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CESAR'S LAST FAST Screening and Discussion

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Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, American University McKinley Building 2nd Floor, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Join us for American University's screening of the inspirational documentary "Cesar's Last Fast," followed by a discussion with producer Rick Perez on April 1, 2015. Cesar's Last Fast presents the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farm workers, and the impact Chavez’s legacy has left. 

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"The Homestretch" Screening

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Date: Friday, April 3, 2015 - 7:30pm

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of?

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AFGHAN DREAMS Screening and Discussion

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Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, American University McKinley Building 2nd Floor, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Join us for American University's screening of the inspirational documentary Afghan Dreams, followed by a panel discussion on April 8th, 2015. Afghan Dreams is a short documentary detailing the aspirations of four young Afghan women law students. Hosted by Professor Bill Gentile and co-sponsored by the Foreign Correspondence Network.

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Filmfest DC - MAIDAN

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Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

Like many overseas conflicts, the recent unrest in Ukraine is an abstract thing to those not directly involved: grainy news footage and complex political references with little or no context. Maidan (shorthand for the city square and the movement it spawned), is a series of physically static camera shots that are anything but, as the thousands of nameless heroes of the protest against pro-Russian Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych that lasted from December 2013 to February 2014 stroll, sing, eat, sleep, and, eventually, fight against strict anti-protest laws and their well-armed enforcers. Thus the masses become the protagonist in a rigorous, vitally important film.

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Filmfest DC - TIGERS

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Date: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

In rural Pakistan, an ambitious pharmaceutical rep (Bollywood superstar Emraan Hashmi) lands a job with baby formula juggernaut Lastavita and is sent into the field with other "tigers" to seduce doctors and hospital staff into stocking the brand and counseling new mothers against breast-feeding. He's good at his job and rises quickly, only to quit abruptly and blow the whistle when he discovers the formula, mixed with the dirty water on which local families subsist, is killing infants. 

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Filmfest DC - TIGERS

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Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

In rural Pakistan, an ambitious pharmaceutical rep (Bollywood superstar Emraan Hashmi) lands a job with baby formula juggernaut Lastavita and is sent into the field with other "tigers" to seduce doctors and hospital staff into stocking the brand and counseling new mothers against breast-feeding. He's good at his job and rises quickly, only to quit abruptly and blow the whistle when he discovers the formula, mixed with the dirty water on which local families subsist, is killing infants. 

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Filmfest DC - DUKHTAR

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Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

To end a long-standing tribal blood feud between their clans in the volatile Kashmir region of remote rural Pakistan, elderly warlord Tor Gul (Abdullah Jaan) insists he be allowed to marry Zaineb (Saleha Aref), the daughter of chief Daulat (Asif Khan). Daulat agrees, even though Zaineb is a child. When his estranged wife Allah Rahki (Samiya Mumtaz; her character's name translates as "God protects") hears of this, it reminds her of her marriage at 15 and she makes a dash for freedom with her daughter that becomes an arduous journey through a land both familiar and hostile. 

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Filmfest DC - LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

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Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:35pm

Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

In 1971, Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan met in Los Angeles and fell in love. Four years later, they became the first couple to receive a same-sex marriage license. Shortly afterward, the Immigration and Naturalization Service knocked back their application for Tony's spousal visa, chiding, "You have failed to establish that a bona fide martial relationship can exist between two faggots." Four decades on the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality, they're still battling to be recognized as a couple even as same-sex marriage laws are finally changing.

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Filmfest DC - THIS IS MY LAND

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Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:30pm - 10:30pm

Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

How do the Palestinian and Israeli educational systems teach the history of their respective nations and their intertwined conflict? Israeli director Tamara Erde set out to answer this is a provocative, complex, and fascinating question a few years after completing her army service. Despite the fact that the respective education ministries are leery about allowing teachers to speak on camera, Erde was able to arrange filming at a number of Israeli, Palestinian, and mixed schools, observing different teacher strategies and various responses from the children. She also spoke to educational researchers on both sides. There's a good bit of pessimism from children and adults alike, but the film also shows good people trying to build curricula and teach responsibly. "I've kind of forgotten what it means," says a 17-year-old Israeli when asked to define "shalom" (peace). In these troubled lands, this sad amnesia is an unfortunate truth.

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Filmfest DC - DUKHTAR

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Date: Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:45pm - 10:15pm

Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004

To end a long-standing tribal blood feud between their clans in the volatile Kashmir region of remote rural Pakistan, elderly warlord Tor Gul (Abdullah Jaan) insists he be allowed to marry Zaineb (Saleha Aref), the daughter of chief Daulat (Asif Khan). Daulat agrees, even though Zaineb is a child. When his estranged wife Allah Rahki (Samiya Mumtaz; her character's name translates as "God protects") hears of this, it reminds her of her marriage at 15 and she makes a dash for freedom with her daughter that becomes an arduous journey through a land both familiar and hostile. 

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