Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Xmas diary. Haringey Independent Cinema

Just a quick note for your busy Xmas diary. Haringey Independent Cinema's last film of 2014 will be onTHURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER from 7pm. As with all December films we will be putting something a little extra back into the community by providing a small token of appreciation to all our supporters. Between the two film we will be showing there will be a little time where we can socialise and enjoy some free food and drink for everyone who comes along on the night. 
Both films have sub titles, so hopefully our deaf friends will feel there isa reason to come along and enjoy the night with us. For those using dial-a-ride, the night will finish just before 10pm.
All the normal details. Cost is £4 or £3 if you are low/unwaged. Nearest buses are: 41, 341, 67 and 230. If you need any more details check out our website at http://www.haringey.org.uk/hic/ or just email be back with requests.
The two films will be:
YPJ Kurdish Female Fighters: A Day in Syria
followed by:
We would love to see you all in December to celebrate another positive year for Haringey Independent Cinema (we would have been showing films now every month for 9 years!!! - where does the time go).
From all of us at Haringey Independent Cinema
YPJ Kurdish Female Fighters: A Day in Syria Rozh Ahmad, 25 mins, August 2014Female fighters of the pro-Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina Jin (Women Protection Units, or YPJ) tell their stories, their experiences, why they joined and what they fight for in this women-only militia amid the civil war in Syria. This film is only a couple of months old.

WADJDAHaifaa al-Mansour Germany/Saudi Arabia/USA/United Arab Emirates 2012
97 mins Cert. PG Arabic, English subtitles
Wadjda, the first film made by a female Saudi filmmaker, is the story of a spirited young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh. Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is determined to buy a bike so she can race against her friend Abdullah. But in conservative Riyadh we are told, girls do not ride bikes; they are regarded as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. And, as a girl on the edge of puberty, she shouldn’t really be playing with Abdullah in any case. But she does, cheerfully and with cursory regard for mum’s fretting or the disapproval of her staunchly traditionalist teacher. What’s more, she enters a Qur’an-reading competition to win the money to buy the longed-for bike. 

In a country where women cannot drive or vote and cinemas are virtually banned writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour had to overcome many barriers to make this film; in more conservative neighbourhoods of Riyadh for example, she was obliged to direct scenes from inside a van, communicating via two-way radio. Wadjda may be funny and romantic but it hides a political edge that never soft-pedals its push for reform.

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