Wednesday, Nov. 30
• “The Silence is Broken” at Charles H. Wright Museum
(Patrick Gandy, 2011, 180 min.) Composer Patrick Gandy has created a concert film to raise awareness about the continuing health crisis of HIV and AIDS in minority communities, and “The Silence is Broken” is part of a broader campaign to reach out to those who are increasingly at risk, particularly black women. Show time is 7 p.m. and admission is $20 (with $5 of each ticket earmarked for Detroit-based community organizations).
Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4
• 2011 Arab Film Festival at the Arab American National Museum
(Various filmmakers, 1981-2011, in Arabic with English subtitles) This annual festival of contemporary and classic cinema has a very timely theme for 2011, year of the Arab Spring. “Before the Spring: Alternative Arab Cinema from 2005 to Today” celebrates independent filmmakers whose work expands boundaries, with a special tribute to Syrian documentarian Omar Amiralay. Show times are Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (with opening reception at 5:30 p.m.), Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. Admission is $9 per film package ($7 for AANM members), and $18 for the opening reception and screening ($16 for AANM members).
• “Love Actually” at Cass City Cinema
(Richard Curtis, 2003, 135 min.) This yuletide romantic comedy is ranked second (after “A Christmas Story”) in an Entertainment Weekly poll of favorite holiday films, and in a series of intertwined stories, a star-packed British cast (including Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson) fall in and out of love at Christmastime. Show times are Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. (preceded by short films at 7 p.m.) and 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:45 and 11:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. (preceded by short films at 7 p.m.) and 10 p.m., and Sunday at 4:45 p.m. (preceded by comedy cartoons at 3:30 p.m.). Admission is $5. Programs of short films and cartoons are free with “Love Actually” admission. On Noel Night, Saturday, Dec. 3, admission to the 10 p.m. show is $1 with a validated coupon from the Atlas Global Bistro, Bronx Bar or Traffic Jam & Snug.
Thursday, Dec. 1
• “La León” at Affirmations
(Santiago Otheguy, 2007, 85 min., black and white, in Spanish with English subtitles) Filmed in the tropical Paraná Delta of Argentina, the atmospheric “La León” revels in the natural beauty of the barren landscape, where an isolated fisherman (Jorge Román) struggles with his desire for a water taxi driver (Daniel Valenzuela). Part of the Men’s Film Group series. Show time is 7 p.m., followed by a discussion. Admission is free.
Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3
• “Miracle on 34th Street” at The Redford Theatre
(George Seaton, 1947, 96 min., black and white) Listed at number seven in the EW favorite holiday film poll, “Miracle on 34th Street” may be set at the flagship Macy’s (before the retailer became a nationwide behemoth), but it gently chides commercialism as a practical-minded store employee (Maureen O’Hara) and her skeptical daughter (Natalie Wood) learn about the Christmas spirit from a man who claims to be Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn). Show times are Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 and 8 p.m. Admission is $4. Special holiday events include a visit with Santa (bring a camera for photos), and a raffle for St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen (receive a ticket for every nonperishable food or personal hygiene item donated).
Friday, Dec. 2
• “Untitled” at Affirmations
(Jim Hodges, Encke King & Carlos Marques da Cruz, 2010, 60 min.) Presented by Visual AIDS, “Untitled” is an experimental work that blends news coverage and activist commentary, popular culture and fine art, to explore the roots of social and political struggle, recall how AIDS galvanized a community, and serve as a reminder that HIV has not yet been eradicated. Co-sponsored by Affirmations and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in observance of World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art. Show time is 6 p.m. and admission is free.
• “The Queens of Comedy” at Affirmations
(Steve Purcell, 2001, 79 min., Rated R) A concert film of the brassy and sassy comediennes Adele Givens, Sommore and Mo’nique (before her dramatic turn in “Precious”) with Miss Laura Hayes as emcee; their anything goes stand-up routines discuss family life, the black community and female sexuality. Part of the Womyn’s Film Night series. Show time is 7 p.m., followed by a discussion. Admission is free.
• Affirmations (the community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies) is located at 290 W. 9 Mile Rd. in Ferndale (248-398-7105).
• Arab American National Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn (313-582-AANM). The museum’s auditorium is on the lower level.
• Cass City Cinema is located at the Burton Theatre, 3420 Cass Ave. in Detroit (313-281-8301).
• The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Rd. in Detroit (313-537-2560).
• The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located at 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit (313-494-5800).