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When National Geographic says “all roads,” it’s not thinking of Military or Adams Mill. The third annual All Roads Film Festival (which also boasts live music and photo exhibitions) means to acquaint viewers with byways beyond most Americans’ experience. Friday’s program features Arctic Son (at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6), in which an aimless Washington-state teen is introduced to life in a Yukon Territory town where liquor is banned and dinner is fished from an ice-covered lake. Saturday offers a three-film program (at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7) about life in Israel and the West Bank, including Zero Degrees of Separation, in which two Israeli-Palestinian same-sex couples try to maintain relationships that challenge local religion, tradition, and politics. Sunday’s program (at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8) pairs two tales of immigration: Sueños Binacionales tracks indigenous agricultural workers from Oaxaca to the United States, and The Journey of Vann Nguyen (pictured)follows a young woman, born in Israel to Vietnamese “boat people,” on her first visit to her parents’ homeland. Among the other programs are “Protecting Paradise” (at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7), which features two films about threats to South Pacific islands and their cultures, and “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” (at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7), a program of shorts about women’s traditional beliefs. The musical attraction is Emmanuel Jal (at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6), a former Sudanese child soldier who’s now an Afro-trip-hopper with an album titled Ceasefire. The Festival runs to Sunday, Oct. 8, at the National Geographic Society Headquarters, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $8. (202) 857-7700. See Showtimes for details. (Mark Jenkins)