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After years of military-government rule, Chilean filmmakers are enjoying new freedom in the ’90s. This series captures some of the headiness of the resurgent cinema, including films that examine social and political issues that would never have made it to the screen a decade ago. Director Miguel Littin, who also has a film in AFI’s Gabriel Garcia Marquez series, will appear to introduce the first of two screenings of his Shipwrecked, in which a man returns to his country after 20 years to find his nightmares intertwined with reality (Sept. 16 at 8 p.m., Sept. 21 at 6:15 p.m.). Among the other films are The Moon on the Mirror, about a retired sailor who erects a system of mirrors to keep his son’s life (and new romance) under observation (Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 21 at 3:15 p.m.); Archipelago, the story of a man involved in anti-government activities who begins to have visions after being shot (Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 21 at 4:45 p.m.); The Frontier, a Berlin Film Festival hit about an exiled professor and his disquieting memories (Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., Sept. 20 at 4:15 p.m.); and Toffee or Mint, in which an adolescent inhabitant of a Santiago shantytown explores a criminal career and romance with an upscale woman (Sept. 18 at 8:15 p.m., Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.). At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 828-4090. (Mark Jenkins)