3rd i NY and Alwan for the Arts present an encore presentation from the 2007 Arab & South Asian Film Festival:
A BAHRAINI TALE
Bahrain's first 35mm feature film was shot by Indian cinematographer S. Shamdat, and developed and printed at Prasad Labs, Chennai.
Tuesday, July 17th @ 7pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker
Followed by FREE PIZZA & BEER/SODA at the Den of Cin
Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members
About the Film
A BAHRAINI TALE
Director: Bassam Al-Thawadi. Bahrain / 96 mins / 35 mm / Arabic with English subtitles
Set during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, this epic drama is both the personal story of a middle-class Bahraini family and an account of the hopes and faith the Arab world had in Gamal Abdel Nasser as its leader. Intimately told, it skillfully interweaves the personal and the general to reveal a society struggling against gender inequality and female sacrifice, as women attempt to enjoy freedom of choice. This is the third feature film from Bahrain, and all have been directed by Bassam Al-Thawadi, who shows flexibility in both style and subject, always demonstrating a deep sense of reality and romanticism. The social concerns here are clear and the storytelling simple, yet both are challenging and help the film explore areas of Arab collective memory more powerfully than any other film has done in a long time.
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.