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Kuwaiti filmmaker Walid Al-Awadi woke up on Sept. 11, 2001, in a New York City hotel room, where his universal sense of horror was shaped by a unique perspective: The attack reminded him of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of his homeland. He decided to make a documentary, Dreams Without Sleep, which follows five hyphen-Americans—with roots, some quite recent, in Lebanon, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Africa, and Ireland—who dealt with the cataclysm professionally (as fireman, doctor, or TV reporter) and personally. Al-Awadi’s film is billed as “the only documentary on the events of September 11 produced by an Arab and Muslim filmmaker,” but the director’s personal connection to the events is left unexplored. The result is a deft account that will fascinate people who want to know more about 9/11, but probably won’t grab those who’ve had enough of images of the burning Twin Towers. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. For reservation information call (202) 338-0211 (ext. 11). (Mark Jenkins)