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June 19–23, 2019
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Featuring 72 films representing 17 countries — including six world premieres. Year after year, AFI DOCS provides a unique opportunity for audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders to engage and connect through the power of story.
June 4–July 1.
The Freer Sackler's popular festival returns!
This week: Jeon Go-woon's impressive debut feature MICROHABITAT, in which a musician-turned-cleaning woman pares down her life to the bare essentials in an attempt to drop out of Korea's high-pressure society. June 19, 7:15 p.m.
May 3–July 11
This week, 2K restoration of apocalyptic 1961 sci-fi drama THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, and two 4K John Carpenter restorations: 1981 blockbuster action-adventure ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and 1980 sci-fi cult classic THE FOG.
May 10–July 18
This week: Powell and Pressburger's stirring 1943 masterpiece THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, widely considered the finest British film ever made. Starring Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr, the film tackles on war, love, aging and obsolescence in gorgeous Technicolor. June 14, 2:00 p.m.; June 15 & 16, 11:00 a.m.
Co-presented by Washington Monthly
May 29–July 31
An inside look at journalism in cinema with leading reporters, media experts and Hollywood luminaries.
This week: Howard Hughes' wisecracking 1931 screwball comedy THE FRONT PAGE, and Howard Hawks' 1940 re-imagining of the same story (with a twist), HIS GIRL FRIDAY.
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This program showcases the very best of the short films from the 2019 48 Hour Film Project challenge, made by local Washington, DC-area filmmakers. One night only!
June 27, 7:15 p.m.
World premiere!
Q&A with filmmakers Paul Bishow, James June Schneider and Sam Lavine
Featuring breathtaking Super-8 footage filmed at some of the earliest punk shows in DC, PUNK THE CAPITAL takes us through the transformative period of 1976–1983, as punk rock took hold in Washington, DC, and grew into a movement that became a model for DIY culture around the world.
June 29, 7:15 p.m.
June 30–July 16
Co-presented with the Embassy of France
This special series is dedicated to eight legendary actresses of French cinema. Four films shown at AFI Silver; additional films shown at the Embassy of France.
Opening the series: Luis Buñuel's DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID, starring Jeanne Moreau, and Jean-Pierre Melville's WHEN YOU READ THIS LETTER, starring Juliette Gréco.
July 5–Aug. 30
Silver Spring's FREE outdoor summer screening series!
Opening the series: Oscar®-winning animated sensation SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, July 5, 8:00 p.m.

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