PEACE WORKS 2018: MIDDLE EASTERN FILM FESTIVAL
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Peace Works 2018: Middle Eastern Film Festival
Saturday, September 15 2018
Full Pass: $30 general admission / $27 OFS – Available for purchase online
Single Tickets: $12 general admission / $9 OFS / $5 Kids 12 and under – Available at the door day of show
Doors 1:30PM / Show 2:00PM
The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression. This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma.
Dir. Roger Allers / US / 85 min
Doors 4:30PM / Show 5:00PM
Persepolis is a 2007 adult animated biographical comedy-drama film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The title is a reference to the historic city of Persepolis. An international co-production between companies in France and Iran, the film premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, where it co-won the Jury Prize. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Dir. Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud / France & Iran / 96 min
NAILA & THE UPRISING
Doors 7:30PM / Film 8:00PM
When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.
Dir. Julia Bacha / US & Palestine / 86 min