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28th Annual Black Film Festival

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 4:00 pm

February 7 4pm Black American Experience: Shirley Chisholm (2009, 20 mins) Hating Obama (2014, 68 mins) 6pm Queen of Katwe (2016, 124 mins) February 14 4pm August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (2015, 90 mins) 6pm Almost Christmas (2016, 111 mins) February 21 4pm The Nine Lives of Marion Barry (2009, 78 mins) 6pm Loving (2016, 123 mins) February 28 4pm The American Experience: Citizen King (2004, 120 mins) 6pm Moonlight (2016, 111 mins)
Movie poster of "The Theory of Everything"

Age-Friendly Film: The Theory of Everything

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us for a movie matinee. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star in a tale of the love between physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.  Rated PG-13, 123 minutes, 2014
Ava DuVernay's film 13th

Black History Month Film Series and Discussion: 13th

The final entry in West End's Black History Film Series is Ava DuVernay's 13th, a documentary about race and mass incarceration in the modern American prison system. DuVernay, who also made Selma among other films, examines the history of racism and state control of African Americans in the United States from slavery through the Jim Crow era to the modern period.
Cover of Do the Right Thing, showing the main characters

Black History Month Film Series: Do the Right Thing

The third film in West End's Black History Month Film Series is also the only entirely fictional one: Spike Lee's seminal Do the Right Thing, a 1989 film that is regarded as one of the most influential films in the American cinema. Set in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, it follows its characters through a single day of rising heat, rising tensions, rising injustice, and rising anger.

Film: A Legacy of Mies and King

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:30 pm

What do you do with a library designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.? This was the question Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to give Washington, D.C.’s central library a new future.
1968 Riots in DCLion DancerChinatown

Stories From Chinatown: A Talk Story Event

Please join DCPL Special Collections and the 1882 Foundation on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year for two short films followed by a community discussion about life in historic DC Chinatown as we commemorate Dr. King’s legacy and launch the Foundation's sixth season of DC Chinatown’s Talk Story EventsFILMS:
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Black History Month Film Series: Good Hair

Black History Month Film Series presents "Good Hair" Georgetown Neighborhood Library, February 13, 1 p.m.  

Black History Month Film Series: Dear White People

Friday, February 24, 2017, 1:00 pm

Black History Month Film Series presents "Dear White People". Georgetown Neighborhood Library, February 24, 1 p.m.
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Black History Month Film Series: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Black History Month Film Series presents "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". Georgetown Neighborhood Library, February 4, 1 p.m.
Flowers of St. Francis

Heroes of Cinema - The Flowers of St. Francis

As we move into 2017, let's consider The Flowers of St. Francis an affirming film that came from Roberto Rosselini's spiritual life. One of Martin Scorcese's favorites! The film can be viewed here with your library card.