This week in the District is quite the classy one, ladies and gentleman and lucky for you we’re totally one step ahead of you. I’m talking film screenings, museum exhibits and all of the Embassy events you can eat your little heart out too. I know I love a good classy evening full of wine, friends and cultural studies — and if you’re a true Washingtonian then you will too!
So check out these awesome events to attend in the District this week. Seriously though — it may be as cold as the most northern polar ice cap on planet Mars, but there’s literally some awesome stuff going on this week so it’s totally worth it. Bundle up!
1968: Civil Rights at 50
Level 4, Newseum
Starting this week
09:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Retracing the Civil Rights struggle in 1967, this exhibition comes during a time period of great significance in American society. Conducted by the Newseum, the Civil Rights Exhibition in D.C showcases various artifacts surrounding the many events that helped to shape the civil rights movement of 1968.
It delves into the backdrop of events including the various political upheavals such as the anti-Vietnam War protests as well as the human rights protests during the Mexico City Olympics.
Events of significance included are the Orangeburg massacre, a tragic police shooting of three unarmed black teenagers located at the South Carolina State College protests, as well as the sanitation workers strike in Memphis and the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C.
The exhibition also projects the struggles of key leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Muhammad Ali and H. Rap Brown and will be open throughout the year, until January 02, 2019.
In addition to various artifacts of the time, the exhibition also includes an original Newsuem produced film by the name of “Justice for All” which includes an integration of contemporary events and interviews.
Il Conformista (The Conformist)
Italian Cultural Institute of Washington
The Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven St, NW
Wednesday, January 17th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Those of you who have taken a film and visual studies course or two in your life will most likely already be familiar with legendary film maker Bernardo Bertolucci and the breathtaking cinematography of Vittoria Storaro (“Apocalypse Now”).
Il Conformista (The Conformist) is a political drama and period piece based on the 1951 novel by Alberto Moravia.
The film is based in Mussolini’s Italy and follows a character played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, who struggles with repressed homosexual desires, self-loathing and a series of destructive and dark events.
The film has been heralded by many critics of one that is firmly forever cemented in cinematic history as an “expressionist masterpiece of 1970”.
Many may be surprised to find that Bertolucci went on to become good friends with Francis Ford Coppola and much of his stylistic influence can be seen in his Godfather works.
If you haven’t seen this Italian masterpiece, then now is the best time to make an event of it and head on over to the Italian Embassy this week.
Best of International Shorts Film Festival 2017: Show 1 of 2
International Shorts Showcase
La Maison Française – Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Thursday, January 18th
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The International Shorts Film Festival is definitely a must-see event, especially for all of you cinephiles out there like myself. The festival presents 10 short films that have been selected from over 1,000 submissions globally in the genres of comedy, drama and animation.
Filmmakers from France, Germany, Poland, Russia and Spain are included in this first of two installments, the second of which takes place at the end of the month. This is absolutely a must-see, especially for my fellow francophiles since the Motherland is represented by 4 out of 10 of the films. #winning
Reservations on Eventbrite are absolutely mandatory as no one will be admitted without a reservation or photo ID. Also, your photo identification card must match the name on the reservation in order to gain entry. Doors close at 7PM promptly, so it is suggested that those attending arrive early in order to allot for security screening.
J-Film: La La La at Rock Bottom
Japan Information & Culture Center and japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC Inc.
The Embassy of Japan
1150 18th Street, NW, Ste. 100
Wednesday, January 17th
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
This event showcases a “musical coming-of-age drama” that’s set in Osaka from the same director who brought us the films “The Drudgery Train” and “Linda Linda Linda”. The film follows two characters, Shigeo and Kasumi and their life struggles, as well as their desire to embrace music and singing and how it serves as an escape for them from their daily lives.
The film is Japanese with English subtitles and has since 2015 grossed ¥55.2 million at the Japanese box office. The film was screened at the Far East Film Festival and won the award for best actor (Subaru Shibutani) at the Fantasia International Film Festival in 2015, as well as for best screenwriter (Tomoe Kanno)
Registration is mandatory for security purposes, much like the other Embassy events — so be prepared to bring your reservation slip and photo ID, as well as allot for the time it takes to get through security (seating is limited, doors open at 6:30PM and no entry is permitted after 7PM).