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ArgusFest Film Series, at Mercury Café, 2199 California St., presents: Documentary films dealing with issues of conscience, followed by audience discussions.

Thursdays, 7p.m.: Feb. 7, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States—Bush & Obama—Age of Terror; 21, 5 Broken Cameras, the 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary; 28, Samsara. Donations appreciated. Info: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Colorado Committee on Africa and the Caribbean at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St., presents: Black in Latin America, parts 3 and 4, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., chairman of African-American Studies at Harvard University, Sun., Feb. 26, 2p.m. Info: 303-329-5881.

Denver Film Society, Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., presents: first-run exclusives and art house revivals, domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – shown in their original language and format without on-screen advertising.
     This month: Focus on Japanese Cinema, Feb. 21-24, includes spotlight on filmmaker Shohei Imamura, the only Japanese director to twice win the Palme d’or at Cannes. Festival bookends with post-film receptions – treats from some of Denver’s best and newest Asian eateries.
     Save the dates: 3rd annual Women+Film VOICES film festival is set for March 3-10, a mix of 16 short films and features, salon discussions, many in-person guests and thoughtful, inspiring stories of women from around the world.
     VOICESpreview film is Mon., Feb. 11, 7p.m., Colorado premiere of The Invisible War, Academy Award-nominated documentary about the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military – the Department of Defense estimates a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010.
     Women+Film VOICES launches Sun., March 3, 7p.m. with a one-woman stage production of wit, wisdom and a whisper of gossip, when Susan Claassen brings A Conversation With Edith Head to the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine St. In six decades of costume design, Edith Head worked on over eleven hundred films, and won an unprecedented eight Oscars.
     For full schedules, synopses, and tickets: denverfilm.org or call 720-381-0813.

Fresh City Life, at Denver Public Library Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Level B2 Conference Center, presents: Pontypool at the second annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Heartburn Party, Tues., Feb. 12, 6:30-9p.m. Free.
     Vamp: Femme Fatales of the Silent Era, celebrating the first American superstars of the modern age, Tuesdays, 6:30-9p.m.: Feb. 19, It (1927); 26, Flesh and the Devil (1927). Info: denverlibrary.org/fresh.

Mayan Theater, 110 Broadway, presents: award-winning documentary Arise, stories of extraordinary women around the world coming together to heal injustices against the earth, one night only, Thur., March 7, 7p.m.
     Dana Miller of Grow Local Colorado and Beverly Grant of Mo Betta Farmers Market are featured in the film and will be available for a Q&A following the screening. 10 percent of ticket sales go to their organizations. Tickets sell quickly: $15 adults/$13: brownpapertickets.com.

Mizel Arts & Culture Center, at the JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St., presents: 17th Denver Jewish Film Festival, Feb. 6-17, cutting-edge Jewish cinema with decidedly upbeat, international energy – from Israel’s box office favorite, The World is Funny – to several French films (Broken, Paris-Manhattan, Bottle in the Gaza Sea, Let My People Go and The Day I Saw Your Heart), and documentaries looking at the lives and thoughts of Art Spiegelman, Roman Polanski, and Broadway producer Joe Papp.
     Opening Night Fundraiser, Wed., Feb. 6, 5:30p.m., will salute the JFF’s many friends, especially honoring longtime MACC/JCC supporters Carol and Irwin Wagner. The evening is capped with a 7p.m. screening of Hava Nagila (The Movie), a hilarious chronicle of the resilient life of this well-recognized little ditty. Opening Night – and the entire 26-film festival – will be at home in the newly built, acoustically elegant and accessible 400-seat Elaine Wolf Theatre.
     OtherJewish Film Festival highlights: a visit from Emmy award-winning writer, Mike Reiss, known for The Simpsons, and Grand Finale closing night screening ofA.K.A. Doc Pomus, featuring Brooklyn-born songwriter Jerome Felder (This Magic Moment, Save the Last Dance for Me), an evening topped off with a dessert reception.
     Visitmaccjcc.org/film for complete schedule/online tickets, also at MACC box office, 303-316-6360. Tickets $10/film (excluding opening night and grand finale), with a variety of ticket packages available.

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