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One hundred years ago, Irish Republicans launched a rebellion, known as “The Easter Rising,” against the British in an attempt to form an independent nation. A century later, many Irish men and women still question what it means to be Irish against the backdrop of a shared, yet fragmented social history. The Capital Irish Film Festival—now in its 10th year and organized by the Irish arts and culture organization Solas Nua—commemorates this early 20th century insurrection through a series of alternating shorts and features. It opens with perhaps the most fitting, Older Than Ireland (pictured), in which 30 Irish centenarians reflect on their long lives in a continually evolving country. In Paddy Hayes’ Name Your Poison, we venture into 1930s New York in search of Mike Malloy, a victim of life insurance fraud famous for the absurd sequence of failed attempts on his life that earned him the nickname the “Rasputin of the Bronx.” From a short on Ireland’s hip-hop scene to a look at Northern Ireland’s “graffiti revolution”—a movement seeking to reimagine and transform the troubling sectarian slogans from the region’s turbulent recent history—the festival’s films exhibit great emotional range, with all of the stories offering unique presentations of Irish identity. The festival runs March 3 to March 6 at various venues throughout D.C. Prices vary. (202) 315-1317. solasnua.org/ciff.