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

0710 Babelweb

BAB EL WEB

Tuesday, October 16th @ 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

BAB EL WEB
Director: Merzak Allouache, Algeria, 2004, 99 min, Arabic and French w/English S/T

Two bickering brothers, a French ingenue who is more than she appears, a lowlife gangster who bets on illicit ram fights, and a local eccentric with an uncanny knack for being hit by automobiles. Anything can happen in Algiers' Bab el-Oued district of the Casbah, and it often does. The action starts when a local vendor, known on the Internet as matrix, invites his electronic chat room partner, a young woman living in Paris, to visit him in the heart of Algiers. To his surprise Laurence accepts, leaving him only days to prepare for her arrival - including finding a way to get his mother and sister out of the house for a week. He solicits his brother to raise money to execute his scheme, but things get complicated when his guest arrives from the north. This film is simultaneously comedy, drama, and a compelling portrait of life in Algeria. Outstanding acting performances and steady directing balance humor with the tough realities of Algerian life.

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.