This sounds awesome.
From an email:
Film Forward is an exciting showcase event taking place on the evening of Thursday, May 12th, 2011. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the Sundance Institute and the Smithsonian Institution, will be showing simultaneously five US and five international award-winning films at ten different venues around the National Mall. The showcase focuses on the role of cultural diplomacy through the work of filmmakers from all four corners of the globe, connecting films and filmmakers to their audiences through a broad range of contemporary subjects. Those attending the films will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the filmmakers, such as Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders), Lixin Fan (Last Train Home) and Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), as well as members of the PCAH such as Forest Whitaker, Kerry Washington, and Alfre Woodard. For more information, please visit here.
We once spoke about our favorite foreign films here.