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The 26th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival

April 12-22, 2012

What’s It All About?

The 26th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival brings fresh, inspiring and thought-provoking films that open up new opportunities. The festival offers a programme of provocative, exciting and often brave stories from varying perspectives and showcase important voices, both emerging and established.

This year’s festival promises to tickle the funny bone too. The Lighter Side introduces a selection of international comedies that invite us to laugh. The Caribbean is proving to be a source of exhilarating cinema, and this year’s Caribbean Journeys series provides insight into this energetic culture and its people.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film: Starbuck

Directed by Ken Scott, Starbuck is about 42-year-old man who is a disappointment to his parents and his pregnant girlfriend wants nothing to do with him. One day, a lawyer shows up with the news that 533 children were conceived using his sperm, which he had sold in the 1980s, and now 142 of them want to meet their Dad!

Closing Film: The Intouchables

Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, and inspired by real life events, that tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire and his strong-willed Senegalese caretaker.

Some of the categories under which films will be screened are as follows:

• Caribbean Journeys

• Justice Matters

• The Lighter Side

• Circle Award

• First Feature

• Filmfest DC for Kids

Some of the comedy film selections are: 

• Chinese Takeaway (Argentina)

• Come As You Are (Belgium)

• Escort In Love (Italy)

• Happy New Year, Grandma! (Spain)

• If I Were You (Canada)

Caribbean Journeys

The festival presents a new film series offering a comprehensive view of a historically artistic and culturally diverse region. The historical drama The Right And The Wrong (Trinidad, 1970) became the first indigenous feature film made in the English-speaking Caribbean. Soon it was followed by Jamaica’s first feature, The Harder They Come (1972).

Some of the films selected for Caribbean Journeys are:

• Better Mus’ Come (Jamaica)

• Calypso Rose: The Lioness Of The Jungle (Trinidad & Tobago)

• First Rasta (Jamaica)

• Havana Eva (Cuba)

• Jean Gentil (Dominican Republic)

• Marley (US/UK)

• Unfinished Spaces (Cuba/US)

Other Screenings 

• 17 Girls

• 38 Witnesses

• 5 Broken Cameras

• Abu, Son Of Adam

• Ace Attorney

• Big Boys Gone Banana’s

• Blood In The Mobile


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