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Films Across Borders: Stories of Resilience and Hope

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 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, including if there are any geographic restrictions, as some may films have limited release.

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
Recording of completed event available here.
Wed, Oct 7 | 1:30 pm
Kokota: The Islet of Hope(2016, Tanzania)
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Register here for viewing and panel information
Oct 9 -12 | 7 pm - 7 pm
I Go Gaga, My Dear(2018, Japan)
Japan Information and Culture Center
Register here for viewing information
Oct 13 - 20; Panel Oct 17
Beyond the Horizon (2019, Switzerland)
Embassy of Switzerland
Register here for viewing and panel information
Tues, Oct 13 | 5:00 pm
Do The Right Thing (1989, USA)
American University
Recording of completed event available here.
Oct 15 -16 | 5 pm - 5 pm
Utopia Revisited(2018, Austria)
Austrian Cultural Forum
Register here for viewing and panel information
Thurs, Oct 15 | 6:00 pm 
The Tree Tuner (2019, Argentina)
Embassy of the Argentine Republic
Register here for viewing and panel information. Film is available to view through Oct 31. Panel is on Oct 15.
Fri, Oct. 16 - Thurs, Oct 22
Push (2019, Sweden)
House of Sweden and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Register here for viewing and panel information
Fri, Oct 23 | 12:00 pm
Love Flows (2019, USA)
The Nature Conservancy Pennsylvania/Delaware
Register here for viewing and panel information
Tues, Oct 27 | 5:30 pm
Nomadas (2020, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute and American University
Recording of completed event available here.
Fri, Nov 6 - Mon, Nov 9
Inland Sea(2018, Japan)
Japan Information and Culture Center
Register here for viewing information
Tues, Nov 10 | 6:00 pm
The Serengheti Rules (2018, USA)
American University
Recording of completed event available here.
Fri Nov 13 | 7:00 pm
From Baghdad to the Bay + Sewing Resilience: The Lady Garment Workers of LA(2019, USA)
Immigration Film Fest
Register here for viewing and panel information
Nov 16 - Nov 22 
The Kings of Nowhere (Los reyes del pueblo que no existe)(2015, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute
Register here for viewing information
Sun, Nov. 22 | 7:00 pm 
Last Wild Places: Rewilding The Americas (2020, USA)
National Geographic and the Environmental Film Festival
Register here for viewing and panel information
Nov. 30 - Dec 4 | 5:00 pm
Jacob the Liar
Goethe-Institut
Register here for viewing information
Nov. 30 - Dec 4 | 5:00 pm
The Bicycle
Goethe-Institut
Register here for viewing information
Dec 2 - Dec 8
Daughters of the Dust (1991, USA)
National Gallery of Art
Register here AFTER Dec 2 for viewing and Dec 6 lecture with filmmaker
 
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