Arts & Entertainment

ReelAbilities Film Festival Returns to Falls Church

The ReelAbilities Film Festival, organized by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, is returning to the Falls Church area from this Sunday, April 26 – next Saturday, May 3. There will be full length features, documentaries and short films that tell stories incorporating a variety of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, mental illness, deafness and blindness.

On the festival’s opening day, there will be a screening of “Anita,” a feature film about a young woman living with Down syndrome, who gets separated from her mother after a bomb explodes at their Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, at the Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic, located at 2911 District Ave., Fairfax. The screening of “Anita,” one of twenty films will be shown in 16 venues throughout the Greater D.C. region, is scheduled for 2 p.m.

There will be several short films screened at Reel Encounters at Temple Rodef Shalom at 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church, on Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. On the festival’s closing night, there will be a screening of the documentary “Wretches & Jabberers,” about two men with autism – an accomplished artist and an activist – who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. The screening for “Wretches & Jabberers” is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic.

For more information about the festival or to register, visit greaterdc.reelabilities.org.