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 their website and their education page. The mission of their education is to: Engage students in CORE content; use film viewing and filmmaking as tools to conquering the achievement gap; connect film literacy to reading and writing skills; use film viewing as a springboard to discussion of difficult and challenging subject matter; and provide timely professional development for teachers and administrators.

Each experience listed below entails a movie screening with a pre- and post-film discussion the day of the event.

SCREENING OF “HIDDEN FIGURES" (March Lottery)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Description: Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Directed by Theodore Melfi (ST. VINCENT), the stellar cast includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell. DIR/PROD Theodore Melfi; SCR Allison Schroeder, from the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 5/8/17, 5/9/17, 5/10/17, 5/11/17, 5/12/17
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event:  2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: Science, English, Social Studies
Grades: 6th-12th

for Hidden Figures

SCREENING OF "QUEEN OF KATWE" (March Lottery)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
Description: “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Dates: 5/15/17, 5/17/17, 5/18/17
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of the Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connection: World Studies, Social Studies
Grades: 6th-12th  

for Queen of Katwe


Previous Events

SCREENING OF “RACE" 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
This screening is a bio-pic of Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. This screening will be accompanied by a reading/ lesson with discussion questions, a glossary of film terms and an assignment customized to the needs of the teacher’s objectives.  There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 1/25/2017, 1/26/2017, 1/27/2017, 2/23/2017 Note:Dates are flexible. Please submit alternate dates if these dates do not work with your schedule.
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event:  2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, History/Geography, Diversity
Grades: 9th-12th

Race was available in the December Lottery

SCREENING OF "GLORY" 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
The main character, Shaw, was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War, who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy and of his own fellow officers. This screening will be accompanied by a reading/ lesson with discussion questions, a glossary of film terms and an assignment customized to the needs of the teacher’s objectives.  There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Dates: 2/22/2017, 2/24/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of the Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities, Media/Film
Curriculum Connection: Social Studies
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th 

Glory was available in the December Lottery

SCREENING OF “HE NAMED ME MALALA” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
When 11-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai began detailing her experiences in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for the BBC, she had no idea what momentous changes were coming in her life. Her father, Ziauddin, a school founder and dedicated teacher, was outspoken in his belief that girls had a right to an education. As they continued to speak out against restrictions imposed by extremists, Ziauddin received constant death threats. But it was Malala who was almost killed, shot in the head by a gunman on her way home from school.
Instead of being cowed by this horrific attack, Malala began to use the international attention she attracted to advocate for the cause of girls’ education worldwide. At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala has continued to focus on the effort to give all girls safe schools, qualified teachers, and the materials they need to learn. The film He Named Me Malala both celebrates her dedication to this cause and gives the viewer insight into her motivation. 
Date: March 7, 2017 and March 8, 2017. Dates are flexible. Please submit alternate dates if these dates do not work with your schedule.
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 15 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts
Grades: 6th-12th

He Named Me Malala was available in the December Lottery

SCREENING OF "NOT ONE LESS" 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each day and promises her an extra 10 yuan if there's not one less student when he returns. Within days, poverty forces the class troublemaker, Zhang Huike, to leave for the city to work. Minzhi, possessed of a stubborn streak, determines to bring him back. She enlists the 26 remaining pupils in earning money for her trip. She hitches to Jiangjiakou City and begins her search. The boy, meanwhile, is there, lost and begging for food. Minzhi's stubbornness may be Huike and the village school's salvation. This screening will be accompanied by a reading/ lesson with discussion questions, a glossary of film terms and an assignment customized to the needs of the teacher’s objectives.  There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 3/6/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of the Event: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Film
Curriculum Connection: World Studies
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Not One Less was available in the December Lottery

SCREENING OF “14-18: THE NOISE AND THE FURY” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Using primarily archival footage, this film tells the story of World War I through the narration of a fictional French soldier. It explains everything students need to know about the "war to end all wars" in 2 hours. Appropriate for Veterans' Day.
Date: 11/9/2016, 11/10/2016 (Veteran's Day Event). Dates are flexible. Please submit alternate dates if these dates do not work with your schedule.
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event:  2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography
Grades: 9th-12th

Screening of the "14-18: The Noise and the Fury" was available in the Fall Lottery

SCREENING OF “THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER" 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
A screening of the 1938 version of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. The screening is accompanied by a study guide and pre and post screening discussion in the historic 1938 art deco theater.
Date: 10/20/2016 This date is flexible. Please submit alternate dates if these dates do not work with your schedule.
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies
Grades: 6th-7th

Screening of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was available in the Fall Lottery

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