DC/DOX Film Festival 2023

DC/FRAME features films made by documentary filmmakers from the Washington metropolitan area, telling stories that demonstrate a deep resonance with the city: its people and places, arts and culture, politics and policy.

DC/FRAME is a special program curated in partnership with HumanitiesDC.

Jun 16, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM


Lost & Found

Lost & Found explores the profound impact of losing one’s home – be it a physical, an emotional, or an ancestral home – and the journey to find one’s way back. Through three thought-provoking films, this program introduces individuals and communities grappling with the loss of home, whether it be through the harrowing experience a family fighting for the return of a beloved father and husband who has been taken hostage, the new discovery of shared ancestry among enslaved people, or the impacts of gentrification on a building and neighborhood.

Jun 17, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM


Rhythms of Resilience

Rhythms of Resilience shines a spotlight on the vibrant artistic spaces and visionary creators who have profoundly shaped Washington, DC’s cultural landscape, transcending time and inspiring generations to come. This program introduces a master bass player who remains a stable fixture of his neighborhood; the transformative influence on a generation of musicians by a groundbreaking record label; and the resounding impact of a coffeehouse that continues to resonate deeply with LGBTQ artists of color across borders and through the ages.


Jun 18, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM


I Did It My Way

I Did It My Way unveils the remarkable stories of individuals who defy societal norms and redefine the boundaries of what is possible. Delve into the lives of fearless trailblazers who forge their own paths, from a female gangster who reigns over a lucrative gambling ring in 1950s DC, to a one-wheel riding wonder who defies expectations. Witness the inspiring journey of one of NASCAR’s youngest drivers, and immerse yourself in the vanishing world of Black Washington through the captivating lens of photographer Steven Cummings.