“The Quiet Man”
If you’ve got a friend who whines about not liking Westerns, you should seriously consider not being that person’s friend anymore. Second, if you’ve got a friend who doesn’t like John Wayne because “he only does Westerns,” have we got a treat for you! This weekend the AFI Silver is showing “The Quiet Man,” a very funny comedy starring the Duke himself. Wayne plays a boxer (not a cowboy!) who moves back to Ireland and eventually falls in love with Maureen O’Hara, but not until after much mayhem. This Technicolor feast for the eyes was nominated for best picture in 1953, and John Ford took home the best director Oscar. So see the movie and then go out for a big honkin’ steak lunch, pilgrim.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., $10.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
It’s time to go green in the dark again with the largest and longest-running environmentally focused festival in the country. The event kicks off Thursday with “The Last Animals,” about people who are working to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. The opening-night lineup also includes “The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes,” a virtual reality short that guests can watch on headsets during the reception if they don’t want to talk to anyone. Over the following 10 days, expect a cavalcade of shorts, documentaries, features and Q&As with directors, experts and subjects. Try to bike or walk to the screenings or everyone will make fun of you.
Various locations; Thu. through March 25, various times, free-$35 per screening; go to dceff.org for details.
“The Rape of Recy Taylor”
In Alabama in 1944, Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American woman, was raped by six white men. Taylor accused the men and the NAACP sent its chief rape investigator — Rosa Parks. Parks was unsuccessful at even getting a trial, as two all-white, all-male juries refused to indict. “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a new documentary that connects the crime against Taylor (who died last year at age 97) to the beginnings of the civil rights movement, is getting a free showing at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; a discussion will follow.
National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW; Fri., 7 p.m., sold out, go to etix.com for details on ticket availability.