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June is Caribbean Heritage Month, and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring will be host to the DC Caribbean Filmfest starting today and running through Sunday.

The three-day festival, in its 13th season, will bring nine films to the theater, with some shows having Q&As with the directors.

Tonight, the festival kicks off with “Home Again,” a movie starring Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley Banks in the hit Will Smith TV show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” The movie, directed by Sudz Sutherland, is a story of three deportees from various backgrounds who have to come to terms with living in Kingston, Jamaica. There will be a post-screening reception, featuring an assortment of tropical-flavored ice cream.

The evening concludes with the showing of “Festival of Lights” at 9:45 p.m. The film marks the first feature by documentary director Shundell Prasad. The movie spans two continents over three decades and revolves around a divided family.

Saturday begins with the showing of “Akwantu: The Journey” at 3 p.m. Filmmaker Roy T. Anderson and co-producer Alison G. Anderson will be in person to talk about the movie and answer questions. The film itself focuses on the Maroons, slaved Africans who fought against the British for more than 80 years for their freedom.

On Sunday, Melissa A. Gomez will be in attendance to talk about her film, “Silent Music,” after it airs at 3 p.m. The documentary follows Gomez as she sets out to uncover some family secrets, but finding out those secrets causes her to question doing the movie in the first place.

For ticket information, be sure to visit afi.com/silver or call 301-495-6700.

wfranklin@gazette.net