AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture; honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of filmmakers. The AFI Silver presents the richness of American and world cinema, exploring all forms of the moving image in the digital era and sees the screen itself as a source of literacy, learning and vision for the future. View more information on their Member Feature Page.

 

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Screening of “Hidden Figures” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

HIDDEN FIGURES tells the stories of three real African-American women working at NASA--Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—who were the brains behind the 1962 launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Suspenseful and entertaining, HIDDEN FIGURES is a great film for understanding race and gender in mid-century America and for inspiring girls in STEM. It's also our most-requested film for the last two years. Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly. With pre- and post-discussion led by the AFI education team, and educational materials for classroom use from both AFI and Journeys in Film.
Date: 10/2/19 (MS); 10/3/19 (HS)
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 15 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1, read closely and make inferences (here, of a visual text); R.3, analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text; R.5, analyze the structure of texts; R.7, integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats. HIDDEN FIGURES also supports the study of history (Grade 10 Unit 5 on the Cold; Grade 11 Unit 6 on The Cold War and Unit 7 on segregation and civil rights); physics;  computer programming; and math (scientific notation, vectors, conics). 
Grades: 6th-8th (10/2); 9th-12th (10/3)
Ticket capacity 200 
Supplementary Materials: HS Teachers Guide, MS Teacher Guide, Math and Computers Focus

Screening of “Queen of Katwe” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
 This Disney film is based on a true story about a young girl from a Ugandan slum who becomes an international chess champion. Intrigued by a game in which "the little one can become the big one" (a pawn can become a queen), Phiona learns that chess can open doors to a larger world; that when you lose, you can reset the board and start over; and that support from her mentor, community and family can help her achieve her dreams. An empowering film, full of music and color, with a focus on persistence and overcoming obstacles. With pre- and post-discussion led by the AFI education team, and educational materials for classroom use from both AFI and Journeys in Film.
Date: 10/7/19 
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Learning Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.1, read closely and make inferences (here, of a visual text); R.3, analyze how and why individuals interact and develop; R.5, analyze the structure of texts. QUEEN OF KATWE also supports Grade 6 World Geography, as to compete in chess Phiona travels from her Kampala slum first around Uganda, then around Africa and internationally; it also fits with Unit 4 on Education and Equality and Unit 7 on Africa. 
Grades: 6th-8th
Ticket capacity 200 

Screening of "He Named Me Malala"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Malala Yousafzai drew international attention when she was shot by the Taliban at age 15 for being an advocate for girls’ education and blogging for the BBC about her experiences in Pakistan. At 17, she became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This documentary film celebrates her dedication to her cause, provides insight into her motivations, and explores her relationship with her parents. It shows students that young people can make a mark on the world. With pre- and post-discussion led by the AFI education team, and educational materials for classroom use from both AFI and Journeys in Film.:
Date: 10/17/19
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.5, describe how a text presents information; RH.6, identify aspects of text that reveal the point of view or purpose; RH.7 integrate visual information with other information; and SL.3, evaluate a speaker’s point of view and use of evidence and rhetoric, for those who want to study Malala’s Nobel acceptance speech. HE NAMED ME MALALA also supports Grade 6 World Geography, especially Unit 4 on Education and Equality in South Asia.
Grades: 5th - 8th 
Ticket capacity: 200 
Supplementary Materials: AFI Teachers Guide; Journeys Through Film Resources: Introductory PacketCurriculum Guide; Interactive Handouts 
 

Screening of "Bisbee '17"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
In 1917, 1700 striking miners in Bisbee, AZ, were rounded up, forced into boxcars, and deported. This documentary follows events 100 years later, when the town re-enacts this event to come terms with its history. Two brothers play their own grandfather and great-uncle, one of whom arrested the other; a young man who isn’t interested in history or activism—“it just seems like a lot of fighting,” he says—has a political awakening. Named best film of 2018 by The New York Times, BISBEE ‘17 confronts immigration, labor issues, and how the past speaks to the present, with respect for people on both sides. With pre- and post-discussion led by the AFI education team, and materials for classroom use. 
Dates: 10/22/19
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Diversity
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.5, analyze the structure of texts; R.7, integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats. BISBEE ’17 addresses topics from Grade 11 U.S. History Unit 2, including immigration and labor movements. 
Grades: 11th-12th 
Ticket capacity: 200 
 

Screening of “Wonder” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Auggie Pullman does lots of ordinary kid things—but he doesn’t look ordinary. Born with a rare genetic disorder, he’s painfully self-conscious about his face when entering middle school. But feeling like a freak makes him more typical than he realizes. WONDER is as sweet and uplifting as the best-selling novel it’s based on, with strong messages about kindness and inclusion. Like the book, it uses multiple viewpoints to illuminate the inner lives of its characters. A great example of Roger Ebert’s description of film as “an engine for empathy." With pre- and post-discussion led by the AFI education team, and materials for classroom use.
Date: 10/28/19
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Humanities: Literary Arts, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.1, read closely and make inferences; R.3, analyze how and why individuals interact and develop; R.5, analyze the structure of texts; RL.6.6, explain how an author develops the point of view of the speaker (the story is told from multiple points of view); and for those reading the book, RL.6.7, compare and contrast the experience of reading to viewing. 
Grades: 5th-8th
Ticket capacity 200
Supplementary Materials: AFI Teachers Guide
 

Screening of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

In this classic 1939 film directed by Frank Capra, a local boy scout leader, Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart), becomes a senator when party operatives view naive Smith as easy to keep in the dark while they get on with their corrupt ways. But Smith takes America and its government seriously, and with the help of his savvy, wise-cracking secretary (Jean Arthur), he decides to introduce a bill—which just happens to jeopardize their plans. A great film for studying the legislative branch, including how a bill becomes a law and how a filibuster works. With pre- and post-discussion led by the AFI education team, and materials for classroom use.
Date: 11/6/19 (MS); 11/7/19 (HS)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.1, cite evidence to support analysis; RH.2, determine central ideas; RH.3, identify key steps in a process (here, how a bill becomes a law); RH.5, describe how a text presents information. MR SMITH supports Grade 11 Unit 4 on the Great Depression and Grade 12 Units 2-4 on the Constitution, including the legislative branch of government, how a bill becomes a law, and who legislators represent (constituents, party, and/or own convictions), and the role of media in government.
Grades: 6th-8th (11/6); 9th-12th (11/7)
Ticket capacity: 200
Supplementary Materials: AFI Teachers Guide
 

Screening of “Wadjda” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Wadjda is a strong, funny, enterprising Saudi girl who wants to buy a bicycle so she can race her friend Abdullah. When she hears of a Qur’an-reciting competition with a cash prize, she is determined to win so she can buy the bike. WADJDA is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Writer/director Haifaa Al-Mansour wanted to represent daily life in her country accurately, including the restrictions upon girls and women, and how they manage. Women’s exclusion from public space made filming this a creative challenge. In Arabic with English subtitles (to which the viewer adjusts quickly—really!) With pre- and post-discussion led by the AFI education team, and educational materials for classroom use from both AFI and Journeys in Film.
Date: 11/13/19
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 15 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Diversity
Learning Standards: ELA-Literacy.R.1; read closely (here, a visual text) and make inferences; R.3, analyze how and why individuals interact and develop; R.5, analyze the structure of texts; R.7 develop media literacy. WADJDA is perfect for Grade 6 World Geography Unit 3 on the Middle East and religion.
Grades: 6th-8th
Ticket capacity: 200
Supplementary Materials: AFI Teachers Guide

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