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Fri, June 4, 2021 - Fri, June 18, 2021 | EuroAsia Shorts 2021 

EAS

Eleven countries. Six programs. One medium.

Celebrating 15 years of short films from Asia, Europe, and the United States, presented in Washington, D.C. and online throughout the United States

Fri, June 4 - Fri, June 11, 2021 | Country Pairing Programs

Fri, June 11 - Fri, June 18, 2021 | Festival Closing Program

https://awoj15.wixsite.com/euroasia-shorts | http://www.facebook.com/EuroAsiaShorts

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After a brief hiatus in 2020, EuroAsia Shorts (EAS) returns in 2021 with a new online streaming format and more incredible short films from Asia, Europe, and the United States, presented by embassies and cultural centers based in Washington, D.C., available free to viewers across the United States, June 4 – 18.

Each of six shorts programs is tied together by the festival theme, Together in Dreams, and includes post-film discussions and special video messages from directors. Join an international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian as we celebrate 15 years of EAS in 2021!

All EAS 2021 programs are free to view and require advance registration at https://awoj15.wixsite.com/euroasia-shorts/about-me. All programs and limited to viewing in the United States and ticket quantities are limited. 

Pairing Programs | Streaming June 4 – 11

Austria & Indonesia

China & Germany

France & Japan

Italy & The Philippines

South Korea & Spain

Closing Program | Streaming June 11 – 18

All Countries + USA

Wed, June 16 @ 7 PM | SCREENING: Lady Liberty, History of A Giant Monument | La Maison Française -Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC | FREE ADMISSION

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SECURITY RULES: Each person attending the event must have a ticket registered in their name and a government-issued ID that matches the name on the reservation in order to enter the Embassy. No need to print your ticket, but no one will be admitted without reservation and proper ID.

Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, doors will be closed at 7 p.m. sharp. Please allow extra time for security screening.

Limited street parking available on Reservoir Road. We encourage you to use taxi, ridesharing or public transportation.

This summer, a Lady Liberty crafted from Bartholdi’s molds will once again cross the Pacific to stand on American ground. This 10-foot statue will leave in June 2021 from the same port in France used by her older sister, visit her sibling on Liberty Island for Independence Day, and finally settle in at the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Bastille Day, where she will stand as a symbol of the longstanding and strong Franco-American friendship.

Lady Liberty, History of a Giant Monument, directed by Laure Leibovitz

2018 | France | 52 min

Built more than a century ago on an island in the Bay of New York, the Statue of Liberty attracts more than 4 million visitors every year.

130 tons of wrought iron, 88 tons of copper and 27,000 tons of concrete: this superstructure reflects a crazy project, carried by the greatest names of the 19th century ... Visionary men who revolutionised their time.  A real technological achievement, this colossal project fits perfectly with its time, a period defined by a race towards progress. The Industrial Revolution which pushes back the limits of the possible dramatically is fascinating both engineers and artists. The Lady who lights the world is a great and unique concentrate of innovations. A colossus of such height, never built before, demanded engineering treasures.

This 52-minute film traces the singular adventure of the most famous colossus in the world, revealing the technical process behind its construction.

Wed, June 23 @ 12:00 PM | The Statue of Liberty, the Renewal of a Symbol | The Embassy Of France

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The Embassy of France in the U.S., the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam), and the CMA-CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, are partnering to bring an emblematic treasure and symbol of freedom to the United States.

This summer, a Lady Liberty crafted from Bartholdi’s molds will once again cross the Atlantic to stand on American ground. This 10-foot statue will leave in June 2021 from the same port in France used by her older sister, visit her sibling on Liberty Island for Independence Day, and finally settle in at the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Bastille Day, where she will stand as a symbol of the longstanding and strong Franco-American friendship

To celebrate the arrival of the statue, the Cultural Services of the French embassy in the United States are organizing a virtual roundtable at the Maison française on June 23 at 12PM on Zoom, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States will introduce the conversation during which the panelists will discuss the current significance of the symbols the statue of liberty carries: the Franco-American friendship, freedom, hope for a better world, and the fight against oppression.

With the kind participation of

Lonnie G. Bunch

Lonnie G. Bunch III is an American educator and historian. He is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the first African American, and the first historian to serve as head of the Smithsonian. Bunch previously served as the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) from 2005 to 2019 and as president and director of the Chicago History Museum, curator at the California African American Museum, and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

David Blight

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

Olivier Faron

Olivier Faron joined the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud in 1980. He obtained the agrégation in history and a doctorate in history in 1996. He is a former member of the French School of Rome. From 2002 to 2004, he was the advisor for the humanities and social sciences in the cabinet of Claudie Haigneré, Minister delegate for Research and New Technologies. On July 7, 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director, in charge of Higher Education, of the cabinet of the Minister of Higher Education and Research. Olivier Faron was appointed general administrator of the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM) in 2013.

Pap Ndiaye

Pap Ndiaye was a student of the Ecole Normale and holds an agrégation in history, discovering black studies for the first time in the United States, at Virginia University. He then became a lecturer at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences lecturing on the social history of the United States, and started to write about the question of minorities in France. This led him to take part in creating the Action Committee for the Promotion of Diversity in France and the Representative Council of France's Black Associations (CRAN). After being a faculty member at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), in 2021 he was appointed head of the Palais de la Porte Dorée, which includes the Musée de l’Histoire de l’immigration.

The roundtable is moderated by Philip Kennicott, Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic of The Washington Post. He has been on staff at The Post since 1999, first as classical music critic, then as culture critic. In 2011, he combined art and architecture into a beat that is focused on everything visual in the nation’s capital.

All participants will receive a reminder before the event.

The event is conducted in English, free and open to everyone.

Jun 21 - Sept 23, 2021 | #FilmsOnTheGreenDC | Free French Films in DC Parks | Screenings start at sunset! 

#FilmsOnTheGreenDC | Free French Films in DC Parks | Screenings start at sunset! 

Films on the Green DC 2021 is a free outdoor Summer film festival produced by the Cultural Services at the French Embassy in partnership with the National Gallery of Art. From Parisian avenues to the vineyards of southern France, the 2021 Films on the Green DC selection offers a selection of 6 classics and contemporary French films. 

Free and open to the public | Bring your own chair or blanket and join us!

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Monday, June 21 @ 8:30 PM - The Young Girls of Rochefort

Sylvan Theater (National Mall): Independence Ave SW & 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20024

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Directed by Jacques Demy, 1967, 2h00, France

With Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Michel Piccoli

Film in French with English subtitles

Delphine and Solange are twin sisters who each want to find romance and leave their small seaside town of Rochefort, France. Soon they befriend a couple of visiting carnival workers who frequent their lonely mother's café and hire the girls to sing in the carnival. Wanting a career as a songwriter, Solange falls for an American musician, Andy, while Delphine dumps her beau and searches Rochefort for her ideal man.

Free and open to the public | Bring your own chair or blanket and join us

Friday, July 9 @ 8:30 PM - Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)

Embassy of France - La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

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Directed by Agnès Varda, 1962, 1h30, France & Italy

Film in French with English subtitles

Cleo is a beautiful French singer awaiting the important results of a medical test. From superstition to fear, from coquetry to anguish, Cleo nervously meanders through the streets of Paris for ninety minutes. She meets four people during that time and each opens her eyes to the realities of life. An enduring classic of French cinema from the woman who was the soul of the French New Wave!

Free and open to the public | Bring your own chair or blanket and join us!

Wednesday, August 4 @ 8:30 PM - Microcosmos

US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Directed by directed by Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou, 1996, 1h20, France 

Film in French with English subtitles

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. 

Free and open to the public | Bring your own chair or blanket and join us!

Saturday, September 4 @ 8:30 PM - I Am Not Your Negro

Anacostia Park: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

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Directed by Raoul Peck, 2016, 1h35, USA/France/Belgium/Switzerland

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

Free and open to the public | Bring your own chair or blanket and join us!

Thursday, September 23 @ 8:30 PM - Autumn Tale

On the Nation Mall, in front of the National Gallery of Art
Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20565
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Directed by Eric Rohmer, 1998, 1h50, France

Film in French with English subtitles

Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle, decides to find her a new husband. She puts an ad in the local newspaper and finds a nice man, Gérald. At Isabelle's daughter's wedding, Magali eventually meets Gérald. But there's another man around, Etienne...

Free and open to the public | Bring your own chair or blanket and join us!

Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 1:00 PM Eastern time | Unheard Stories by Dr. Loubna Hassanieh | Virtual Talk with Visionary & Winemaker Daniel Daou

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Please join Dr. Hassanieh, producer and moderator of Unheard Stories, as she unravels the extraordinary life journey of the visionary and entrepreneur Daniel Daou.

Daniel and his brother Georges were born in Beirut Lebanon. At the ages of 12 and 8, their family fled Lebanon due to the civil war and decided to settle in France. That's where Daniel developed his passion for French wine and dreamed of becoming a winemaker. 

Years later, and high atop Paso Robles in the coastal mountain range of California, Daniel and his brother established the Daou Family estates, home of California's most celebrated winery. Daou wines are crafted with the highest care to rival the best of Napa and Bordeaux.

Unheard Stories, Stories that Inspire  is a monthly zoom event that takes place live on the last Saturday of every month. The event aims to heighten our human experience and spark new conversations about different topics. Please register here to be able to attend.

Friday, July 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Bastille Day 2021 | by Comité Tricolore/ The Tricolore Committee

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Un-Wine and Taste New Peaks! The Tricolore Committee annual celebration for Bastille Day is back and this year, is featuring the heart of the French Alps.

On Friday, July 16, join in to experience the beautiful region "La Savoie".

Enjoy a delicious selection of dishes curated by the best local chefs, participate in our silent auction filled with wonderful items and sip a glass of wine while listening to some fantastic live music.

  •  Champagne Welcome
  •  Sit Down VIP Dinner with Wine included.
  •  Live Band until 10pm.
  •  Operette Act curated by Maestro Julien Bénichou, Music Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
  •  Dress Code: Cocktail Attire.

You will enjoy local specialty dishes unique to the Alps Region and the event will feature a special Offenbach Operette Act.

Bastille Day is the annual fundraiser for the Comité Tricolore. All proceeds from the evening will help sustain its charitable mission throughout the year.

Register: Tickets.