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NOVEMBER 14-28

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A 36-film tour of recent (since 1953) Latin America, this series groups its shorts (the longest 43 minutes) by basic themes, from “The Land” (Nov. 14, 6 p.m.) to “Creativity and Expression” (Nov. 28, 6 p.m.). The topics include families and the way their domestic routines are controlled by radio (Brickmakers, in “People at Work,” Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m.) or television (The Bogeyman, pictured, in “Masculine/Feminine,” Nov. 21, 6 p.m.); the mothers and grandmothers who protested for the “disappeared” at Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo (Missing Children, in “Change and Conflict,” Nov. 21, 1 p.m.); cults whose members cover their entire left sides to ward off evil or venerate a 19th-century bandit (The Most Holy Brotherhood and The Cross of Gil, in “Heroes and Healers,” Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m.); and a condemned Nicaraguan man’s escape into reveries of baseball (In the Centerfielder, in “Creativity and Expression,” Nov. 28, 6 p.m.). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)