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OCT. 28–30

Don’t expect to glimpse I-95 or the Champs Elysées in this selection of movies; the roads documented here are less traveled—at least by Westerners. The fest’s feature-length movies are Baytong (pictured; at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28), a Thai film that offers a Buddhist view of terrorism; Arna’s Children (at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28), a documentary about a teacher who returns to a Palestinian refugee camp to learn what his former students are doing now; and Soldiers of the Rock (at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29), a tale of tensions among South African gold miners. Most of the programs are of thematically linked shorts: “A Short Trip Around the World’’ (at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29) encompasses minority-culture stories from Canada, Scotland, Israel, and New Zealand; “Ancestors, Elders, and Land” (at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30) includes films about the cultural heritages of Siberians in Russia, the Haida in Canada, and the Lakota who memorialize their forebears who died at the Wounded Knee Massacre. All three entries in “Focus on Australia’’ (at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30) are about the role of Aboriginals in that country; the emphasis of the four in “Indigenous Shorts From Latin America’’ (at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30) is self-evident. Also included are selections of animated family films (at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30; free) and world-music videos (at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30). Discussions with filmmakers follow several of the programs, which open Thursday, Oct. 28, and run through Saturday, Oct. 30, at the National Geographic Society, 1600 M St. NW. $10 per program; $64 for a festival pass. (202) 857-7700. (Mark Jenkins)