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The Land of the Enlightened

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Mar 24 - Mar 26

(Pieter-Jan De Pue, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, & Afghanistan, 2016, 87 min)

In this seamless blend of fiction and documentary forms, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into beautiful but war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over seven years on evocative Super-16mm and 35mm, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a haunting picture of what will be left of Afghanistan for the next generation.



Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

Seattle premiere!

Each screening will have an intermission from 3:45-4:15. Saturday guests can return to finish the film on Sunday with ticket stub.

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Mar 25 - Mar 26

(Abbas Fahdel, France, 2015, Part 1: 160 min, Part II: 174 min)

In February 2002 - about a year before the U.S. invasion - Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. He concentrated on family and friends, including his 12-year-old nephew, Haider, as they went about their daily lives, which had come to include planning for shortages of food, water and power. No strangers to war, the Iraqis thought they understood what was coming, and could even manage to be grimly humorous about what they felt would likely be a major and lengthy inconvenience. And then, the war began.



Migrant Justice with Northwest Detention Center Resistance

Free event!

Mar 25

Join us for an educational and fundraiser event with a collective screening of short films examining major, long-running issues of immigrant justice in the USA, intensified all the more by the new federal administration's policies.



The Shadow Council

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Mar 29

The Shadow Council is a people’s legislative body / satirical current events forum hosted by Brett Hamil (of The Seattle Process). Expert Witnesses will present findings on topics both local and national. The Assembly will submit proposed legislation, public comment, questions and complaints.



Contemporary Color

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Mar 30 - Apr 02

(Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross, US, 2016, 107 min)

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as “the sport of the arts.” Byrne recruited performers including the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, Zola Jesus, Ad-Rock, tUnE-yArDs, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada. The result is Contemporary Color, a bold and irrepressible snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live performance.



Strike a Pose

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema on Apr. 5!

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Mar 29 - Apr 05

(Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan, Netherlands & Belgium, 2016, 83 min)

In 1990, seven young male dancers - six gay, one straight - joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.



Special Events

Special Events

Check our calendar regularly for non-screening events; we host a plethora of lectures, roundtable discussions (Chat Room), multidisciplinary events (IRL: Craigslist), and free Art Walk events (Cine-meme).



Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the 12th annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest and best film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 26!




Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live scores created by local musicians at our Puget Soundtrack series, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between