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The AFI Docs film fest (June 19-23) will offer a new view of some of the world's most fascinating events and people, from Ernest Hemingway to Jackie Kennedy.

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From June 19 to 23, get a major dose of reality during AFI Docs.
 
Wait a sec -- a documentary film festival in June at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring? No, you're not going crazy. This fest was indeed run as SILVERDOCS for the past 10 years.

 
Don't let the new name trip you up, though. The festival will still feature dozens of documentaries from across the globe, including Turkey, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and the United States.
 
Catch documentaries on topics ranging from the mental illnesses that plagued Ernest Hemingway's extended family, to a trip by scientists and artists headed to an area of Greenland only accessible because of the melting ice cap. You'll also be able to watch shorts and join in discussions with experts.

The festival typically brings in close to 30,000 film enthusiasts during the five-day run. While most films will be shown in at the AFI Silver Theatre, the fest is also branching out to other locations this year, including the Newseum, several Smithsonian locations and the Goethe-Institut.

(Check the schedule for a detailed rundown on the alternate locations.)

AFI Docs will also offer a few post-film events, including the cocktail reception after a June 19 showing of "Letters to Jackie," which documents life after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a time when his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, received thousands of letters from the public. The letters are read during the film by actors like Viola Davis, Channing Tatum, Betty White and Anne Hathaway. 

Take your pick for options on ticket pricing. Pay $13 per movie, or buy a combo ticket package ($100) to get combination of 10 tickets. Some movies are free. Check schedule for pricing. (Admission to galas and other special events is extra.)

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