Washington West Film Festival Screenings Announced!

Capital One Hall Around Town, Art & Culture

The 2021 Washington West Film Festival will host four events, including the closing night film and awards, on October 23, 2021 at Capital One Hall.

It’s A Wonderful Life

Sunday, October 23, 2021 at 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Tickets start at $15

75th Anniversary Screening
This classic family drama from 1946 was nominated for five Academy Awards and is widely considered one of the best and most beloved movies in American Cinema. It’s A Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, who gradually comes to realize the value and impact of his own life, with the help of a Guardian Angel during Christmas time.

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Five Years North

Sunday, October 23, 2021 at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Tickets start at $15

Five Years North is the coming-of-age story of Luis, an undocumented boy in New York City desperate to bring the American Dream back home to Guatemala. Alone, he struggles to work, study, and evade Judy—the Cuban-American ICE agent who patrols his neighborhood. The film is intimate and observational — following Luis, Judy, and Luis’ family back in Guatemala for more than three years to provide a fresh and valuable entry point to understanding America’s immigration system and its human cost on all sides.

Filmmakers in attendance.

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A Crime on the Bayou

Sunday, October 23, 2021 at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Tickets start at $15

In 1966, Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, was arrested for trying to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school. With the help of a young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, who left his prestigious D.C. law firm to volunteer in New Orleans, Duncan bravely stands up to a racist legal system powered by a white supremacist boss to challenge his unfair arrest. Duncan and Sobol’s fight goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and a lifelong friendship is forged.

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Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

Sunday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Tickets start at $35

Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
Consisting largely of never-before-seen footage, Mission: Joy explores the remarkable friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Inspired by New York Times bestseller The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, the film showcases the endearing relationship between two Nobel Peace Prize winners, as they recount stories from their lives, each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife. With affection, playfulness, and mutual respect, these unlikely friends impart lessons on how to live with joy in the face of all of life’s challenges from the extraordinary to the mundane.

Preceded by short film, Alone Together
Inspired by a true story. Isolated in an assisted living facility with only her caretaker, a grandmother battles her loneliness and fading memory as she searches for human connection through a series of family Zoom calls.

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About Capital One Hall 

Capital One Hall, part of the broader Capital One Center mixed-use development in Tysons, VA and managed by ASM Global, will open in October 2021. It encompasses a 1,600-seat performance hall designed for Broadway productions, comedy, and concerts; The Vault — a 225-seat Black Box theatre, The Perch — a rooftop green space with a stage, Biergarten, miniature golf course, and more; and event space. Capital One Hall is located just steps away from the McLean Metro Station on the Silver Line and also provides ample covered parking.