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Ever since Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman grew their hair to play Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in All the President’s Men, movie studios have cranked out high- stakes thrillers about investigative journalists, those hardworking scribes who will stop at nothing to tell the truth. In Germany, a nation similarly concerned with the pursuit of truth, a recent contribution to this genre is The Lies of the Victors, which follows a pair of reporters as they try to determine why a veteran committed suicide by jumping into the lion enclosure at the zoo. When their research leads them to a toxic chemical plant, those in power begin to fight back, leaving the journalists racing to get their stories out before they’re silenced. The film screens at the Goethe-Institut as part of its “Surveillance Blind” series, which examines the impact of government surveillance on the activities of people around the world. Keep your guard up: You never know who’s watching. The film shows at 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St. NW. $4–$7. (202) 289-1200. washington.goethe.de.