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La Mission at Film Forward Festival

Benjamin Bratt La Mission

Benjamin Bratt plays a traditional Latino father who struggles to come to terms with his teenage son’s homosexuality in La Mission, which screens as part of a one-night, film festival throughout the Smithsonian Institution. Also on tap is Winter’s Bone, an unflinching look at family and rural American life today and one of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees. In all, 10 films screen nearly simultaneously in different locations, with each screening accompanied by the filmmaker and special guest presenters. The films have already been shown as part of the globetrotting Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, an international initiative of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. La Mission show Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level, 8th and F Streets NW. Winter’s Bone shows Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. Tickets are $10 for each. Visit for more details, including about the other eight films.

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