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The Republic of Serbia may not be particularly known for its films, but the first Washington Serbian Film Fest seeks to change that by introducing D.C. audiences to the best of the young nation’s contemporary cinema. The two-night, four-film festival is in fact a traveling version of the Chicago Serbian Film Fest—the Windy City is home to the largest concentration of Serbians in the U.S. Of particular interest is the award-winning No One’s Child (Ničije dete), Vuk Ršumović’s compelling debut film, based on real events, about a boy found living among wolves in the Bosnian mountains in the late 1980s. A historical drama by Serbian actor-turned-director Radoš Bajić, For King and Homeland (Za kralja i otadžbinu), revolves around an elderly Serbian-American immigrant who returns to Serbia 70 years after having fought in the resistance against the German occupation during World War II. For sports fans, We Will Be the World Champions (Bićemo prvaci sveta) explores the development of basketball in Yugoslavia and a pivotal game in which the nation beat the U.S. in the 1970 World Championship. Despite its political turmoil and small size, Serbia’s film exports are refreshingly diverse. The films show at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $25. (202) 783-9494. serbianfilmfest.com.