The Lighter Side
Politics Isn't The Only Funny Thing in Washington!
A good laugh is a universal pass time and Filmfest DC is continuing its popular series of international comedies. Comedies do more than just entertain; they also offer important insights into the central workings of a given culture, from its oldest customs to its most taboo subjects. Humor varies from one culture to the next, and it is impossible to characterize international comedies under one umbrella. Thus, in this series we explore how international cinema has used humor to better understand the human condition as well as to make fun of our foibles. If the language of cinema is universal, then laughter is our common vocabulary.
Trust No One
Espionage, Crime, & Thrillers
Good guys vs. bad guys (or girls)... Will she escape? ... Who done it? ... The heist ... Mystery ... Suspense ... Conspiracy ... Betrayal. It's probably best to trust no one. Unlike the traditional Hollywood fare driven by loud explosions and endless sequels, our Trust No One focus offers engaging plots in atmospherics locations with fascinating characters who fuel the excitement in Filmfest DC's selection of international thrillers and crime dramas. This is edge-of-your-seat movie fun.
Feast Your Eyes
Films on Food - Hungry for some great new films?
Filmfest DC joins the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities in celebrating Washington's Sister Cities Program by presenting a series focusing on new films from three international capitals – Beijing, Paris and Taiwan. Seen through the lens' of native filmmakers, each of these cities teems with liveliness and urban trend, just like the District of Columbia. What better way to become familiar with our Sister Cities than from the perspectives of those who live there and observe their dynamic vitality?
When an individual or group has experienced an injustice, filmmakers use their talents and craft to make us aware and, hence, call us into action. The Justice Matters focus within Filmfest DC highlights this tradition of using film to expand our awareness and understanding of social justice issues around the globe.
We want to thank the CrossCurrent Foundation for their support in helping to make this series possible.
Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
- Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine - USA
- Beyond the Walls - Argentina, Australia, El Salvador, Israel, Liberia, Palestine, Slovenia, USA, UK
- The Golden Dream - Mexico, Spain
- Lakshmi - India
- Return to Homs - Syria, Germany
The Award Jury consists of:
- Angelica Das, Associate Director, Center for Social Media, American University
- Conrad Martin, Executive Director, Stewart R. Mott Foundation and Executive Director of the Fund for Constitutional Government
- Montr'e Aza Missouri, Founder and Director, Howard Film Culture