PART of the two-day, interdisciplinary Green Festival taking place this weekend at the Washington Convention Center (see Page 4), a serving of environmentally themed short and feature films will be offered on the side, beginning Saturday morning at 11 with a screening of the nine-minute "Turtle World," by Australian Nick Hilligoss, a puppet animator whose take on rats and termites will also be included in the festival. Other offerings include the acclaimed 1999 dramatic feature "Bhopal Express" (Saturday at 7:10), about an Indian couple affected by the infamous 1984 gas accident involving Union Carbide.

Screenings take place in Room 152B of the Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW (Metro: Mount Vernon Square-Seventh Street-Convention Center). Admission to all films is included in the $10 general admission; $5 for seniors, students and bicyclists who check their bikes with bike valet parking; free for children under 12. Schedules and tickets are available at


Beginning Monday through Nov. 10, the Goethe-Institut will celebrate the films of Artur Brauner, a German producer who, in addition to light romances and mysteries, is known for movies honoring victims of Nazism. Brauner's earliest film on this theme, the 1948 "Morituri," opens the 10-film festival with a story about a group of escaped concentration camp prisoners who act as judge and jury when a young German soldier falls into their hands.

Screenings are at 812 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). $5; $3 for seniors, students and children. For more information, call 202-289-1200 or visit


It's time once again for the American Film Institute's annual roundup of contemporary Latin American cinema. Beginning Wednesday at 6:30 at the AFI Silver Theatre with screenings of the Chilean "Three Nights on a Saturday" and the Costa Rican "Marasmus," the Latin American Film Festival runs through Oct. 3 and includes more than 30 features from 13 countries. Next week also marks the opening of the AFI's series dedicated to the films of Elio Petri, beginning with the Italian director's 1970 "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" on Monday at 6:30 at the AFI's National Film Theater at the Kennedy Center. The series runs through Oct. 19.

Screenings take place at both the AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring), and Kennedy Center theater (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Tickets are $8.50; $7.50 for students, seniors and members. For information, call 301-495-6700 or visit

-- Michael O'Sullivan