Indies & Arties: Caribbean Dreams

June 2, 2010

The 2010 D.C. Caribbean Filmfest spans the weekend at AFI Silver. The three days are chock-full of diverse, enlightening fare, from a biopic about the life of great Cuban bandleader Benny More to an exploration of the rise of Jamaican reggae as a cultural and musical rebellion, to a coming-of-age story set in the days of post-”Papa Doc” Duvalier Haiti. The closing-night event, a screening of “Punta Soul,” about the Garifuna music movement in Belize, will feature director Nyasha Laing and costs only $5.
» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; opens Fri., through Sun.; 410-495-6700. (Silver Spring)

An Island in Tumult
Hou Hsaio-hsien’s “A City of Sadness” is one of the most important cinematic works from Taiwan. Set during the days of the island’s occupation by Japan and its secession from China, the 1989 film homes in on the lives of ordinary people whose struggles play out against the background of historic upheaval. “A City of Sadness” comes to the Freer Gallery’s Myer Auditorium on Sunday as part of “Two Restored Taiwanese Masterpieces“; next weekend will feature Edward Yang’s “A Brighter Summer Day.”
» Freer Gallery, Jefferson Drive & 12th Street SW; Sun., 2 p.m., free with ticket distributed one hour before screening; 202-633-1000. (Smithsonian)

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