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The Queens Museum of Art and 3rd i NY present
in its New York Premiere

Yasmin

Screening and Discussion for The National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants

Saturday, February 18th, 2006, 2–5 pm
Queens Museum of Art
NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Park
Corona, NY 11368-3398
Tel. 718.592.9700 x222
http://www.queensmuseum.org

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Directions: 7 Train to Willets Point/Shea Stadium and follow the yellow signs on a ten-minute walk through the park to the museum, which is located next to the Unisphere. Driving directions.

Join us for the NY Premiere screening of the feature film Yasmin, followed by discussion with members of Families for Freedom, Disappeared in America, and Not in Our Name who advocate against the roundups, sweeps, and indefinite detentions of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.

The Museum's hours are: Wednesday–Friday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Saturday–Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum is by suggested donation: $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, students and children, and free for member and children under 5.

Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art are supported by funds from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Independence Community Foundation, The Institute of Museum & Library Services, and the Ford Foundation.

About the Film

Yasmin
Dir: Kenny Glenaan
UK, 2004, 87mins

Scripted by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, The Darkest Light) after months of research and workshops with the Muslim community in the North of England, Yasmin's story explores what it means to be Asian, Muslim and British. Having rebelled against her Pakistani upbringing as a teenager, sparky, confident Yasmin (Archie Panjabi of Bend it Like Beckham) has grown adept at juggling her Westernised working and social life with her more traditional culture at home. But after the attacks of 9/11 she finds herself ostracised at work, and increasingly subject to overt Islamphobia. When her husband is snatched by the police and held without charge, she finds herself forced to re-evaluate her faith, her culture and her relationships. The harsh realities of prejudice and discrimination in a climate of poverty and fear are never trivialised, but are treated with a refreshing degree of humour, irony and understatement.

Also in February

Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Lalit Vachani

Thursday, February 16th, 7:30 pm
Brecht Forum

451 West Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-4201
mail@brechtforum.org

Natak Jari Hai (The Play Goes On)
India; 2005; Colour & B/W; 84 min.
in Hindi & English, with English subtitles

Please visit http://www.brechtforum.org for directions and other details

What does it mean to perform socialist "agit-prop" theatre in India in a globalized era of increasing intolerance and inequality? The Play Goes On is a documentary about JANAM (The People's Theatre Front), the little theatre group that never stopped performing in the face of dramatic political transformation and personal tragedy. The film explores the motivations and ideals of the JANAM actors and their vision of resistance and change as they perform their "People's Theatre" in diverse parts of India. It brings to life the world of socialist theatre through the words of JANAM's members, and through a reflective portrayal of the group's greatest tragedy - the assassination of its convenor Safdar Hashmi in 1989.

Credits:
Camera: Mrinal Desai
Sound: Asheesh Pandya
Additional editing: Sameera Jain
Editing, additional camera, production and direction: Lalit Vachani

About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. More info...



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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.