- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Once in a while, a determined gallery with a mission overcomes incredible odds to put on an exhibition. Such a gallery is Bethesda’s Fraser Gallery. Husband-and-wife owners Catriona Fraser and F. Lennox Campello cut through the red tape and censorship of Fidel Castro’s government to put on the first show of contemporary Cuban artists in the Washington area. De Aqui y Alla (or “From Here and From There”) presents 15 artists from the Cuban diaspora, including Sandra Ramos and Deborah Nofret Marrero. Miss Ramos, whose work is in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, touches on many taboo subjects of Cuban society: the loss of childhood, separation of families, loss of love. Miss Marrero, a leading digital artist in Cuba, provides the zing of digital images to the show. At the Fraser, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, through Oct. 8. Free. 301/718-9651.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Theater’s annual Latin American Film Festival resumes today. Several of the titles in the series will play at both the new AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring and the AFI National Film Theater at the Kennedy Center. And on Saturday the AFI Silver will host a “Latino Cinema Day” celebration from noon to 4 p.m.

The double bookings apply this evening to the Colombian social comedy A Game of Cat and Mouse and the Mexican historical saga Bedtime Fairy Tales for Crocodiles. The AFI Silver will also host exclusive opening night screenings of Invisible Evidence from Guatemala, Passionate Women from Costa Rica, and a program consisting of two Panamanian dramatic shorts and the Ecuadorian feature Out of Bounds.

Tickets for most showings at either theater are priced at $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors (65 and over). The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; call 301/495-6700 for recorded information. For information on programs at the AFI National Theater at Kennedy Center, call 202/785-4600.

Gary Arnold

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