The School of International Service, 3rd Thursdays film series, fosters global understanding through an engaging lineup of documentary films provided by Washington, D.C. embassies. The films are screened in the Abramson Family Founders Room at the School of International Service on the third Thursday of each month. The September film screening of the SIS film series will take place on September 19th at 6:15 p.m. Join us for light refreshments at 6:15pm followed by the screening at 6:30pm.
Chef Geoff's, a local New Mexico Avenue bistro a few doors down from SIS, is offering a complimentary glass of wine or dessert to 3rd Thursday film goers.
January - Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero
Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero
Date: Thursday, January 16
The screening will be held in the Abramson Family Founders Room at the School of International Service.
Description: In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the Disappeared - all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government. Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monseñor Óscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.
Romero broke off ties with the military and aligned himself with the poor, delivering messages of hope in weekly sermons which became national events. Encouraging direct action against oppression, Romero's speaking impacted political events in El Salvador that still have meaning to this day.
With rare recordings and film footage from Romero's own collection and a wide range of interviews from those whose lives were changed by Archbishop Romero, including church activists, human rights lawyers, former guerrilla fighters and politicians, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero is a timely portrait of one individual's quest to speak truth to the rich and powerful forces which dominated his government.
The film screening is sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Center and is meant to accompany the exhibit, Central America's Past Revealed, currently on display at the center.
Visit Chef Geoff's Restaurant after the film and receive one free dessert or glass of wine with any entree. Each guest must bring the certificate distributed during the film to redeem the deal. All details are listed on the certificate.
Chef Geoff's is just a five minute walk from the university.