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Films Across Borders: Stories of Resilience & Hope

Films Across Borders showcases critically acclaimed films, documentaries and shorts and 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 sixth year, Films Across Borders presents ‘Stories of Resilience and Hope.’ The 2020 cinematic series features stories of humans and wildlife -- and the harrowing and heartfelt challenges they face to survive and triumph in all corners of the world. Previous Films Across Borders series have focused on ‘Stories of Water’ (2019); ‘Stories of Women’ (2018); and ‘Stories of Migration’ (2017).

We are pleased to share that the 2020 series will be offered in a virtual format.  Enjoy film screenings, discussions with filmmakers and topical speakers.  Available to all in October through December. Check each listing for specific details.

Films Across Borders 2020 Trailer

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

2020 Schedule

Tues, Oct 6 | 12:00 pm
For Sama(2019, USA)
American University
Live virtual panel discussion. Register here.
Oct 9 -12 | 7 pm - 7 pm
I Go Gaga, My Dear(2018, Japan)
Japan Information and Culture Center
Tues, Oct 13 
Do The Right Thing (1989, USA)
American University
Oct 15 -16 | 5 pm - 5 pm
Utopia Revisited(2018, Austria)
Austrian Cultural Forum
Thurs, Oct 15 | 6:00 pm 
The Tree Tuner (2019, Argentina)
Embassy of the Argentine Republic
Register here.
Fri, Oct 23 
The Sower (El Sembrador),(2018, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute
Fri, Oct 23 | 12:00 pm
Love Flows (2019, USA)
The Nature Conservancy Pennsylvania/Delaware
Register here.
Kokota: The Islet of Hope(2016, Tanzania)
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Tues, Oct 27 | 6:00 pm
Nomadas (2020, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute and American University
Fri, Nov 6 - Mon, Nov 9
Inland Sea(2018, Japan)
Japan Information and Culture Center
Tues, Nov 10 | 6:30 pm
The Serengheti Rules (2018, USA)
American University
Fri Nov 13 | 7:00 pm
From Baghdad to the Bay + Sewing Resilience: The Lady Garment Workers of LA(2019, USA)
Immigration Film Fest
Fri, Nov 20
The Kings of Nowhere (Los reyes del pueblo que no existe)(2015, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute
Sun, Nov. 22 | 7:00 pm 
Last Wild Places: The Americas (2020, USA)
National Geographic and the Environmental Film Festival
Push (2019, Sweden)
House of Sweden
Daughters of the Dust (1991, USA)
National Gallery of Art
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