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3rd i NY and Alwan for the Arts present an encore presentation from the 2007 Arab & South Asian Film Festival:


Tuesday, April 17th @ 6:30pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker

Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

Advance Tickets: 6:30pm show

About the Film

Director: Mohamed Mostafa. Egypt / 134 mins / 35 mm / Arabic with English subtitles

Leisure Time was the renegade box-office hit this summer in Cairo. This low-budget film breaks radically with prevailing trends: a docu-fiction with a large cast of excellent actors, none famous or even known. Leisure Time delves in the world of teen-agers from within and gives them unprecedented voice; we follow Ahmed, Hazem, Amr, and others, as they ask, "What to do?" The film does not attempt to answer the question nor dwell on its implications. It simply takes us to an adolescent world scripted from the inside. The filmÕs emphasis on real life rather than fiction was the source of its popular success. The film also marks the return of once retired veteran producer Hussein Qalla.

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.