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SIS Film Series Archive

The Third Thursdays Film Series fosters global understanding through an engaging lineup of documentary films provided by Washington, DC embassies. The ongoing series is held on the third Thursday of each month starting April 18, 2013. Doors to the SIS Founders Room open at 6:00 pm; screening begins at 6:30 pm.

April - "Men of Arlington"

A photo from the film Men of Arlington

Thursday, April 18th
6:00 p.m.
Abramson Family Founders Room

RSVP here.

"Men of Arlington" documents the lives of residents of London's Arlington House, which housed thousands of Irishmen who fled Ireland in the 1950's in search of work.

These men dug the roads and rebuilt Britain after the war. For most, Arlington offered a bed for a few nights as they established themselves in a new country. But for others it became a home for life.

This is the story of those men who lost themselves on their journey, but found shelter and community in the halls of the 'big house'.

Watch the trailer here.

Kevin Conmy, Deputy Head of the Embassy, will attend; and Solas Nua, the DC Irish Arts organization and founder of DC's Irish Film Festival, will co-sponsor the film.

Sponsored by:

May - "David Wants to Fly"

"David Wants to Fly," a young German Filmmaker decides to try Transcendental Meditation because his idol, director David Lynch, has assured him personally that TM is a source of creativity and the key to success. Watch the trailer here.

June - "The Flat"

At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger undertook the complex process of making sense of the accumulated ephemera of a lifetime. In the process, he began to uncover clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story: a chronicle of the unexpected yet inevitable ethical ambiguities and repressed emotions that arise when everyday friendships suddenly cross enemy lines.

In his award-winning, emotionally riveting documentary, "The Flat," Goldfinger follows the hints his grandparents left behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravel the mystery of their painful past. The result is a moving family portrait and an insightful look at the ways dif- ferent generations deal with the memory of the Holocaust.

Watch the trailer here.


The School of International Service is located at the intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. Parking is free in the SIS garage after 5 p.m.

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.

3201 New Mexico Ave.
Washington, DC 20016