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Fall 2019 Film Series- On the Job

1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

7PM

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

Films

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (9/4)

The Judge (10/2)

Working Woman (11/6)

A Revolution in Four Seasons (12/4)

 

September 4th

Jafar Panahi's Taxi 

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From Vanity-

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.

Director 
Jafar Panahi

Language 
Persian (with English subtitles) 

Length 
82 min

 

October 10th 

The Judge

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From IndieWire-

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.

Director 
Erika Cohn

Language 
Arabic (with English subtitles) & English

Length 
76 min

 

November 6th

Working Woman

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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.

Director 
Michal Aviad

Language 
Hebrew (with English subtitles)

Length 
93 min

 

December 4th

A Revolution in Four Seasons

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From Nonfics

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.

Director 
Jessie Deeter

Language 
English, French, Arabic (with English subtitles)

Length 
87 min

 

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