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SIS Film Series

The School of International Service's Third 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 SIS on the third Thursday of each month.

Chef Geoff's, a New Mexico Avenue near SIS, offers a complimentary glass of wine or dessert to all Third Thursday film goers!

March  –  El Regreso

El Regreso

El Regreso

Date: Thursday, March 20th
Start Time: 6:30pm
Location: The screening will be held in Ward 2 Lecture Hallin the Ward building (campus map)
Doors open at 6:00pm- Light snacks and drinks served


Description: After a decade abroad, Antonio returns to Costa Rica for a short visit. Upon his return, Antonio finds a country that has shed its peaceful, bucolic coffee-farming past: roads are congested with traffic and residents have erected giant fences to fend off would-be thieves. Unable to run away as usual, he is confronted with everything he has desperately struggled to put in the past: a broken family, an ailing father, a violent country and long lost friends. However, a chance meeting in the grocery store with an old childhood friend might just give him a reason to stick around. A truly independent film (in part crowd-funded) and a runaway box office success in Costa Rica, it was named the Best International Feature Film at the 2011 New York Latino Film Festival and has continued to receive critical acclaim since.

DIR/SCR Hernan Jimenez; PROD Manuel Granda. Costa Rica, 2011, color, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

February  –  Perú Sabe:  La cocina, arma social

Perú Sabe:  La cocina, arma social

Perú Sabe’s directors

Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 6:30pm
The screening will be held in the Abramson Family Founders Room at the School of International Service.


Description:  There is an unprecedented phenomenon happening in Peru today. Cuisine, something so ordinary in any other countries, has turned into an engine for change. A machine that creates producers, chefs, entrepreneurs, restaurants and consumers. Today, over 80,000 young people have chosen to study gastronomy instead of playing soccer.

Ferran Adrià, the world’s most prestigious chef, and Gastón Acurio, Latin America’s most influential chef, together embark on a journey to explore the roots of the splendor of Peruvian cuisine and its potential to transform lives.

PERU SABE is the result of this journey; an exciting testimony to the way in which Peruvian cuisine has found a perfect recipe for spurring social and economic development.
Indeed, this is part of a growing movement throughout Latin America, where gastronomy is becoming one of the region’s most important assets.


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