April - May 2019
25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4

Washington, DC International Film Festival
April 25 – May 5

80 films • 45 countries • 11 days • 1 exciting festival

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Opening Night

Ladies in Black

Set in Sydney in 1959, Oscar©-nominated writer-director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy; Tender Mercies; Breaker Morant) takes us back to the heyday of glamorous upscale department stores, when a concierge met you at the door and clerks wore gloves. The story centers on 16-year-old, bookish, naive Lisa (Angourie Rice), who takes a job in a store at Christmastime and finds herself under the management and tutelage of Magda (Julia Ormond), a sophisticated postwar European immigrant who begins to have a profound influence on Lisa's world view. Beautifully shot (and a fashion lover's delight), the film weaves in integration of immigrants and women's changing societal roles that remain timely today. Filled with equal parts emotional drama and observational humor, Beresford brings us into a world where we can delight in the company of smart, sassy, and relatable women.

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 PM
AMC Mazza Gallerie Theatres
Followed by a reception
Opening Night is sponsored by the Embassy of Australia

Check Out Some This Year's Highlights


Foodflix is a delicious collection of films profiling charismatic chefs and featuring stories about how they create their dishes, build their restaurants and promote their brands. From the importance of Michelin Stars to the regional diversity of Cuban cooking, there is much drama behind the cuisine. Several local famous chefs will be giving Q&A after the screenings. Learn More

Echo in the Canyon

The most anticipated film from our Global Rhythms series is Echo in the Canyon, about the 60's folk rock explosion within the storied district of Los Angeles, featuring musical luminaries The Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, etc. The screening at Lincoln Theater will be followed by a concert featuring Jakob Dylan, Cat Power and Jade Castrinos. Learn More

DC Noir

Join us for the Washington, DC premiere of DC Noir. The crime anthology series by George Pelecanos (The Wire, Treme, The Deuce) is adapted from his many acclaimed short stories and set and filmed entirely in Washington, DC. Other notables involved in the series include Fugazi's Brendan Canty, who scored the film, and rapper Wale, who appears in the series. Learn More

Traveling While Black

Traveling While Black is the virtual reality documentary about the connection between 1950s segregationist policies to present day police violence. The 19-minute film is set inside of DC landmark Ben's Chili Bowl, which was listed in the "Green Book" of the 1950s. The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, will be screened at Ben's Chili Bowl. Learn More

Meet our special guests, Q&A after screenings

The Case

Friday, April 26

  • Director Vera Krichevskaya: The Case (Russia)
  • Director Storm Saulter: Sprinter (Jamaica)
  • Director Fred Peabody, Executive Producer Jeff Cohen and The Intercept investigative journalist Lee Fang; and Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism and CoFounder: The Democracy Collaborative: The Corporate Coup d’État (Canada)
  • Director Wanuri Kahiu: Rafiki (Kenya)

Saturday, April 27

  • Directors Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso: A Translator (Cuba, Canada)
  • Producer Shrihari Sathe: Screwdriver (Palestine, USA, Qatar)
  • The Elephant's Song - Lynn Tomlinson (director): Short Cuts 2 (Iran, USA, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Norway)
  • Director Vera Krichevskaya: The Case (Russia)
  • Director Andrew Slater and Executive Producer Jakob Dylan: Echo in the Canyon (USA)
  • Director Fred Peabody, Executive Producer Jeff Cohen and The Intercept investigative journalist Lee Fang: The Corporate Coup d’État (Canada)
  • Director Storm Saulter: Sprinter (Jamaica)

A Translator

Sunday, April 28

  • Directors Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso: A Translator (Cuba, Canada)
  • Director Amos Gitai (via Skype): A Tramway in Jerusalem (Israel, France)
  • Tom “Hersh” Hershenson, formerly handled PR at General Magic and is the current Vice-President for Brand at Reston-based GoCanvas: General Magic (UK, USA)
  • The Pick-Up: Giovanna Chesler; Boys in the Boat: Renee Bullock, Nive Das, Edwin Flores, Christa Forman, Adesola Fasaro, JJ Luceno, and Patrick Johnson; Space to Explore: Katherine DuBois; Paranormal Girlfriend: Jeanne Hospod; John Mendez-The Bridge: Mike Kuba; Aurelius Battaglia: Hidden in Plain Sight: Michael T. Miller; Birth of Afrobeat: Opiyo Okeyo; We Are Now: Producers from Gandhi Brigade Youth Media: MetroShorts (USA, China, Japan, Singapore)
  • Aaron Silverman, Chef and restaurateur of the Michelin starred restaurants Rose's Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls: Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen
  • Producer Shrihari Sathe: Screwdriver (Palestine, USA, Qatar)

Tuesday, April 30

  • Jorge Hernandez, Head Chef of ThinkFoodGroup's two Michelin-starred minibar: Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen
  • Division Ave - Michal Birnbaum (writer, producer, lead actor), Nadav Remez (composer, producer), and Lorena Rodriguez (producer, lead actor): Short Cuts 2 (Iran, USA, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Norway)

The Best Sommelier in the World

Wednesday, May 1

Thursday, May 2


Friday, May 3

  • Director Gabriel Taraboulsy: Funke (USA)
  • Director Gregory Dixon and Star/Writer McKenzie Chinn: Olympia (USA)
  • Director Sara Zandieh: Simple Wedding (USA)
  • Director Sameh Zoabi: Tel Aviv on Fire (Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium)
  • Producer/Consulting Editor Farhad Mohammadi and Composer Boris Skalsky: Fading Portraits (Iran)
  • Co-directors, Co-producers Kiley Kraskouskas and Michael Blain and special guests: Dear Walmart (USA)
  • Director Martin Cooper: Traces of the Soul (UK)

Saturday, May 4

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