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In the 15-minute documentary The Ripple Effect: Our Stories, young women of color living in D.C. speak about gangs, family, the “Latina dress code,” and more. Though the film never reveals the girls’ names, one interviewee stands out for her brave honesty and charm. “Spanish women are grown up like, ‘Oh, you gotta make tortillas 24/7 for a man, and when a man comes home…she gotta feed him,’” she says. Later she reveals that she turned to drugs and alcohol (and started skipping school) after being sexually abused by her uncle when she was 13; in the next clip, she aspires to become a politician. A project of Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana, an organization for young women of color in Ward 1, the film offers the perspective of a demographic that is easy to overlook. A panel discussion follows the screening. The Ripple Effect screens at 4 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 783-5000. (Rachel Beckman)