American Film Institute announces AFI DOCS schedule


The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the slate of films for AFI DOCS 2016, running June 22–26 in Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Md.  The 14th edition of the festival showcases 94 films representing 30 countries, including three world premieres and one international premiere.  The Newseum is the Official Gala Screening Partner of AFI DOCS and will host gala screenings on the opening and closing days of the festival, as well as the Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoring filmmaker Werner Herzog.

The Newseum also will host this year’s Spotlight Screenings, with panel discussions or extended Q&As with special guests to follow each screening. The Spotlight Screening films are “Audrie & Daisy” (directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk), “Check It” (directed by Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor), “Life, Animated” (directed by Roger Ross Williams) and “Newtown” (directed by Kim A. Snyder). See the full schedule of films.

Hosted by the Newseum, the Opening Night Gala screening on June 22 is the North American premiere of “Zero Days,” directed by Alex Gibney, and the Closing Night Gala screening on June 26 is “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The Charles Guggenheim Symposium takes place June 24 at the Newseum and includes a conversation with honoree Werner Herzog moderated by Ramin Bahrani.

Of particular interest to Newseum members and visitors are films on journalism (“The Man Who Saw Too Much” and “Tickled”) and films on activism and First Amendment rights (“Do Not Resist,” “Zero Days,” among others). The Spotlight Screening of “Audrie & Daisy” at the Newseum explores topics of privacy and social media.

Tickets to AFI DOCS are available early to members exclusively now through May 17, and to the public beginning May 18. Passes for AFI DOCS 2016 are now on sale at

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