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Washingtonians can be forgiven for not knowing that the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival is in its ninth year, because the eight previous editions of this fest’s touring package didn’t stop here. And now that the event has finally arrived, its concluding weekend inconveniently overlaps with the higher-profile Filmfest D.C. Still, the HRW festival offers several worthwhile films. Saturday’s lineup includes Crossroads (at 2 p.m.), a 60-minute documentary about an improvised boomtown created by refugees from the Tutsi-Hutu blood feud; Coming Out (at 4 p.m.), an East German feature about a closeted gay teacher that debuted the day the Berlin Wall came down; and Beyond Barbed Wire (at 7 p.m.), a documentary about the Japanese-Americans who left U.S. concentration camps to fight in World War II in American uniforms, which will be shown with the short Visas and Virtue (pictured), a moving docudrama about a Japanese consul in Lithuania who issued some 2,000 transit visas to Jewish refugees despite his government’s objections. On Sunday, the films showing all concern women’s issues: In My Father’s House (at 2 p.m.) examines the significance of female virginity in Moroccan society, and in Four Women of Egypt (at 4 p.m.), longtime friends discuss how their relationships have survived political and religious differences. Most of the screenings will be followed by question-and-answer periods or discussions. Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25, at Georgetown University Law Center’s Moot Court Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. $5 per screening. (202) 544-6070. (Mark Jenkins)