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THROUGH NOVEMBER 7
Washington-based Ethiopian director Haile Gerima makes both documentaries and fiction films, set both in Africa and the United States. This series offers a survey of his work, which ranges from the 150-minute Harvest: 3,000 Years, a docudrama about a African peasant family’s battle against near-feudal status (Oct. 16) to After the Winter: Sterling Brown, a 60-minute portrait of the poet and former Howard University professor (Nov. 7). The retrospective also includes Gerima’s best-known films, Bush Mama, about the travails of an inner-city mother (Oct. 9); and Ashes and Embers, an account of a Vietnam veteran’s difficult homecoming (Oct. 30). Each screening will be introduced by an African-cinema scholar. All films at 3 p.m. at the National Museum of African Art’s Lecture Hall, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (Mark Jenkins)