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Films Across Borders: Stories in A Changing World

Films Across Borders showcases critically acclaimed films, documentaries and shorts from around the world. Co-presented by American University in partnership with embassy cultural organizations, arts institutions and environmental groups, the series focuses on a distinctive timely and compelling theme each year.

Now in its seventh year, Films Across Borders presents ‘Stories in A Changing World.’ The 2021 cinematic series features stories of change, transformation and renewal in all walks of life and across continents. Previous Films Across Borders series have focused on ‘Stories of Resilience and Hope’ (2020); ‘Stories of Water’ (2019); ‘Stories of Women’ (2018); and ‘Stories of Migration’ (2017).

We are offering the 2021 series in a variety of formats for all to enjoy film screenings, discussions with filmmakers and topical speakers in October through December. Check each listing for specific details, including if there are any geographic restrictions, as some films may have limited release.

Films Across Borders 2021 Trailer

Get a preview of the films that will be featured in this year's festival.

2021 Schedule

Tues, Oct 5 | 6:00 pm
With Drawn Arms (2020, USA)
Panel discussion with filmmaker Afshin Shahidi and SOC Dean Sam Fulwood III
American University
More info and registration here.
Wed, Oct 6 | 6:30 pm
Going Viral Beyond the Hot Zone (2019, USA)
Live Screening & Q&A with Associate Producer Sarah Diamond, AU Grad ‘16 
American University
More info and registration here.
Thurs, Oct 7
Die Farbe des Chamäleons/The color of a chameleon(2020, Germany/Austria)
Austrian Cultural Forum
Registration coming soon.
Oct 8 -11 
Angry Rice Wives (2021, Japan)
Japan Information and Culture Center
Register here.
Tues, Oct 12
Min Pappa Marianne/My Father Marianne (2020, Sweden)
House of Sweden
Registration coming soon.
Thurs, Oct 21
Before Oblivion (Antes del Olvido)(2018, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute
Registration coming soon.
Oct 21 - 24
Citizen Nobel(2020, Switzerland)
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital & Embassy of Switzerland
More info and registration here.
Tues Oct 26 | 12:00 pm
Girls Rising 5th Anniversary (2019, USA)
Panel discussion with Macarena Sáez, Exec Dir of Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, Shiraz Chakera, Education Specialist for Gender Equality and Girls' Education, UNICEF; and Naomi Moland, AU School of International Service Professorial Lecturer. Panel moderated by AU SOC Professor Sarah Menke-Fish.
American University
More info and registration here.
Oct 26 - 27
Champions (Campeones)(2018, Spain)
Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain
Registration coming soon
Oct 27 - Nov 2
Prisme (Prism) (2021, France)
National Gallery of Art
Registration opens in early October here.
Thurs, Nov 4 | 6:00 pm
Cooked (2020, USA)
Conversation with Filmmaker Judith Helfand and AU SOC Professor Maggie Stogner
American University
More info and registration here.
Sund, Nov 7 | 6:00 pm
The Age of Nature: Changing(2021, USA)
The Nature Conservancy and American University
Registration coming soon.
Tues, Nov 16
Culottées (2020, France)
Roundtable discussion with AU Professor Isabel Rivero-Vila
Cultural Services Embassy of France
Registration coming soon.
Mon, Nov 29
Adolescentes(2019, France)
Roundtable discussion AU Professor Isabel Rivero-Vila
Cultural Services Embassy of France
Registration coming soon.
TBD
Molecules / Molecole(2020, Italy)
Italian Cultural Institute
Registration coming soon
 
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