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SEPTEMBER 12-OCTOBER 26
Internationally, there’s really only one cinematic voice associated with this series’ theme, London-based novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, who scripted My Beautiful Laundrette (Oct. 3 at 7 p.m., Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.). Laundrette is a good introduction to the complexity of the writer’s worldview: It addresses issues of gay as well as ethnic identity, and contrasts working-class Anglos with upscale Indo-Pakistanis. The program also includes the four-hour British TV adaptation of Kureishi’s novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, in which an Indo-Pakistani Muslim teenager deals with (among other things) his father’s conversion to Buddhism (Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.); Brothers in Trouble, a 1996 film about the expectations of first-generation Pakistani immigrants in Britain (pictured, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.); Towers of Silence, an experimental film about religion and rebellion (Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.); and Immaculate Conception, which flips the series’ premise: It’s about an infertile Anglo-American couple in Pakistan (Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.). At the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th & Jefferson Dr. SW. FREE. (202) 357-3200. (Mark Jenkins)