From the Huns to the Mongols to the Turks, invaders who swept in from the East have not gotten very good press in the West. For a different, hometown view of Mongolia’s world conqueror, however, you might want to view the Washington premiere of Genghis Khan, a 1998 epic filmed with an all-Mongolian cast. The hero proves a sympathetic character in this historically accurate tale, although the film depicts only the early years of the khan’s life, before he led the Mongols to major conquests. The film’s events are worthy of a Greek tragedy: The young man’s father is murdered by a rival, his wife is kidnapped by enemies, and his closest ally betrays him. One cautionary note: The many horseback battles were clearly not supervised by the Mongolian Humane Society. At 8:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute National Film Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)

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