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THE BALTIMORE SUN

AFRICAN FILMS AT THE BMA -- The New York African Film Festival Traveling Series, comprising eight films, will be shown this weekend as the Baltimore Museum of Art concludes its African Spirit series, a celebration of the continent's culture. The series kicks off at noon tomorrow with Guinea's The Golden Ball, the story of a young soccer player's rise from playing in his native village to superstardom in Europe. Also showing tomorrow are Zimbabwe's African Middleweight (2 p.m.), in which a Congolese boxer is ordered to throw a heavyweight title fight to the reigning Belgium champ; Gabon's Dollar (2:35 p.m.), in which a teenager resorts to robbery to pay for his mother's medicine; and Nigeria's Something Else (4:40 p.m.), the story of a middle-class man facing dire financial straits. On Sunday, the films are Cameroon's The Colonial Misunderstanding (noon), a documentary examining the legacy of colonial missionary work in the region; Guinea's Everybody's Problem (1:35 p.m.), depicting a grandmother's frustration at teenage violence and prostitution in a refugee camp; Senegal's Niiwan (2:30 p.m.), the story of a young couple's struggle to save their infant son; and Burkina Faso's Safi (4:25 p.m.), in which an 8-year- old boy tries to prevent his newborn brother from being sacrificed after their mother dies in childbirth. Admission to the films is free with a paid museum admission. Call 410-396-6314 or visit artbma.org.

CURRENT FILM SERIES -- Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp as a scientists' creation with some decidedly original handwear, kicks off a three-week, three-film miniseries at the Current Gallery and Artist Cooperative, 30 S. Calvert St. The series will run on consecutive Wednesdays beginning next week; showtime is 8 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a $3 donation is requested. Call 410-244-7003 or visit cur rentspace.com.

BERGMAN AT THE PRATT -- Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, the light-hearted story of eight people vacationing and coupling at a country estate, will be the subject of this month's Filmtalk at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Events are set in motion by the machinations of an actress (Eva Dahlbeck), and soon the various couples are engaged in all sorts of spirited canoodling. The 1955 film would later inspire Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Pratt's Wheeler Auditorium, with spirited discussion to follow. Information: www.epfl.net/events or 410-396-5487.

THIS WEEK AT OZUFEST -- The Charles Theatre's continuing celebration of the films of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu continues tomorrow with A Hen In the Wind (Kaze no naka no mendori). The 1948 film, centering on a young couple haunted by the wartime choices made by the wife as she cared for their sick son, examines the lingering effects of World War II on Japanese society. Showtime is noon tomorrow at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore showings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6. Call 410-727-FILM or visit thecharles.com.

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- The White Countess, the final collaborative effort between director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant (he died in May), is this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. Set in the 1930s, the film stars Ralph Fiennes as a blind American diplomat in love with a Russian refugee (Natasha Richardson) of questionable repute. Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave also star, the first time the sisters have appeared together on the big screen. Admission: $15 (includes pre-show coffee and bagels). Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-FILM or visit cinemasundays.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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