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FRIDAY TO THURSDAY
It took only a few days for “Why can’t we all just get along?” to become a punch line, but Search for Common Ground has taken the question very seriously since 1987. That’s when the organization began producing films that seek to “emphasize the common humanity shared by people in conflict.” This year’s Common Ground Film Festival presents 21 features and shorts that find shared humanity in a lot of places where it seems to be in short supply. War and Peace (at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2) begins with nuclear tests in India and Pakistan and takes inspiration from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi—which was not enough to prevent it from being banned in India. Blacks and Jews (at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2) examines five cases that exemplify the relations between Jews and African-Americans. Facing the Enemy (at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4) documents a young woman’s quest to meet the IRA man who placed the bomb that blew up her father in 1984. Picture Me an Enemy tells the stories of two women from the former Yugoslavia, one Croatian and one Bosnian (also at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4). Kontum Dairy: The Journey Home (at 9:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4) follows a once-bitter American Vietnam War veteran who traveled to Vietnam to return a diary he found on the battlefield. In Two States of Mind (pictured, at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5), two women—an Israeli and a Palestinian—must rely on each other to survive in the Moroccan desert. Family Across the Sea (at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7) investigates the similarities and divergences between South Carolina’s Gullahs and the people of Sierra Leone, the Gullahs’ ancestral home. The festival runs to Thursday, Nov. 7, at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $6.50-$10. (202) 667-0090. (Mark Jenkins)