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THURSDAY

To Bronx-bred filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, the United States never seemed exactly like home. Yet a family sojourn in Tanzania and a strong identification with the South African anti-apartheid movement didn’t provide a full sense of belonging. So Harris headed to Salvador de Bahia, the Brazilian state where Christian saints and African gods inhabit the same forms, and where the phrase “That’s my face” refers to a powerful sense of self-identification. Harris’ poetic, personal documentary That’s My Face montages family and travel footage to convey the spirit of a place that “soothes my aching heart,” in the words of the director. It will be shown with the more straightforward I Was Born a Black Woman, which uses the career of Brazil’s first black female senator to explore the issue of race in her country—where everyone says there is no discrimination, yet the most oppressed people just happen to be the ones with the darkest skin. The films screen at 7 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3111, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW. Free. (202) 357-4600. (Mark Jenkins)