1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
Location: Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 130 (1500 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721)
Free and open to the public
All films have subtitled or spoken English
Can a filmmaker under house arrest make any more defiant a gesture than by directing a bonafide road movie? Such is the question implicitly posed by “Taxi,” the third surreptitious film a clef directed by Iran’s Jafar Panahi since his 2010 conviction on charges of conspiring to create
anti-Islamic propaganda. For an exceptionally lithe, inventive 80 minutes (staged in simulated real time), Panahi himself drives a taxi through the busy streets of Tehran, picking up various passengers who serve as conduits for a provocative discussion of Iranian social mores and the art of cinematic storytelling.
Persian (with English subtitles)
The Muslim Shari’a courts in the Middle East have excluded women for centuries, and the influential religious legal system has never appointed a woman as a judge — until Kholoud Al-Faqih came along. The Palestinian lawyer tells her story in Erika Cohn’s new documentary “The Judge”....
Cohn’s film follows Al-Faqih through her ongoing advocacy for women’s rights, providing a closeup look at the way she navigates personal and professional struggles while working her way up through the court system. She’s driven by several causes at once. “If I can’t achieve justice for myself, I can’t achieve justice for others,” she says in the film.
Arabic (with English subtitles) & English
From Screen Daily-
This tightly-focused workplace drama could hardly be more timely. Orna (Liron Ben Shlush), a smart, capable mother of three feels that she is more than up to the challenges of her new job, working for a high end real estate developer. But those challenges include fielding off the inappropriate attentions of her boss – attentions which incrementally push Orna out of her comfort zone. Issues come to a head during a business trip to Paris, and Orna decides to cut her ties with the job entirely. Her boss, however, has other ideas. Finely-drawn characters and the kind of grey-area scenario that may be uncomfortably familiar to many women make this a thought-provoking addition to the post #metoo conversation.
Hebrew (with English subtitles)
The film tells the story of post-revolution Tunisia through the lives of two young women, journalist Emna Ben Jemma and Constituent Assembly member Jawhara Ettis. While Emna, a self-described “blogger of the revolution,” dreams of a secular Tunisia in the image of western democracies like Sweden or France, Jawhara works with the Islamist Ennahada party to create a country that is both democratic and true to its Muslim roots. While they occupy radically different points on the political spectrum, both women are passionate about their country and determined to transform it into a functional democracy. Though the two women never meet on screen, Deeter uses the tension between them to explore broader fissures in post-revolution Tunisian society.
English, French, Arabic (with English subtitles)