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The January film screening of the SIS film series, 3rd Thursdays, will take place on January 16th, at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be held in the Abramson Family Founders Room at the School of International Service. This series fosters global understanding through an engaging lineup of documentary films provided by Washington, D.C. embassies.
Chef Geoff's, a local New Mexico Avenue bistro a few doors down from SIS, is offering a complimentary glass of wine or dessert to 3rd Thursday film goers. Chef Geoff's is just a five minute walk from the university.
This month, SIS will screen a film sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Center titled,
“Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero.”
In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the Disappeared - all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government. Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monseñor Óscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.
Romero broke off ties with the military and aligned himself with the poor, delivering messages of hope in weekly sermons which became national events. Encouraging direct action against oppression, Romero's speaking impacted political events in El Salvador that still have meaning to this day.
With rare recordings and film footage from Romero's own collection and a wide range of interviews from those whose lives were changed by Archbishop Romero, including church activists, human rights lawyers, former guerrilla fighters and politicians, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero is a timely portrait of one individual's quest to speak truth to the rich and powerful forces which dominated his government.
The film screening is sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Center and is meant to accompany the exhibit, Central America's Past Revealed, currently on display at the center.
Learn more about the exhibit here: http://latino.si.edu/
Co-sponsored by the Kay Spirital Life Center and the American Dream student association
View the 3rd Thursday webpage for updates. american.edu/sis/film
The monthly screenings are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Parking is available in the garage beneath the School of International Service building located at the intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues, NW.
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