African series returns to the BMA

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A selection of modern African films will be screening in Baltimore this weekend, as part of the Baltimore Museum of Art's 16th annual "African Spirit Series," a celebration of African culture. Tomorrow, the offerings from the African Film Traveling Series include South Africa's Dumisani Phakathi's Don't F*** With Me I Have 51 Brothers and Sisters (noon), chronicling the director's search for his extended family; You, Waguih (1:50 p.m.), French director Namir Abdel Messeeh's look at his Egyptian father's abuse at the hands of Egyptian authorities; A Child's Love Story (2:30 p.m.), Senegalese director Ben Diogaye Beye's story of the relationship of five children of different classes; and Ousmane, (4:30 p.m.) director Dyana Gaye's tale of a young boy writing a letter to Santa Claus. On Sunday, the series continues with Fanta Regina Nacro's The Night of Truth (noon), a story from Burkina Faso of rival leaders trying to negotiate their way out of civil war; My Lost Home (2 p.m.), director Kamal El-Mahouti's recollections of growing up in Morocco; South African Shelly Barry's Whole: A Trinity of Being (2:30 p.m.), three short films celebrating survival and love, told from the perspective of a filmmaker using a wheelchair; and Algerian Mehdi Charef's Daughter of Keltoum (3:10 p.m.), the story of a woman, raised Swiss, returning to her Berber home to find her mother. Admission is free. The BMA is at 10 Art Museum Drive. Information: 443-573-1832 or

Cinema Sundays

Writer-director Laurie Collyer's Sherrybaby is this weekend's scheduled feature for Cinema Sundays at the Charles. The movie stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a young mother, recently released from jail and not quite dedicated to following the straight and narrow, trying to re-establish ties to her young daughter. Gyllenhaal's performance is said to be devastating; she's already been nominated for a Golden Globe and is a dark-horse candidate for an Oscar nomination. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or

Kubrick at the AFI

A retrospective of the films of Stanley Kubrick, surely one of the cinema's most independent-minded visionaries, opens next Friday at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The nine-film festival, running through March 2, kicks off with Kubrick's visually terrifying (if narratively flawed) The Shining, a 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's novel of ghosts, isolation and writer's block. Showtimes for The Shining are Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:25 p.m., with an additional show at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The series includes Spartacus (opens Jan. 27), The Killing (Feb. 2), Paths of Glory (Feb. 2) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Feb. 9), Lolita (Feb. 11), 2001: A Space Odyssey (Feb. 16), Barry Lyndon (Feb. 17) and A Clockwork Orange (Feb. 23). For tickets, showtimes and other information: 301-495-6720 or

MICA grad gets exhibit

The works of filmmaker and digital artist Scott Ligon, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, will be on display at the University of Mary Washington's duPont Gallery in Fredericksburg, Va., beginning Thursday and running through March 2. An opening reception for "Painting by Numbers: Digital Works by Scott Ligon" is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, followed at 7 p.m. by a screening of his short film, Escape Velocity, which was shown at the 2006 Maryland Film Festival. Information: 540-654-1013.

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