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3rd i NY and Alwan for the Arts Collaborative Monthly Film & Video Series presents an encore presentation of

0708 Seeds


Official Selection San Francisco International Film Festival

Tuesday, August 21st @ 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

Director: Samir Nasr, Egypt/Germany, 88 mins, German and Arabic with English subtitles

Tariq, a scientist specializing in virus research is an Algerian Muslim who lives with his German Christian wife Maya, a gifted graphic designer, and their young son in liberal Hamburg. Trust, tolerance and love have always characterized their relationship, allowing them to bridge their cultural and religious differences. But their relationship is challenged when the police suspect Tariq of being connected to one of the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks. Maya initially refuses to believe that the man she loves might be a terrorist sympathizer or even part of a ‘sleeper’ cell. But Tariq’s evasive reaction to being shadowed by the police leads Maya to be gripped by fears and doubts. The script is tight and the direction suspenseful as Nasr demonstrates how doubt and racial profiling take seed within the home.

About the Director

Samir Nasr was born in 1968 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He studied in Lybia and Egypt, and obtained his diploma in Business, Economics and Psychology at the Mannheim University in 1993. In 1994 he started to study at the Filmakademie Baden-Würtemberg in ‘scenario’ and ‘directing’. He was also freelancer for the Egyptian film magazine ‘El-Fann El-Sabbeh’. For his diploma he made the documentary ‘Nachttanke’ (Night service station), which received several awards.

For an interview with the director: http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php/_c-310/_nr-250/i.html

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.