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JULY 22-30

Bombs and bullets link the three films being shown this week and next in this D.C. Jewish Community Center Screening Room series. Why the Bomb Was Dropped is an ABC News documentary that explores the issue that can’t be raised at the National Air and Space Museum: the politics of the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (pictured) and Nagasaki. Four authors and editors of books on various aspects of nuclear weaponry, Kai Bird, Gar Alperovitz, William Lanouette, and Avner Cohen, will discuss the subject after the screening (July 22 at 7 p.m.). Forever Activists!: Stories From the Veterans of the Lincoln Brigade was filmed during the 1986 reunion in Spain of Americans who battled fascism during the Spanish civil war; the former soldiers talk about the fighting and their subsequent struggles for social justice in other contexts. Director Judith Montell will discuss the film before the screening (July 22 at 6 p.m.). On the Beach is the 1959 Cold War drama about the survivors of a nuclear war that has killed everyone in the Northern Hemisphere (July 28 at 7:30 p.m.). At the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Sts. NW. $5. (202) 884-0060. (Mark Jenkins)