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 RBG
Presented by: AFI 
Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
A lively documentary about the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from her childhood as the daughter of Brooklyn immigrants to her appointment to the Supreme Court. We see the discrimination she faced, and how the soft-spoken but tenacious Ginsburg used her experience, as well as her law knowledge, to argue milestone rights cases before the Supreme Court. It’s also a sweet love story. This inspirational film achieves a nice balance between substance and fun (with memes about “the Notorious RBG” as well as explanations of court cases). Rated PG. With pre- and post-screening discussion led by the AFI education team. 
Date: 5/5/2020
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 40 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Medium: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1, Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis; RH.6-8.3
Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies; RH.6-8.5 Describe how a text presents information; RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information  with other information in print and digital texts.
Grades: 6th-8th 
Ticket Capacity: 200 

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Screening of THE QUEEN OF KATWE
Presented by: AFI 
Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
Based on a true story about a young girl from a slum of Kampala, Uganda, 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 reset the board and start over; and that support from her mentor, community, and family makes all the difference. An empowering film, full of music and color, with a focus on persistence and overcoming obstacles. With pre- and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 5/6/2020
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 45 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Medium: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Math, Diversity
Learning Standards: Learning standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, read closely and make inferences (here, of a visual text); R.3, analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact; R.5, analyze the structure of a text; R.7, integrate visual information. QUEEN OF KATWE also supports 6th grade Social Studies' unit on Africa.
Grades: 6th-8th 
Ticket Capacity: 200 

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Screening of THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK for Pride Month
Presented by: AFI 
Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
This award-winning documentary follows the political career of Harvey Milk and portrays life in the 1970s. Milk became an icon of gay political achievement and advocacy for civil and human rights through his journey from grassroots neighborhood activist to San Francisco’s first openly gay supervisor. The film uses original interviews, exclusive documentary footage, news reports and archival footage to document the life, political visions and 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk. As powerful, moving and relevant today as when it came out in 1984. With pre- and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team. 
Date: 6/3/2020
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 30 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Medium: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Architecture/Urban Studies, Diversity
Learning Standards: Learning standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.RH.1, cite specific textual evidence; RH.3, analyze a series of events; RH.5, analyze the structure of a text; R.7, integrate visual information. Also a good add-on to 11th gr Unit 7 on Civil Rights.
Grades: 9th-12th 
Ticket Capacity: 200 

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Screening of "Not One Less"
Presented by: AFI 
Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
Set in the People's Republic of China during the 1990s, the film centers on a 13-year-old substitute teacher, Wei Minzhi, in the Chinese countryside. Called in to substitute for a village teacher for one month, Wei is told not to lose any students. When one of the boys takes off in search of work in the big city, she goes looking for him. The film addresses education reform in China, the economic gap between urban and rural populations, and the prevalence of bureaucracy. It is filmed in a documentary style with a non-professional actors essentially playing themselves, blurring the boundaries between drama and reality. In Chinese with English subtitles. With pre- and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 1/22/2020 
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 45 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies
Learning Standards: Learning standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, read closely and make inferences (here, of a visual text); R.3, analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact; R.5, analyze the structure of a text; R.7, integrate visual information. NOT ONE MORE also supports 6th grade Social Studies' unit 5 on East Asia, particularly on urbanization in China.
Grades: 6th-8th 
Ticket capacity 200 

Screening of “All the President's Men"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post research the 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat, the reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top. A suspenseful detective story that is also a great way to learn about the importance of the press, the nature of evidence, and what constitutes an impeachable offense. With pre- and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team. (PG)
Date: 1/29/2020
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  3 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Journalism
Learning Standards: Learning standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.RH.1, cite specific textual evidence; RH.3, analyze a series of events; RH.5, analyze the structure of a text; R.7, integrate visual information. The film also supports the study of history, including 8th grade Unit 4's inquiry arc question "When should a president be impeached?"; 11.12.6 on Watergate; the role a free press plays in government (the film is exceptionally faithful to how a newsroom operates); and the nature of evidence ("Critique the use of the reasoning, sequencing, and supporting details of explanations"; D4.5, RH.5, RH.8).
Grades: 8th- 12th
Ticket capacity 200 

 

Screening of "Glory"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the all-African-American 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington won an Oscar) and wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment finally gets to prove themselves in battle. Rated R for (relatively toned-down) violence, but we can show an edited version upon request. With pre- and post-screening discussion led by the AFI Education team.
Date: 02/3/2020
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours, 45 minutes.
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Diversity
Learning Standards: Learning standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.RH.1, cite specific textual evidence; RH.3, analyze a series of events; RH.5, analyze the structure of a text; R.7, integrate visual information. Also great for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3, analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision, and of course the study of the Civil War in grade 8.
Grades: 8th-12th
Ticket capacity 200
 

Screening of “13th” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

This powerful award-winning documentary explores mass incarceration in the United States through analysis of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery “except as a punishment for crime.” Director Ava DuVernay combines archival news footage, film clips, music, statistics and interviews with a diverse range of important thinkers and activists. The result is a powerful reading of American history through the lens of racial oppression, tracing a direct line from slavery through convict labor and segregation to mass incarceration today. It also shows the impact of both news media and popular films on public opinion. Unrated. With pre- and post-screening discussion led by the AFI Education team.
Date: 02/04/2020 
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 30 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Diversity
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3, evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence; RH.11-12.4, determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a [film], including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term; RH.11-12.5, analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sections contribute to the whole; RH.9, integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem. This documentary asks students to interpret many kinds of information and to make sense of the interviewee's divergent interpretations.
Grades: 11th-12th
Ticket capacity: 200
 

Screening of “The Hate U Give ” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. A coming-of-age film packed with discussion-worthy ideas. With pre- and post-film discussion led by the AFI Education team. (PG-13).
Date: 02/12/2020
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  3 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: English/Literature, Civics/Government, Diversity
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.RH.1, cite specific textual evidence; RH.3, analyze a series of events; RH.5, analyze the structure of a text; RH.7, integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Grades: 8th-12th
Ticket capacity 200
 

Screening of "Hidden Figures"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
HIDDEN FIGURES tells the story of three real African-American women working at NASA--Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaugh (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)--who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962. Suspenseful and entertaining, HIDDEN FIGURES is a great film for understanding race and gender in mid-century America, segregation, the Cold War and the Space Race, and for inspiring girls in STEM fields. With pre- and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 02/24/2020 
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Location: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Math, Science, Technology, Diversity
Learning Standards: Learning standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.RH.1, cite specific textual evidence; RH.2 determine central ideas; RH.5, analyze the structure of a text; R.7, integrate visual information.
Grades: 6th - 8th 
Ticket capacity: 200 
Supplementary Materials: Teacher Guide
 

Screening of "I Am Not Your Negro" 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
This acclaimed documentary completes a project started by James Baldwin, the African-American writer, civil rights activist and public intellectual. The New York Times called it "a thrilling introduction to [Baldwin's] work, a remedial course in American history, and an advanced seminar in racial politics — a concise, roughly 90-minute movie with the scope and impact of a 10-hour mini-series." With pre- and post-film discussion led by the AFI Education team. (PG-13)
Dates: 03/04/2020
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event: 2 hours, 15 minutes. 
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.RH.4, determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text; RH.5, analyze how a complex primary source is structured; RH.7, integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media. Also an excellent intro to 11th gr Unit 7 on Civil Rights.
Grades: 9th-12th 
Ticket capacity: 200 

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