Free Movie Weekend: Honoring Black History Month
A new month brings a whole new list of free movies to enjoy in and around Washington.
This week you can get ready for Oscar season, celebrate Black History Month, even unleash your inner Trekkie. And the only price you’ll have to pay is the cost of gas.
You won’t even have to miss the game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Here’s the latest list of free films in DC for the week starting February 2nd:
- 2pm: The Little Mermaid (1989), Disney’s animated classic about a stubborn young mermaid who wants to be Part of That World out of the sea. Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song (“Part of That World”). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2:30pm: Ashes and Diamonds (1958). The Washington premiere of this digitally restored Polish political thriller, playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: The Times of Harvey Milk (1984), the Academy Award winning documentary about San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official, murdered by one of his colleagues. Inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012, at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: Rhino Season (2012). A rescreening of the film starring Monica Bellucci as a woman wrongfully imprisoned who flees to Turkey after her release, leaving behind a husband she thinks is dead. He comes looking for her 20 years later. Part of the Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 4:30pm: Garbo: The Spy (2008). A documentary about a British double-agent credited for much of the success of the Normandy invasion. Part of the series Isaki Lacuesta: The Artist’s Ruse at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 12pm: Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (2002). A 40-minute documentary about the Alabama woman whose refusal to move to the back of the bus helped to spark the civil rights movement. At the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Watermelon Man (1970). The Melvin Van Peebles classic about a bigoted white man who learns what it’s like to be black, firsthand. Part of the Washington Psychotropic Film Society’s salute to Black History Month, at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Odessa… Odessa! (2005). A globe-trotting documentary about the vanishing Jewish community in Odessa, Ukraine; the “Little Odessa” neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Ashdod, Israel. $10 donation suggested. At Bloombars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 7:30pm: The Piano Teacher (2001), a psychological thriller by the Academy Award nominated director of one of this year’s Best Picture nominees, Amour. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 7pm: The Last Step (2012). An actress in a strained marriage comes to grips with her husband’s unexpected death. Part of the Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7:30pm: Star Trek: First Contact (1996). The crew of the Starship Enterprise travels back in time to resist the Borg’s first contact with Earth. Part of the series “Star Trek: Where No Shatner Has Gone Before” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.