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Scholars, critics, and foreign-film geeks alike heap praise upon Aleksander Dovzhenko’s “Ukraine Trilogy.” Unfortunately, for all their combined wisdom, those same people can’t seem to agree on which three of the Soviet director’s films are actually part of it. Some claim that the trilogy comprises Zvenigora and Arsenal (both made in 1928), and 1930’s Earth, while others state that the set actually begins with Arsenal and ends with 1932’s Ivan. Earth, Dovzhenko’s last silent film—about a village of Ukrainian farmers who unite against a wealthy landowner to purchase a tractor—is considered by most to be his masterpiece. Ask the person sitting next to you if she’ll at least agree to that much when the film screens at 6:15 p.m. at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Matthew Borlik)