“Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round”
Segregation only happened in the Deep South, right? Um … no. “Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round” is a documentary in progress about the protest that led to the integration of Glen Echo Amusement Park in Maryland. In 1960, a group led by Howard University students and Jewish groups from the surrounding community organized a sit-in on the carousel at the whites-only park. (The amusement park closed in 1968, but the carousel still operates today.) Director Ilana Trachtman will show advance clips from the movie, due next year, and will take part in a post-screening discussion along with some of the protesters who appear in the film.
National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Thu., 7 p.m., free.
The 48 Hour Film Project
Some movies take years to create. With the 48 Hour Film Project, an international competition, filmmakers have just two days to get the job done. Over a weekend earlier this month, D.C.-area filmmakers rushed to produce movies that adhere to one of two randomly chosen genres and contain three specified elements: a particular line of dialogue, a character and a prop. You can see the fruits of their (insane) labors when D.C.’s competing movies are screened this weekend. The winner will go on to compete against the winners in the other cities.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri. & Sat., various times, $13.
“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word”
It’s been a while since the Catholic Church has produced a rock star like Pope Francis — and now we can hang out with him! The documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” from director Wim Wenders (“Pina”), takes us behind the popemobile for an intimate portrait of everyone’s favorite bishop of Rome. The film, which opens locally Friday, isn’t about his rise from priest to pope, but more about the message he’s come to stand for in the world’s eyes: that differences are to be respected, kindness is integral and, in the end, love is what counts.