You might not expect “Trophy,” a documentary about big game hunting, to present both sides of the story — how can there even be two sides when one side has big guns that they sometimes use to kill endangered species? The film proves the issue is more nuanced: There’s the lifelong hunter who treats every animal he kills with a respect bordering on the sacred; there’s the preservationist who works with hunters, using their fees to support his larger efforts. Behind it all is an examination not only of the morality of hunting, but of a new kind of colonialism and even capitalism itself. No matter what side you’re on, only the most closed-minded viewers won’t find themselves challenged by what they see. Just be aware: Some of the images are disturbing. But sometimes that’s just how reality is.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri. through Oct. 5, $10-$13.
D.C. Palestinian Film and Arts Festival
The film part of this annual showcase of works from Palestinian artists doesn’t start till Oct. 5, but the entertainment begins Monday with “I Am From There, I Am From Here,” an hour of storytelling, music and theater at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW; 6 p.m., free). Kicking off the movie portion is “Ghost Hunting,” a documentary about Palestinian men brought together to try to reconstruct the horrors of their captivity in an Israeli interrogation center. Another highlight: Director Cherien Dabis (“Amreeka”), the festival’s spotlight artist, will give a talk about the representation of Palestinians on screen.
Various locations; Oct. 5-8, $12 per film, $75 festival pass.
“Black Sabbath: The End of the End”
Please put down your popcorn before commencing the head-banging that will ensue during “Black Sabbath: The End of the End.” The documentary about the legendary metal band focuses on the final concert of “The End” tour, which wrapped up earlier this year. It’s more than a concert film, though, because members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler all offer thoughts and insight into what is arguably the daddy (or granddaddy?) of all metal bands. It’s a one-night-only chance to see a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; Thu., 7 p.m., $15.