Feb 22, 2024 - Things to Do

D.C. weekend events: Mother Tongue Film Festival, Fashion Week and more

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This weekend in D.C., check out the Smithsonian's ninth annual Mother Tongue Film Festival, a D.C. Fashion Week runway show and more.

1. ๐ŸŽž๏ธ Must-watch cultural films

The Smithsonian's ninth annual Mother Tongue Film Festival is here.

What's happening: Now through Saturday, watch films that record the journeys of people from around the world and learn about cultural and linguistic diversity. View films here.

By the numbers: There will be 23 films in 27 languages from 12 regions to watch.

What they're saying: "Language is culture," said Amalia Cรณrdova, festival co-director. "In our efforts to strengthen cultural knowledge, it's crucial that people have access to diverse stories through the lens of language diversity."

Where: The National Mall. View screening locations here.

Context: This festival is part of the Recovering Voices program and kicked off on the United Nations' International Mother Language Day.

When: There will be screenings Friday and Saturday. View full schedule here.

Cost: Free.

  • Some screenings may encourage an RSVP.

Of note: All films will be fully subtitled or open captioned in English, and an American Sign Language interpreter will be present for all panel discussions.

2. ๐Ÿชก Emerging Designers Showcase

  • See the work of D.C.'s newest fashion designers at the start of D.C. Fashion Week, 6โ€“9pm Saturday at the National Housing Center. Tickets start at $60.
  • Separately: There is a fashion industry networking party 6โ€“9pm Friday at Saint Yves and a 40th International Couture Collections showcase 5pm Sunday at the National Housing Center. Get tickets here.

3. ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Uncaged Second Annual Film Festival

  • Watch short films of various genres that celebrate and affirm the Black queer experience, 6โ€“10pm Saturday at the Anacostia Arts Center. Tickets start at $10.
  • Each screening will be followed by a discussion panel of filmmakers and community leaders.
  • Food and drinks will be available.

5. ๐Ÿ’ƒ Travesuras

  • Dance to reggaeton and Latin trap music, 4โ€“10pm Saturday at Saint Yves in Dupont Circle. Tickets start at $25.

5. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Annual Black Her-Story Market

  • Shop women- and Black-owned brands selling handcrafted items, 1โ€“6pm Sunday at Hotel Zena. Free.
  • Appetizers and cocktails will be available for purchase at Figleaf Bar & Lounge.
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