Adalah-NY, Alwan for the Arts, & 3rd i NY Present
In Celebration of Arab Heritage Week and co-sponsored by The Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, New York (ADC)
Caramel by Nadine Labaki
Lebanon/France/ 2007/ 95 min./ 35 mm.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 7 pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
Trains: F to 2nd Ave, 6 to Astor, R,W to 8 St.
Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members
In Beirut, five women meet regularly in a beauty salon, a colorful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations mix, talk and confide in each other. In the salon, the women's intimate and liberatedconversations revolve around men, sex and motherhood, in between haircuts and sugar waxing with caramel. Nisrine (Yasmine Al Masri) is a spirited bombshell on the verge of marrying a conservative Muslim even though she is no longer a virgin. Jamale (Gisele Aouad), an aging actress and divorced mother of two, goes to absurd lengths to hold back time. Rima (Joanna Moukarzel) suppresses her attraction to women, until her own dream girl walks through the door. Seamstress Rose (Siham Haddad) deflects the attentions of a gentleman suitor to care for her older sister. And Layale (played by the stunning Labaki), the owner and lifeblood of the salon, carries on a hopeless affair with a married man. When her lover beeps his car horn outside the shop, the other women roll their eyes, but they let her go.
Born in Lebanon in 1974, Nadine Labaki studied media at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. Her school film project was awarded in Paris in 1998. She went on to directing commercials and musical clips for well known Middle-Eastern artists. In 2004, she attended the Résidence du Festival de Cannes to write Caramel.
About the Presenting Organizations:
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.
Alwan for the Arts serves the Arab community and educates the broader
public by showcasing a range cultural events; 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
Arab countries 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
Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East is a grassroots
strategic alliance of concerned organizations and individuals in New
York, formed to demand an immediate, unconditional, and permanent end
U.S. and U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East. In
response to the continuing injustices committed by the U.S. and Israel,
which constitute gross violations of international law, Adalah-NY
with the people of the Middle East in their demands for justice,
equality, democracy, and respect for human rights.
© Copyright 3rd I NY 2002-2008. All Rights Reserved.
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.