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Films Across Borders: Stories in A Changing World


Films Across Borders

Films Across Borders
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC, US 20016

October 5, 2021


The American University in partnership with the Embassy of France is delighted to present the 2021 Films Across Borders film series.

The showcase of critically acclaimed film, documentaries and short stories from around the world returns for a seventh year this fall. The theme for 2021 focuses on Stories in a Changing World. This year’s theme is especially timely given the challenges we face the world over. The series features stories of change, transformation, and renewal in all walks of life and across continents. The festival kicks off October 5 with a discussion surrounding the award winning documentary With Drawn Arms, which explores runner Tommie Smith’s decision to raise his fist in protest of racial inequality when accepting his gold medal at the ’68 Olympic games and the ramifications afterwards. Also featured in the documentary are civil rights legend and Georgia Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020), sports journalist Jemele Hill, cultural critic Nelson George, actor Jesse Williams, Megan Rapinoe, and Colin Kaepernick, among others. The Dean of the School of Communications at American University, Sam Fulwood III will moderate the panel that includes the film’s director, Afshin Shahidi. 

Films Across Borders was launched in 2014 to raise awareness about highly relevant themes by combining international films and panel discussion with filmmakers and special guests. The festival showcases critiacally acclaimed bfilms, documentaries and short stories 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.




Thursday, Oct 21

In The Name of Scheherazade or The First Beer Garden in Tehran (2019), Goethe Institut Roof Top, Germany 

Thursday, Oct 21 

Before Oblivion (2018) by Antes del Olvido, Mexican Cultural Institute, Mexico

Oct 21- 24 

Citizen Nobel (2020), The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital & Embassy of Switzerland 

Tuesday Oct 26 

Girl Rising 5th Anniversary (2019), American University, USA

Oct 26 – 27

Champions (2018), Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain

Oct 27 – Nov 2

Prism (2021), National Gallery of Art, France

Thursday, Nov 4

Cooked  (2020), American University, USA 

Sunday, Nov 7 

The Age of Nature: Changing  (2021), The Nature Conservancy and American University, USA

Tuesday, Nov 16

Lifeline, in virtual reality preceding the film

Culottées (2020), Cultural Services of the Embassy of France, France

Monday, Nov 29

Lifeline, in virtual reality preceding the film

Adolescents (2019), Cultural Services of the Embassy of France, France 


Molecules (2020), Italian Cultural Institute, Italy






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