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3rdi NY & Alwan for the Arts Monthly Collaborative Film Series presents

Samir Zikra's The Half-Meter Incident

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month join us for the best in features, docs, & shorts that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, South Asia, and their diasporas. Given the historical and cultural affinities between these geographic regions, as well as the contemporary political landscape, these two cultural organizations are beginning a series of programming & marketing collaborations that encompass film, video, music, visual art, and literature, culminating in a week-long film festival in March 2006. In an environment that turns these communities into enemies of the west, we find strength in creating alliances to provide more nuanced, yet genuinely critical views to New York audiences. The dialogue and networking will continue at the complimentary pizza & drinks receptions after every screening in the Pioneer Series!

Tuesday November 21st, 6:30pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker

Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members
Plus Free Pizza Reception with the Director after the Screening

Advance Tickets: 6:30pm show

About the Film

Director: Samir Zikra, Syria, 1981, 110 min, Color, 35 mm

It is mid-year in Damascus in 1967 when a young bureaucrat who sits just a half a meter away from the woman of his dreams on his bus ride into work each day is trying to find the courage to get their relationship off the bus and onto another, better track entirely. At the same time, animosity between Syria and Israel is increasing and before anyone can blink an eye, the 6-Day War has come and gone, leaving Syria in defeat and the Golan Heights lost to Israel. The damage to national prestige and territory parallels the damage the young man does to his budding relationship when he cannot assert himself at all. He is also as concerned with the way he looks as the nation is with its image, so that appearances take on a dominant force on both levels. In some ways, this is a tale of the micro- and macro-worlds spinning along similar patterns. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

About Alwan for the Arts

Alwan for the Arts serves the Middle East and North African population and educates the broader community by providing access to the range of Middle Eastern and North African arts; thereby enriching the cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Middle East and North Africa in New York City. It organized film festivals and screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse cultural activities. For more info: www.alwanforthearts.org

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.