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While the camera tracks through the crowded, exotic streets of Tangier, author/composer Paul Bowles’ voice-over explains that he considers himself a “complete outsider” there, the city where he’s lived for more than 40 years. As Catherine Warnow and Regina Weinreich’s 60-minute documentary expands, though, it becomes clear that Morocco is not the only place where Bowles feels out of place. He and such friends and admirers as Ned Rorem and Allen Ginsberg note that Bowles didn’t fit particularly well into his family, New York, or the heterosexual world. A group house run by W.H. Auden, the imperious advice of Gertrude Stein, and an unconventional marriage to Jane Bowles were natural choices for The Sheltering Sky‘s author, who admits he prefers being a stranger in the world. “Life isn’t about other people,” he says. “It’s about one’s self against the world.” Wednesday-Friday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)