OCTOBER 7-15

A crash course in Venezuelan film, this miniseries does 40 years in two weekends. Included are such disparate efforts as Araya, a social documentary about salt-mine workers (shown with Young Cain, pictured, Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.); The Smoking Fish, the tale of two rivals for the affections of a brothel owner (Oct. 8, 6 p.m.); The Movie Picture Man, an account of the difficult existence of a man who travels from village to village showing movies (screens with a program of short films, Oct. 14, 2:30 p.m.); and Orinoko, a lyrical, wordless meditation on the mythic South American river (Oct. 15, 6 p.m.). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)

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