RISING TO THE TOP
The Tower Theater hosts a screening of the film "Sugar." The story follows Miguel Santos, a Dominican baseball pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull his family out of poverty. He finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the US' minor league system. But when his play on the mound falters, he begins to question his life's ambition. 6:45 p.m. Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th St., Miami. $5 students and seniors, $6 others. Details: (305) 643-8706.
Miami-Dade College's Tower Theater hosts a screening of Disney-Pixar's "Up" with Spanish subtitled. The film follows a 78-year-old balloon salesman as he ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets off for the jungles of South America. 7 p.m. Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th St., Miami. $5 students and seniors, $6 others. Details: (305) 643-8706.
Miami-Dade College's Tower Theater hosts a screening of "Dream Havana." The film follows two writers, friends since childhood, who are faced with a choice: continue struggling in Cuba or brave the open waters on a homemade raft. While one chooses Cuba and the other escapes, their successes and friendship permanently bind them. 9 p.m. Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th St., Miami. $5 students and seniors, $6 others. Details: (305) 643-8706.
HITTING A NERVE
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts its 11th annual "Optic Nerve" film festival. The films, created by local artists, represent a variety of genres in narrative and non-linear filmmaking that covers everything from comedies to abstract film. 7 and 9 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. RSVP required. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
The North Dade Network and North Dade Branch of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will present the film "Refusenik." The film, created by local documentary-maker Laura Bialis, follows the Soviet Jews' 30-year struggle for freedom. 6 p.m. Intracoastal Mall, 3701 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach. $6. Details: (786) 866-8446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miami Beach Cinematheque hosts a screening of the Iranian film "Those Three." The story follows three young soldiers who are a day away from completing their training when they abandon their training camp to seek true independence in the frozen wilderness of Northern Iran. 8:30 p.m. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 512 Española Way, Miami Beach. $15 members, students and seniors, $18 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or www.mbcinema.com.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University hosts a screening of the 1960 film "Where the Boys Are." The film, starring George Hamilton and Connie Francis, follows college girls looking for love during a spring break in Fort Lauderdale. 7 p.m. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $10. Details: (305) 535-2644 or www.wolfsonian.org.