Alexandria Film Festival
The Alexandria Film Festival has been around for 11 years now, but that doesn’t mean it can’t do something new. This year, the festival is introducing the Family Showcase, featuring six mainly short films that appeal to younger viewers, and two Salute to Service Members showcases, both of which offer films about military service (veterans and active-duty service members and one guest get in for free). Other screenings include “Saawan,” Pakistan’s 2018 Oscars entry; an Autism Awareness Showcase, featuring three documentaries about people on the autism spectrum; and the world premiere of “Her Tango,” a locally shot film about a man who copes with grief by learning the Argentine dance. There are also tons of Q&As with filmmakers, and the whole thing wraps up with a reception and awards ceremony Sunday.
AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria; Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria; Thu.-Sun., various times, free-$15 for individual tickets, $50 for all-event pass.
“The Problem With Apu”
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a beloved character on “The Simpsons.” His portrayal, says comedian Hari Kondabolu, is also racist. Kondabolu confronts Apu’s representation of Indian culture in “The Problem With Apu,” an hour-long documentary featuring interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Hasan Minhaj and other South Asian writers and performers. Smithsonian Associates is giving you the opportunity to see the film early — it premieres on truTV on Nov. 19 — and hear a post-screening discussion with Kondabolu and NPR’s Elizabeth Blair. The free event is full, but you can call 202-633-3030 to get on the waitlist.
National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Wed., 7 p.m., free.
Bong Joon-ho, who gave us the insane “Snowpiercer” in 2013, brought “Okja” to Netflix earlier this year. But wait! Don’t cue it up yet! You can see this (insane) heartwarming (and insane) story — about the relationship between a little girl and her super-pig as they take on an evil corporation — on the big screen this week. Tilda Swinton plays two roles (the CEO and her twin sister), because of course Tilda Swinton does. A note: “Okja” LOOKS like a family movie. We assure you it is not. Also, you might become a vegetarian afterward, so get your burger BEFORE you go.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Sat. through Nov. 16, various times, $13.