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THURSDAY

When a woman takes a “micro-loan” (generally the equivalent of $60) from Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, she doesn’t just promise to repay the money. She also vows to exercise, use pit latrines, drink clean water, practice family planning, and neither give nor receive dowries when her children marry. The full list of pledges is called the “sixteen decisions,” which is also the title of Gayle Ferraro’s hourlong documentary about the small bank and its big successes. The film personifies the circumstances of Bangladesh’s women in the hard-working Selina, an 18-year-old who was married at 12 and has two children, and shows how small amounts of capital have improved lives—and partially transformed a culture where dowries destroy families economically and faith healers undermine public health. A discussion of Sixteen Decisions follows tonight’s screening, which begins at 7 p.m. at Loews Cineplex Foundry Theater, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. $8. (202) 333-8613. (Mark Jenkins)