuries, nature's most enduring materials, like malachite, jade, amethyst and lapis lazuli, have been carved, polished and mounted into beautiful works of art. Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was known for the incredible gems and jewelry that signaled her unparalleled taste, but the hardstone objects that make up a less well-known area of her connoisseurship are equally impressive and exquisite. This special exhibition is the first at Hillwood to focus on finely crafted objects that incorporate these exceptional stones and minerals.

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens

 

Through June 14

Raphael and His Circle
Raphael (1483-1520) was one of the greatest artistic figures working in the Western classical tradition. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of his death, the gallery presents 25 prints and drawings in an intimate installation that illustrates how the combination of artistic traditions, wide range and immediate influence of Raphael's art shaped the standard of aesthetic excellence for later artists.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 5

I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa
Taking its name from a 1970's feminist anthem, "I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa" draws upon a selection of artworks by women artists from the National Museum of African Art's permanent collection to reveal a more contemporary feminism that recognizes the contributions of women to the most pressing issues of their times. With experimental and sophisticated use of diverse media, the 27 featured artists offer insightful and visually stunning approaches to matters of community, faith, the environment, politics, colonial encounters, racism, identity and more.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through July 5

Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen
Over his lifetime, Lloyd Cotsen was known as many things: a philanthropist, the CEO of skin and hair care company Neutrogena and an accumulator of art. Though he was best known for his professional work, his personal legacy is the Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching and his world-renowned collections of textiles, basketry and folk art. This exhibit highlights the global spectrum of his interests, primarily through textile fragments and garments collected over a 60-year period.

The George Washington University Textile Museum

 

Through Sept. 7

Pat Steir: Color Wheel
The Hirshhorn will host the largest painting installation to date by the acclaimed abstract painter Pat Steir. The exhibition is an expansive new suite of paintings by the artist, spanning the entire perimeter of the Museum's second-floor inner-circle galleries, extending nearly 400 linear feet.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 13

Lee Ufan: Open Dimension
"Lee Ufan: Open Dimension" is an ambitious site-specific commission by the celebrated Korean artist Lee Ufan. The expansive installation, featuring 10 new sculptures from the artist's signature and continuing "Relatum" series, marks Lee Ufan's largest single outdoor sculpture project in the US, the first exhibition of his work in the nation's capital, and the first time in the Hirshhorn's 45-year history that its 4.3-acre outdoor plaza has been devoted, almost in its entirety, to the work of a single artist.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Oct. 12

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection
Featuring the recent gift of over 50 major historical works, including more than 35 seminal works by Marcel Duchamp, this exhibition comprises an unparalleled selection of art, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp's career. This is the first stage of a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Duchamp. The second stage, opening spring 2020, will examine Duchamp's lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn's permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Oct. 12

Portraits of the World: Denmark
"Portraits of the World: Denmark" will feature the painting "Kunstdommere (Art Judges)" by Michael Ancher (1849-1927), on loan from the Museum of National History in Hillerød, Denmark. The monumental group portrait pays tribute to a tightly knit artists' community in northern Denmark, which served as the incubator for the Modern Breakthrough in Danish painting. A complementary display of American portraits will highlight the proliferation of artists' communities in New York City during the first half of the 20th century, which likewise accelerated the development of modern art in the United States.

National Portrait Museum

 

DANCE

Tue., March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Fruits Borne Out of Rust
Conceived and directed by internationally renowned Japanese visual artist Tabaimo in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Maki Morishita, this whimsical, mischievous multimedia work is performed by a solo female dancer and two on-stage musicians to an original score by Yusuke Awazu and Keisuke Tanaka. Tickets are $35 to $45.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

March 5 to 7

Martha Graham Dance Company: The Eve Project
Martha Graham is inarguably the mother of American modern dance. In celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment in 2020, which gave women the right to vote, the company has created a collection of new commissions and signature Graham classics that each make bold statements about female power. Tickets are $25 to $69.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Sat., March 14, 2 p.m.

The Mush Hole: Truth, Acknowledgement and Resilience
"The Mush Hole" is a heartbreaking dance theater piece that moves through Canada's residential school history with hope and empathy. The performance by Kahawi Dance Theatre reflects the realities of the Mohawk Institute Residential School experience and offers a compelling way to open dialogue and to heal.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., March 5, 6 p.m.

Bohemian Stories with Author Renáta Fučíková
Renáta Fučíková discusses her book "Bohemian Stories," an illustrated history of Czechs in the United States that showcases the deep bonds between the two countries. Short texts and vivid illustrations create a portrait of composer Antonín Dvořák's life in America, reveal the stories of politicians Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and Madeleine Albright, and celebrate the accomplishments of astronaut Eugene Cernan and sports legend Martina Navrátilová, among others. Readers also learn about Czech immigrants who settled the barren prairies of the Midwest and helped build the streets and neighborhoods of Chicago and New York, and experience the success of artists and athletes who found a new home in the United States. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit bohemianstories.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Thu., March 5, 7 p.m.

Celebrating Women's Achievement in Music and Arts
Enjoy a cross-over evening featuring a multimedia installation — dedicated to the first female member of the New York Philharmonic, the Viennese harpist Stephanie "Steffy" Goldner — as well as a panel discussion on the role of women as musicians and artists over time, comparing genres and continents, complemented by inspiring music from the Boulanger Initiative. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Fri., March 6, 3 p.m.

Artist Talk with Composer Gabriela Ortiz
The Mexican Cultural Institute, in collaboration with INSeries, welcomes Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz for a conversation on her newest operatic storybook, "Ana y su sombra," playing at GALA Hispanic Theatre on March 7 and 8 as part of the InSeries Women Composer Festival. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Sat., March 14, 3 p.m.

Wine Regions of France and Italy: Bordeaux
Join Food and Wine magazine's 2019 Sommelier of the Year Erik Segelbaum in an enjoyable interactive workshop series into the worlds of French and Italian wine, designed to boost the wine IQ of both novices and seasoned aficionados. Tickets are $100.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Tue., March 17, 6:45 p.m.

Ireland's Fight for Freedom
In the course of their bitter war with the British Empire from 1919 to 1921, Irish nationalists turned to novel tactics both military and political. Unable to confront Britain's overwhelming military power directly, the Irish Republican Army mounted a campaign of assassination, hit-and-run raids, and — a new concept — urban guerrilla warfare to fight their opponents to a standstill. George Mason University history professor Kevin Matthews discusses how this war set the standard for other independence struggles in the 20th century. Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Neuro-Night: Spanish Scientists Advance Health Research.
Brain Awareness Week is an annual global campaign celebrating its 25th anniversary in mid-March. The campaign was founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain with a simple but profound mission: to share the wonders of the brain with the public and teach the impact brain science has in our daily lives. In this event, NIH Spanish scientists studying neurodegenerative disorders discuss how these diseases impact our nervous system and give insights into future treatments. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Sat., March 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through Her Eyes: Celebrating Indigenous Women of the Andes
A special Women's History Month program, "Through Her Eyes" celebrates the stories, experiences and perspectives of Andean indigenous women. Cultural and content experts will lead a series of performances, demonstrations and activities offering visitors a window into the rich traditions and contemporary life of women in these indigenous communities.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

FESTIVALS

March 3 to April 19

DC Tango Festival – Pan-American Symphony Orchestra
The Pan-American Symphony Orchestra (PASO) — the first orchestra in the nation to focus solely on Latin American music — presents the DC Tango Festival, largely held at the Embassy of Argentina. Events include the Buenos Aires-based Juan D'Arienzo Orchestra (March 3); a series of four tango lessons beginning March 4; a tango dance party (March 6); Mariana Quinteros singing popular tangos by Argentina's most well-known tango composers (March 12, 13); Tango Night at the Movies featuring the 1950 musical drama "Arrabalera"; and "Tango of the Americas," a show of original tango music from Colombia, Argentina and the U.S. at the Kennedy Center. For information, visit www.panamsymphony.org/concert-season/dc-tango-festival.

Embassy of Argentina

 

March 6 to 7

Women Composers Festival
The IN Series presents a festival celebrating the brilliance of living female composers who have been under-represented in the classical music scene of the nation's capital, as well as in the canon of works produced by IN Series. The festival features four performances of two fully staged operas, both local premieres, as part of an effort to radically reshape the image of who makes opera. For more information, visit www.inseries.org/women-composers-festival.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

March 8 to 21

DIRECT CURRENT
The Kennedy Center's two-week celebration of contemporary culture, returns for a third season. With special emphasis on female creators, on works new to the District of Columbia, and on interdisciplinary creations, the 2020 spring immersion showcases some of the most provocative, original and pioneering voices in the arts today. The festival kicks off with a special screening of Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary "13th," with Jason Moran's powerful score performed live for the first time in collaboration with One Woman, One Vote 2020 Festival. Other highlights include Mija at U Street Music Hall (March 13), Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra (March 14) and "Blue," a Washington National Opera production about a family that struggles after a teenager is shot by policy (March 15-28). For information, visit www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/festivals-series/direct-current/.

Various locations

 

March 23 to 29

SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras
Building on the groundbreaking repertoire and concepts presented during SHIFT in 2017 and 2018, this year's participating orchestras — Jacksonville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — offer a fresh take on orchestral concerts by featuring multi-genre thematic collaborations and commissioned works, along with dialogue, other vocal elements and video projections. For information, visit www.washingtonperformingarts.org/media/shiftrfp/.

Various locations

 

GALAS

Sat., March 14, 6 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts Gala & Auction
"A Celebration of Women: Fearless, Creative, Resilient" is the theme of this year's Washington Performing Arts Gala & Auction, which will honor entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and feature performances by the Children of the Gospel Choir and mezzo soprano J'Nai Bridges. One of the most established and honored performing arts institutions in America, Washington Performing Arts has for more than half a century, engaged with artists, audiences, students and civic life in the nation's capital. Tickets start at $200 for young patrons. For information, visit one.bidpal.net/washingtonperformingarts/welcome.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

MUSIC

Wed., March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Armenian Odyssey
Presented by PostClassical Ensemble in conjunction with the Armenian Embassy, visual artist Kevork Mourad creates a multimedia meditation that ponders how crossing cultural boundaries can inspire tolerance and understanding. This world-premiere-concert event features legendary duduk master Jivan Gasparyan and Jivan Gasparyan Jr.; cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan; and composer Vache Sharafyan. Please visit postclassical.com for ticket information.

Washington National Cathedral (Great Nave)

 

Wed., March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Barrantes & Pinto-Ribeiro Piano Duo
The Barrantes & Pinto-Ribeiro Piano Duo was formed in Moscow in 1998, when Portuguese pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro and Peruvian pianist Rosa Maria Barrantes were studying at the famous Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since then, the duo — who live in Lisbon with their two children — has performed in concerts across Europe and America and recorded a CD featuring works by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Eric Satie, Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel. Tickets are $160, including buffet, wine and valet parking. For information, visit embassyseries.org.

Portuguese Residence

 

Sun., March 8, 12:30 p.m.

Persian Music: Sounds of the Homeland Ensemble
Don't miss the Washington-area concert debut of Sounds of the Homeland, a new ensemble based in California that performs contemporary, classical and traditional Iranian music and will provide the musical highlight to the museum's annual Nowruz celebration.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.

Niño de Elche in Concert: Colombiana
"Colombiana," the new album by Niño de Elche, explores the relation between colonialism, spices, the economy and the transoceanic exchanges within Flamenco and Latin American rhythms. Tickets are $15; for information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Fri., March 13, 8 p.m.

The Washington Chorus: St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the two-time Grammy-winning Washington Chorus, joined by folk band The Irish Inn Mates and students of the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. Lauded as "sheer joy," (Broadway World) enjoy sing-alongs and choral arrangements of Irish classics in this unique and festive concert. Tickets are $18 to $79.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

March 16 and 17

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
For over 50 years, South Africa's five-time Grammy Award-winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter. Tickets start at $42.

Wolf Trap

 

Thu., March 19, 7:30 p.m.

32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World
To mark Beethoven's 250th birthday year, composers from conflict zones around the world were commissioned by Israeli American pianist Yael Weiss to create new works connected to the German composer's 32 piano sonatas. For this concert, Weiss performs new compositions by Syrian native Malek Jandali, Turkish composer Aslihan Keçebasoglu, Afghan composer Milad Yousufi, Aida Shirazi, who was born in Tehran, Sidney Marquez Boquiren of the Philippines and Bongani Ndodana-Breen from South Africa.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Thu., March 19, 7:30 p.m.

Christylez Bacon, Hip-Hop & Nistha Raj, Violin
Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon is known for his beat-boxing, rhyming and storytelling skills. This collaboration with violinist Nistha Raj offers a contemporary take on classical Hindustani music. Together, Bacon and Raj create an edgy, innovative amalgam that draws on their diverse heritages with the goal of bridging cultural divides. Tickets are $24.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

Sat., March 21, 3 p.m.

Maryta de Humahuaca in Concert
Maryta de Humahuaca (Kolla) is an Indigenous performing artist from the small city of Humahuaca in the province of Jujuy, Argentina. Her music is a fusion of contemporary and traditional Andean music. This program is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Argentina.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Sun., March 22, 3:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Pierrot Lunaire – A Multimedia Chamber Concert Experience
Arnold Schoenberg's 1912 expressionist masterpiece "Pierrot Lunair (Moonstruck Pierrot)" is a melodrama about Pierrot, the sad clown character from the Italian commedia dell'arte, set to 21 poems by Albert Giraud. This interdisciplinary event features a musical performance accompanied by dramatic poetry readings, displays of visual art and a pre-concert lecture. Admission is free; to RSVP visit acfdc.org.

Catholic University of America

 

Mon., March 23, 7:30 p.m.

Annelene Lenaerts, Harp
Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is one of the leading soloists of her instrument who, in December 2010, was appointed principal harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic. From an early age, Lenaerts began winning an impressive amount of prizes at international harp competitions: 23 prizes between 1997 and 2009. Most recently in 2019, she released a new CD recording with works by Nino Rota with the Brussels Philharmonic, and she won an Opus Klassik after being nominated in four different categories. Tickets are $225, including buffet reception, wine and parking on the embassy compound. For information, visit embassyseries.org.

Belgian Residence

 

Thu., March 26, 7:30 p.m.

Brahms & Dvořák
The Brahms and Dvořák chamber music members of the President's Own Marine Band and Chamber Group perform a repertoire of two chamber works by the master composers. Tickets are $125, including buffet, wine and beer. For information, visit embassyseries.org.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Thu., March 26, 7:30 p.m.

Matt Haimovitz, Cello & Laura Colgate, Violin
Matt Haimovitz is a groundbreaking artist who made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and is notably the first classical artist to play at New York's infamous CBGB club. Colgate, a resident of Takoma Park, Md., has led a prestigious career as a chamber and orchestral musician, soloist, and educator. She is passionate about innovating in the world of classical music and co-founded the Boulanger Initiative, an advocacy organization for women composers based in D.C. Tickets are $30.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

THEATER

March 1 to 21

Washington National Opera: Samson and Delilah
Seduction and deceit tangle in Saint-Saëns's sensual grand opera. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test. Tickets are $45 to $299.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

March 4 to April 12

Pass Over
Kitch and Moses seem stuck on their street corner, but it don't matter. They joke, dream, and throw down about the promised land they're heading to just as soon as they get up off the block. Allegorical and immediate, humorous and chilling, Nwandu's collision of the Exodus saga and "Waiting for Godot" probes the forces that have marooned these young black men, and the power and limitations of their personal resilience.

Studio Theatre

 

Through March 8

The 39 Steps
One evening in 1930s London, Richard Hannay attends a vaudeville performance at the London Palladium when a fight breaks out in the theater and shots are fired. In the ensuing panic, a frightened young woman named Annabella persuades Hannay to take her back to his flat. There, she claims to be a spy who has uncovered a plot to steal British military secrets implemented by a mysterious espionage organization known as "The 39 Steps." The next morning, Hannay wakes up to find Annabella stabbed to death. Now a suspect in her murder, Hannay must careen across Europe to evade the police and expose the killer's true identity in this fast-paced and riotously funny adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller film presented by Constellation Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 to $45.

Source at 1835 14th St., NW

 

Through March 8

Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017
A group of well-meaning liberals gather at a farmhouse in upstate New York for a relaxing weekend. A son adopted from Kenya struggles to feel connected to his new family and country. And the 45th U.S. president sends a history-altering dinner invitation. There is plenty of blame to spare as snow piles high, mountains crumble and the wounds of the 2016 election break open. The mythology of America is rewritten in real time as we are forced to grapple with the legend of a frightening New York man made from gold. Tickets start at $34.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

March 13 to May 20

Guys and Dolls
In this beloved 1950s musical comedy, dice-slinging gamblers, pious missionaries and glamorous showgirls come together for a light-hearted romp through New York. It's a high-stakes game of love as brash but charming Nathan Detroit bets Sky Masterson $1,000 to woo missionary Sarah Brown. Please call for ticket information.

Ford's Theatre

 

Through March 15

The Amen Corner
Margaret, a zealous church pastor of a storefront church in Harlem, must confront the past she left behind when her estranged husband Luke returns. Trying to find his own identity outside of the confines of the church, their son David bonds with his ailing father over their shared love of jazz music. Margaret's misguided but fervent beliefs cause further disunity both within their fragile family union and in her congregation as her past comes to light. Tickets are $35 to $120.

The Shakespeare Theatre

 

Through March 15

The Wanderers
Esther and Schmuli are Satmar Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn't be more different. The play explores the hidden connections between these seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love. Tickets are $39 to $69.

Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J

 

Through March 22

Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni
A notorious lover meets his ultimate fiery punishment in Mozart's celebrated tragicomedy. He's spent his life betraying women. Now time's up. Tickets are $45 to $299.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through March 22

Timon of Athens
Timon lives in a golden world of opulence and generosity, throwing wild parties attended by politicians, artists and the celebrities of Athens. When she loses her wealth and her friends abandon her, Timon takes to the forest, exchanging her luxurious gowns for sackcloth and plotting revenge against the city she loves. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

March 24 to April 19

Camille Claudel
Turn-of-the-century French sculptor Camille Claudel was a groundbreaking artist and a revolutionary free-thinker – but her entire life was determined by the men around her, from her passionate and tumultuous love affair with Auguste Rodin to her unsupportive brother to the gender-based censorship of her work. The MAX Theatre transforms into famed sculptor Rodin's studio to bring their creative and lovers' duel to life in a stunning and gorgeous new musical of an irrepressible visionary who broke the mold. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

March 27 to April 5

Synetic Teen: Romeo & Juliet
In this passionate and lyrical piece, set among the gears of a giant clock, the greatest of Shakespearean lovers race against time itself to outrun their fate. Please call for ticket information.

Synetic Theater

 

Through March 29

Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes
Marian, the matriarch of a far-flung Jewish family, had happily settled into retirement life with her new husband Richard. However, when a pregnant niece, the troubled boy next door and a distressed daughter with a secret show up at her door, Marian's empty nest ends up a little fuller than she imagined. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Through April 12

Celia and Fidel
Can one woman change the mind of a man and the fate of a nation? Fidel Castro's most trusted confidant and political partner, Celia Sánchez, is never far from his side as he grapples with how to move his country forward. It's 1980 and a failing economy has led 10,000 Cuban citizens to seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba. Castro must decide what kind of a leader he wants to be: merciful or mighty. Imbued with magical realism, "Celia and Fidel" is the dynamic story of radical change in Cuba featuring the country's most notorious political figure and Cuba's most influential female revolutionary. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage

   

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