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  • AFI EU Film Showcase, 11/30-12/19

    2023 AFI European Union Film Showcase

    November 30–December 19

    The best of European cinema…without the jet lag.

    Now in its 36th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington, DC-area audiences. This year's lineup features 51 films representing all 27 EU member states, including award winners, regional box-office hits, debut works by up-and-coming talents and new works by leading auteurs, plus 21 of the top contenders for this year's Academy Award® for Best International Feature Film and seven U.S. premieres.



  • Alain Mabanckou at AFDC [IN-PERSON], 12/07


    Thursday 7th December 2023 — 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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    Join us to meet a key figure of Francophone literature, Alain Mabanckou, on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00 PM at the Alliance. Alain Mabanckou will be in conversation (en français) with our Academic Director, Ameneh Madjlessi. They will talk about his recently published new works, including:

    Le commerce des allongés (Éditions Points)

    Lettres à un jeune romancier sénégalais (Éditions Le Robert)

    Notre France Noire (a dictionary produced in collaboration with Abdourahman Waberi and Pascal Blanchard)

    Anthologie de poésie africaine (Point Poésie)

    Event Format

    Doors will open at 6:30 PM. A flute of champagne will be served before the conversation starts. The conversation (in french) will be followed by Q&A and a signing session. Copies of the books will be available for sale at the event.

    Entrance Policy

    Be ready to show your ID and COVID vaccination card at the entrance.

    About the author

    Alain Mabanckou is a novelist, poet, and nonfiction author. A French citizen born in the Republic of the Congo, he is currently professor of French and francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is one of the best-known African writers in France, where he received in 2006 the Prix Renaudot, one of the highest distinctions in French literature. Mabanckou’s work has been published in 15 languages. African PsychoBroken GlassMemoirs of a Porcupine, Black BazaarLetter to Jimmy, and The Lights of Pointe-Noire have been translated into English.

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  • Fashion Trip to Paris!

    We are delighted to finally being able to announce our next trip to Paris! Together with the founder of The Bronze Suite and designer Tori Soudan, we will be taking you on an extraordinary adventure through the enchanting world of Parisian haute couture history and the splendor of French fashion.

    This ultimate Fashion Journey will transport you to Paris from April 21st to April 28th, 2024. Apart from just being in one of the world's most prominent fashion capitals, you will have access to very unique experiences which you wouldn't normally be able to get on your ordinary trip, like a perfume-making class, from which you will leave with un flacon de parfum of your own creation, a visit to a master artisan's workshop, a private shopping session, a specialized guided Paris haute couture history tour, and so much more.

    You will be staying in a centrally located hotel in Paris, and the trip will include a daily breakfast (mmm, can you smell the aroma of those freshly baked croissants already?) and three group dinners (a perfect occasion to make new friends, or maybe meet some designers?). Don't worry amid all those group activities (full itinerary will be disclosed with all registered travelers later), you will still have plenty of time to soak in Paris and Parisian fashion on your own, be it shopping, visiting museums, or just sipping on an expresso while spying on the latest fashions of parisiennes and parisiens.

    Both men and women are equally welcomed on this tip, and both are guaranteed to enjoy the tour's activities!

    Our Fashion Experience Includes:

    -7 night accommodations at a 4 or 5-star hotel

    -Airport ground transfers to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport

    -Breakfast provided daily

    -3 group dinners

    -A guided Paris Haute Couture History Tour with Tori Soudan

    -A private shopping experience with Tori Soudan

    -A perfume-making workshop from which you will leave with your won bottle of perfume

    -Exclusive atelier experiences and more!

    Check here for more details on programming, accommodation, and pricing. Use this link to register.

    Get ready to embark on a fashion odyssey like no other and let the glamour of Parisian haute couture sweep you off your feet. We're thrilled to share this remarkable experience with you. Please email if you have any questions.

  • Library Hours for Nov. 15th and 16th

    The AFDC Library will have reduced hours on
    Nov. 15th and Nov. 16th.

    The library will open at 11:30am on Wednesday, November 15th.

    The library will close at 5:30pm on Thursday, November 16th.

    We apologize sincerely for any inconvenience caused.

    For any questions, please contact

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    • Private Classes

      Private Classes

      The Alliance Française de Washington provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private instruction on-site and off-site, as well as Skype lessons with fully qualified French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

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    • Adult Group Classes

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