AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

June 19-23, 2019. Presenting sponsor: AT&T. AFI DOCS brings the best new documentaries to the Washington, DC, area. The Festival has built a reputation for presenting compelling and engaging films that connect with audiences in theaters, and beyond. CLICK HERE to visit the AFI DOCS website.

June 6-12. In recognition of Caribbean Heritage Month, AFI Silver is proud to host the DC Caribbean FilmFest, now in its 19th year. The festival is co-presented by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and Africa World Now Project. Featuring 18 films from nine countries, this year's festival opens with HERO – INSPIRED BY THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE & TIMES OF MR. ULRIC CROSS, the acclaimed new film by CaribbeanTales founder Frances-Anne Solomon about Trinidadian soldier, jurist and diplomat Ulric Cross. Other highlights include YULI, an absorbing biopic about Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta from Spanish director Icíar Bollaín; Dominican festival favorite MIRIAM LIES; THE SUN WILL RISE, the directorial debut by Haitian actress Gessica Généus; and Cuban music documentary ELIADES OCHOA: FROM CUBA TO THE WORLD. The lineup also features several films exploring British Jamaican identity, including the 1980 cult classic BABYLON, staring Aswad frontman Brinsley Forde and RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS about the legendary London-based record label.

See every film and save big with DC Caribbean FilmFest all-access pass! Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.


May 1–30, 2019. Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and the AFI Silver, the DC Labor FilmFest features a wide-ranging selection of films about work, workers and the wider issues affecting workers' lives. Union members who present their member cards will receive the AFI member discount.


May 8-26, 2019. Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a new multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival, presented as one massive three-week experience. The Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 29th year, presents a robust lineup of international film premieres, Q&As, panel discussions and sneak previews.

Click here for screenings taking place at AFI Silver.

June 4–July 1, 2019. The Freer Sackler's popular festival returns to its springtime home with a wide-ranging selection of recent Korean releases. The AFI Silver is excited to host encore screenings of festival favorites, including global art-house darling Hong Sang-soo's latest features GRASS and HOTEL BY THE RIVER. Generous support is provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.

For screenings at the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium and the Korean Cultural Center DC (May 10–July 1), please visit

May 3–July 11. This series rounds up a wide-ranging selection of recently digitally restored screen classics. Here's your chance to see them back on the big screen and looking better than they have in years, thanks to the efforts of dedicated film archivists and specialty distributors.

July 5–Aug. 30, 2019

Silver Spring's FREE Outdoor Summer Screening Series

We're excited to announce the return of our FREE outdoor summer film series! Join us every other Friday, from July 5 through August 30, on Sonny's Green at The Blairs District for a season of big-screen favorites under the stars! Films begin at sundown, between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Silver Screens is co-presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, The Blairs and Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker.

Sonny's Green is located at The Blairs District in the center of the property and is accessible from High Park Lane or The Blairs Shopping Center (1290 East West Highway) parking lot.

If you are traveling by car, free parking is available at the public parking lot located at 1317 East West Highway. From the lot, exit to your right and walk to the traffic light, then cross to the Blairs Shopping Center. The entrance to the park is located at the back of the Giant parking lot.

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.

Co-presented with Washington Monthly

May 29-July 31.
AFI Silver and Washington Monthly magazine present a series that investigates the world of journalism, from the fast-talking, hard-living, ink-stained wretches that populated Hollywood's screwball comedies and films noir, through the more realistic depictions of investigative reporting that followed in the wake of ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, and contemporary documentaries that both provide a crucial insight on recent media history and represent their own form of film journalism.


Through July 18. On February 5, 1919, four superstars of the silver screen — Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Mary Pickford — created a new distribution company with a different approach to business: United Artists. The company would release films funded and created by independent producers, offering them a higher degree of creative autonomy and profit participation than that available from the leading studios of the day like Paramount, Fox and First National. Upon hearing the news, the head of Metro Pictures was reported to say, "The inmates are taking over the asylum." This multipart retrospective presents many of United Artists' most distinctive films, from its silent film origins through the glory days of the 1960s and '70s.