It is often said that art imitates life. But considering how much of our current reality resembles a smoldering garbage fire, it’s a good thing the films playing at this year’s Filmfest DC don’t much reflect life. Instead, Filmfest DC presents 80 films from 45 countries that are touching, thoughtful, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking escapes from reality. Now in its 32nd year, this year’s Filmfest has some familiar themes—the Trust No One collection of thrillers and Justice Matters showcase of social justice-oriented films are longtime staples of the festival—but offers some fresh films for those seeking an escape in the theater. Check out the films featured in the Global Rhythms showcase to get your music doc fix (How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock and Roll and Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba are standouts, though most of the City Paper staff are quite stoked for the Grace Jones documentary, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami), while Cine Latino highlights some of the best Latin American films you probably haven’t heard of. Like every year of Filmfest DC, there is something for everyone, whether that be a Turkish crowd-pleaser (Sour Apples), Zeitgeist issue doc (The Cleaners) or, uh, a paranoid experimental sci-fi acid trip (Spectres of the Spectrum). Also, Jurassic Park, which is screening for free, because why not. —Matt Cohen/WCP