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Films Across Borders: Stories of Water

Films Across Borders showcases critically acclaimed films, documentaries, shorts and virtual reality experiences 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 fifth year, the 2019 series -- Films Across Borders: Stories of Water -- brings together diverse cinematic stories about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, how this precious resource shapes human society and our daily lives. Previous film series focused on Stories of Women (2018) and ‘Stories of Migration’ (2017)

Come for the films and the enjoyment of engaging with filmmakers and topical speakers in lively post-screening discussions. Open to the public in venues around the city in October and November.

Film Series Trailer:

2019 Schedule

Tues, Oct 1 | 6:30 pm
The River and the Wall (2019, USA)
Opening Night film screening and concert with folk singers and social activists Peter and Bethany Yarrow
AU Doyle/Forman Theater
Free, reservations at theriverandthewallau.eventbrite.com
 
Sat, Oct. 5 | 11:00 am  
Ponyo
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Purchase tickets at afi.com/silver 
 
Sun, Oct. 6 | 11:00 am  
Ponyo
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Purchase tickets at afi.com/silver 
 
Sun, Oct. 6 | 2:00 pm 
The Raft (2019, Sweden)
Embassy of Sweden
Free, reservations at https://theraft.eventbrite.com
 
Wed, Oct 9 | 6:30 pm
Fitzcarraldo (1982, West Germany)
Goethe Institut
Free, no reservations required
 
Thurs, Oct 10 | 7:00 pm
Styx (2018, Germany/Austria)
Panel discussion follows film screening.
Embassy of Austria

Free, registration required.

Fri, Oct 11 | 6:30 pm
Survival Family (2017, Japan)
Japan Information and Cultural Center
Free, reservations required
 
Sat, Oct. 12 | 11:00 am  
The Red Turtle
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Purchase tickets at afi.com/silver 
 
Sun, Oct. 13 | 11:00 am  
The Red Turtle
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Purchase tickets at afi.com/silver 
 
Mon Oct 14 | 6:30 pm
Bagdad Cafe (Out of Rosenheim) (1987, West Germany)
Goethe Institut
Free, no reservations required
 
Tues, Oct 15 | 6:00 pm
Even the Rain (2010, Spain)
DC Laborfest at Takoma Busboys and Poets
Free, no reservations required
 
Tues Oct 15 | 7:30 pm
Into the Okavango 
National Geographic

Tickets available https://www.nationalgeographic.org/events/

 
Thurs Oct 17 | 6:45 pm
Guadalquivir (2013, Spain)
Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain
Free, registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guadalquivir-at-films-across-borders-stories-of-water-tickets-71381304403
 
Thurs, Oct 17 | 7:00 pm
Blue Heart (2018, USA)
Anacostia Riverkeeper at Eaton Cinema
Free, registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/films-across-borders-screening-blue-heart-tickets-73153695673
 
Fri Oct 18 | 12 pm
Mediterranean Migration (2017-2019, series of International shorts)
International Film Fest at GWU Institute of European, Russian & Eurasian Studies

Free tickets available at www.immigrationfilmfest.org

 
Sun, Oct. 20 | 1:00 pm
Woman in the Dunes (1964, USA)
National Gallery of Art at the Freer Gallery of Art Auditorium
 
Sun, Oct 20 | 4:00 pm
Woman and the Glacier(2016, Netherlands)
National Gallery of Art at the Freer Gallery of Art Auditorium
Free, no reservations required
 
Tues, Oct 22 | 6:00 pm
Even the Rain (2010, Spain)
DC Laborfest at Shirlington Busboys and Poets
Free, no reservations required
 
Tues, Oct 22 | 6:30 pm
The Ghost Fleet(2019, USA)
AU Doyle/Forman Theater

Free, Reception and reservation info: theghostfleetau.eventbrite.com

 
Wed, Oct. 23 | 6:30 pm
Tesoros (2017, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute at NYU-DC
 
Fri, Oct. 25 | 9:45 pm 
Mindgame (2004, Japan)
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Tickets available at afi.com/silver

 
Sunday, Oct 27 | 4:00 pm
Walking on Water (2018, USA, Bulgaria)
National Gallery of Art West Building Lecture Hall
Free, no reservations required
 
Fri, Nov 2 | 9:45 pm 
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, USA)
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Tickets available at afi.com/silver

 
Tues, Nov 5 | 6:30 pm
High Tide in Dorchester (2018, USA)
AU Doyle/Forman Theater

Free, Reception and reservation info: hightideindorchesterau.eventbrite.com

 
Tues, Nov 5 | 7:00 pm
Oceans, the Mystery of the Missing Plastic (2016, France)
Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Free – Online registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oceans-the-mystery-of-the-missing-plastic-tickets-75298137757?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 
Tues, Nov 19 | 6:00 pm
Water Rising (2015, Ireland)
DC Laborfest at Takoma Busboys and Poets
Free, no reservations required
 
Tues, Nov 19 | 7:30 pm
Shark VR Event
National Geographic
Tickets available: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/events/
 
Wed, Nov 20 | 6:30 pm
Draw Me A River
Embassy of Switzerland at Eaton Cinema
Free, reservations required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/films-across-borders-draw-me-a-river-tickets-77297696491
 
Wed, Nov. 20 | 6:30 pm
An Evening of Three Mexican Documentary Shorts (2016-2019, Mexico)
Mexican Cultural Institute at NYU-DC
 
Thurs, Nov 21 | 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm
Filmmaker Spotlight: Films by Taylor Graham: (2018, USA)
DC Environmental Filmmaking Festival at Eaton DC
Free, reservations required
 
Tues, Nov 26 | 6:00 pm
Water Rising (2015, Ireland)
DC Laborfest at Shirlington Busboys and Poets
Free, no reservations required
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