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Filmfest DC - MAIDAN

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Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

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 - THIS IS MY LAND

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Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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 - LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

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Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 9:15pm - 11:20pm

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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"Limited Partnership" Screening

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Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 5:00pm

Location: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

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The [Monarch] Butterfly Effect

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Partner Event

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: The Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St NW Washington, DC, 20009

In a documentary series, jointly produced by AU School of Communication & Tec de Monterrey film students, a cross-cultural group of film students from both schools traveled to the remote mountains of Mexico and captured the story of the dwindling population of the Monarch Butterfly, in its epic 3,000 mile journey north. 

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"Limited Partnership" Screening

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Date: Friday, May 1, 2015 - 7:30pm

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

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

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Faculty Forum: Declan Fahy

Faculty Forum

Partner Event

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Location: The Media Innovation Lab, Mckinley Building, American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Professor Declan Fahy profiles eight eloquent, controversial, and compelling sellers of science to investigate how they achieved celebrity in the United States and internationally—and explores how their ideas influence our understanding of the world.

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