by Sonya Kelly

November 28 - December 16 at Dance Loft on 14th

How to Keep an Alien is a funny and tender real-life story in which Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, but Kate’s visa is up and she must leave the country. Together they must find a way to prove to the Department of Immigration that they have the right to live together in Ireland. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of a whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork!

Sometimes love cuts through the red tape!

  • Directed by seven-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, Tom Story

  • Starring Tonya Beckman and Nick Fruit

AFI’s 2018 European Union Film Showcase features

A special presentation co-sponsored by Solas Nua of



Directed by Lance Daly

Sunday, Dec 2, 5:00 p.m.

 With a post-screening reception sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland

Black ‘47 is an insightful thriller set in 1847 Ireland during the worst year of the Great Famine. It melds genre conventions of the revenge Western with gritty realism and historical critique.  Deserting the British Army to return home to Ireland, battle-weary soldier Feeney (James Frecheville, ANIMAL KINGDOM) finds his country - and family - devastated by the famine sweeping the land. With nothing more to lose, Feeney embarks on a relentless quest to get even with the criminally negligent British government and to track down landowner Lord Kilmichael (Jim Broadbent).  Pursued by disgraced soldier-turned policeman Hannah (Hugo Weaving) and his Irish-speaking sidekick Conneely (Stephen Rea), Feeney will stop at nothing to avenge his family and his country.


The special presentation will be at AFI’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.


Solas Nua has secured a block of discounted tickets for this showing at $12.00 (AFI general admission is $15).  Advance sales are strong and this screening may sell out.  To reserve your ticket(s), please email  You will receive a confirmation and details on picking up your ticket from Solas Nua in the lobby.

There will be another showing of Black ‘47 on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9:45 p.m. For a complete guide to the EU Showcase, go to