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Seen on Screen: State of the Union Address @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Join us to learn about the history of the State of the Union address and the constitutionally mandated presidential message to Congress. Watch a compilation of State of the Union addresses and discuss the role of the speech in one of the most visible ceremonies of the U.S. government. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall.

Animezing!: Fireworks || ‎打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか? @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Animezing!: Fireworks || ‎打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか?

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist.

Shy Norimichi and fast-taking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

Fireworks tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is a tale of youthful wistfulness, missed opportunities, and long-ago dreams, of the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together.


In Japanese with English subtitles || PG || 2017 || 90 min || Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes. Program begins at 6:30PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior. No admittance after 7:00 PM or once seating is full. Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.
“The Road to Babi Yar”: Film Screening and Discussion @ JCC of Northern Virginia
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
“The Road to Babi Yar”: Film Screening and Discussion @ JCC of Northern Virginia

On the Road to Babi Yar

A Film Screening and Conversation Series in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

With the invasion by the German Wehrmacht into the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, a new stage of the Holocaust began—mass execution by bullets. Documentary film “The Road to Babi Yar” (Israel, 2018) presents events of the first 100 days of the occupation of Soviet Ukraine, as well as the evolution of the mass murder system at hundreds of killing sites symbolized by Babi Yar. Conversations with historians such as Timothy Snyder, eyewitnesses, and Jewish survivors help recreate a comprehensive picture of the fate of the 1.5 million Jews of Ukraine who died in the Shoah.

107 minutes | Ukrainian, Russian, English, Hebrew, subtitles in English

Q&A with director Boris Maftsir and dessert reception to follow. Registration kindly requested. 

Boris Maftsir, Israeli documentary filmmaker
Izabella Tabarovsky, Senior Associate, Kennan Institute



Organized by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center with support from the Embassy of Israel in the United States and Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University