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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Dim the Lights

Hollywood comes to D.C. this week during the star-studded AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, which begins Monday night in Silver Spring, Md.

The annual event is perhaps the nation’s premier documentary film festival, as organizers put together a lineup featuring an eclectic mix of subjects and promise personal appearances from several A-list Hollywood types. Kicking off the festival Monday night is a screening of “Freakonomics,” the documentary based on the best-selling book of the same name.

Director Oliver Stone will be on hand Wednesday to screen his latest documentary, “South of the Border,” which features interviews with controversial Latin American leaders such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Local filmmaker Susan Koch’s “The Other City,” which looks at D.C.’s unusually high rate of people living with HIV/AIDS, will be screened at the festival on Wednesday and Sunday. And D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will appear at a Wednesday screening of “Waiting For Superman,” which studies the U.S. public school system.

For a full festival schedule, visit the SilverDocs website.

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