The Avalon Theatre

The nonprofit, community supported historic Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase, DC is a film and education center that entertains, educates and inspires the metropolitan Washington, DC community. View their website and their education page.

A BETTER LIFE (MARCH LOTTERY)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
“A Better Life” – is a touching film that highlights the struggles of undocumented Latina immigrants in Los Angeles, for whom ordinary problems can easily turn into personal catastrophes and who cannot go to the police or the courts for protection. A father’s struggles with his son, as he attempts to provide him with opportunities he never had add an important dimension to this engrossing story. Adrian Alvarez, an attorney with the Children’s Law Center has dealt with immigration issues in Texas while clerking for a Federal judge and will lead a discussion following the screening.
Dates 5/9/2017 (6th-8th), 5/10/2017 (9th-12th)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location:Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities, Media/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th on 5/9, 9th-12th on 5/10
View Study Guide Education Materials Here.
View Film Trailer Here.

 for A Better Life 

RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (MARCH LOTTERY)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
Rabbit-Proof Fence” is a feature film about the conflict between Australia’s white European settlers and indigenous people.  In 1931, three half-caste children from Western Australia are taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution where they are “taught” to forget their families and culture and to re-invent themselves as members of “white” Australian society. A daring escape is planned and the girls begin an epic journey home, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water. Adele Langton, an attorney who was born and raised in Australia and is knowledgeable about the issues raised in the film, will provide background and participate in a Q & A following the film.
Dates 6/6/17
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location:Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Civics/Law, Diversity, Visual Arts, Foreign Language
Curriculum Connections: Civics/Social Studies/Visual Arts/Film
Grades: 6-8
View Study Guide Education Materials Here
View Film Trailer Here

 for Rabbit-Proof Fence


Previous Events

A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
"A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story" is a remarkable documentary that follows the inspiring journey of 26 year old Lizzie, born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight. She was bullied as a child for looking different and this continued online when she was a teenager.  These painful experiences motivated her to work to bring about change and address the issue of bullying that affects so many people, young and old.
Dates: 10/18/2016 (6th-8th), 10/19/2016 (9th-12th)
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities, Media/Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6-12

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story was available in the Fall Lottery

THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
Irena Sendler was one of the most remarkable heroes of World War II, saving 2500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland. As a social worker with access to the Warsaw Ghetto, Irena realized that thousands of children were in danger. She recruited sympathetic friends and co-workers to smuggle children out and place them in safe homes, farms and convents. At great personal risk, she devised schemes to sneak the children by Nazi guards.
Dates 12/6/2016 (6th-8th), 12/7/2016 (9th-12th)
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location:Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities, Media/ Film
Curriculum Connections:English/Language Arts, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6-12

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler was available in the Fall Lottery

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
"Soundtrack for a Revolution" tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music—the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.  The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence.  The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young. 
Dates 2/7/2017 (6th-8th), 2/8/2017 (9th-12th)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location:Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities, Media/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6-12

Soundtrack for a Revolution was available in the December Lottery

CHASING ICE  
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
“Chasing Ice” – is a powerful and beautiful documentary about environmental photographer James Balog who heads to Greenland, Iceland and Alaska to capture images that will help to convey the effects of global warming. Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but after his first trip north, he became convinced of the impact that humans have on the planet and became committed to bringing the story to the public.
Dates 3/28/2017 (6th-8th), 3/29/2017 (9th-12th)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location:Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities, Media/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6-12

Chasing Ice was available in the December Lottery

INOCENTE
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
“Inocente” is the Oscar winning, intensely personal documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Told entirely in her words, the film is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America’s youth.  The filmmakers, Andrea and Sean Fine, will participate in a Q & A following the film.
Dates 3/8/17
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours 15 mins
Location:Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Civics/Law, Diversity, Visual Arts, Foreign Language
Curriculum Connections: Civics/Social Studies/Visual Arts/Film
Grades: 6-8
View Education Study Guide Here

Inocente was available in the December Lottery

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