Films

Film poster for Race, showing Stephan James as Jesse Owens

Black History Month Film Series: Race

The second film in West End's Black History Month Film Series will be "Race", a 2016 historical film starring Stephan James as legendary runner Jesse Owens. Based on true events, the film centers on the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and on Owens's struggle against racism in both Germany and the United States. "Race" is rated PG-13 and runs about 135 minutes; the screening will finish at approximately 8:45 p.m.
Legacy of Mies and King movie poster

Film Screening: "A Legacy of Mies and King"

What do you do with a library designed in the 1960s by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.? The documentary, "A Legacy of Mies and King: Renovating the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library," follows architect Francine Houben as she investigates the past and present to transform D.C.'s central library into a world class library.This screening will be held at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.
DCPL Black History Month 2017 logo.The historic "I Am A Man" picket sign.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. image.Queen of Katwe movie poster.Shirley Chisholm postage stamp.President Barack Obama portrait.Almost Christmas movie poster.Loving movie poster.August Wilson image.Marion Barry image.Moonlight movie poster.

28th Annual Black Film Festival

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual film festival. The 28th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films. February 7 
DCPL Black History Month 2017 logo.The historic "I Am A Man" picket sign.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. image.Queen of Katwe movie poster.Shirley Chisholm postage stamp.President Barack Obama portrait.Almost Christmas movie poster.Loving movie poster.August Wilson image.Marion Barry image.Moonlight movie poster.

28th Annual Black Film Festival

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual film festival. The 28th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films.February 7 
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28th Annual Black Film Festival

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

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

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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