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On May 4, the Dutch observe their equivalent of Memorial Day, Remembrance Day, which culminates with two minutes of silence. In Holland, as elsewhere, such commemorations lose some of their import over time, so documentarian Heddy Honigmann (director of O Amor Natural and The Underground Orchestra) decided to discuss the event’s meaning with four people: writer Anna Enquist, filmmaker Netty Rosenfeld, an Amsterdam cafe owner, and the daughter of a former member of the Dutch National Socialist party. The result, 2 Minutes Silence, Please, follows the four throughout the holiday. Using four different camera crews, Honigmann captured her subjects in parallel during the day’s conclusion, and the film reportedly builds significant tension from the intercutting of the subjects’ contrasting preparations and reactions. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)