ANDRIS Slapins, a Latvian documentary filmmaker was killed Jan. 20 when he filmed an attack by Soviet internal security troops on the Interior Ministry at Riga in the Soviet Union. Slavins's death interrupted an ongoing documentary he'd been making on the Latvian independence movement. In tribute, the Smithsonian will be showing one of his films, "Chukota, Land of Memories," at 11 Sunday.
The ethnographic documentary, which will be introduced by curator William Fitzhugh, will also serve as an introduction to an all-day Margaret Mead festival at the Museum of Natural History. "The Human Legacy Through Film: A Day-Long Look at Ourselves," includes seven anthropological films, culled from the 14th annual Margaret Mead Film Festival's 45 selections. The free films will be shown from 12:30 to 5:30 Sunday in the Baird Auditorium. They'll be repeated Feb. 9.
The mini festival, whose film subjects range from New York taxi drivers to the Jewish diaspora in Argentina, starts at 12:30 with "The Japanese Version" by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker. It's followed at 1:30 by "The Women Who Smile" by Joanna Head and Jean Lydell. After that, it's Jan Krawitz's "Mirror, Mirror" at 2:20; then Chris Owen's "Man Without Pigs" at 2:40; Joe Berlinger's "Outrageous Taxi Stories" at 3:45; "Black Mother, Black Daughter" by Sylvia Hamilton and Claire Prieto at 4:15; and Moises Ville's "The Yidishe Gauchos" at 4:50. Call 202/357-1756
PALESTINIAN filmmaker Mai Masri will attend "Children of Fire," her BBC documentary about the human side of the West Bank conflict, and will answer questions afterwards. The event, at 7 Saturday at American University's Wechsler Theatre (on the third floor of the Mary Graydon Center), is free. Call 202/885-2047.
AS PART OF Black History Month, the Black Film Institute is sponsoring "Image and Identity," a month-long festival showing "portraits of heroes in battlefields and in neighborhoods." It kicks off Tuesday night at 6:30 with Otto Preminger's "Carmen Jones," introduced by local filmmaker Michelle Parkerson. It's followed Thursday by Charles ("To Sleep With Anger") Burnett's first feature, "Killer of Sheep"; and continues with Marlon Riggs's "Tongues Untied" (Feb. 12); Edward Zwick's "Glory" (Feb. 19); and Ousmane Sembene's "Camp de Thiaroye" (Feb. 21). All shows are at 6:30 and are free. "Jones," "Tongues" and "Glory" will be screened in Room A5 of the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. The others will be shown in Building 41, Room A03, at the University of the District of Columbia's Van Ness campus. Call 202/727-2396 or 202/727-1271.
"IMPROMPTU," a new movie featuring Judy Davis as George Sand and Hugh Grant as Chopin, will be shown at 9 Saturday at the National Air and Space Museum. Tickets for the event, which includes a 7:30 candle-lit buffet dinner at the museum's Wright Place restaurant, is $48 ($38 Smithsonian Residents Associates). Call 202/357-3030.