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Wadjda

 Wadjda won the poll so that will be our movie for Saturday, October 26th.  We will meet in the lobby of the Chez Artiste theater at 4:30 for the 4:50 screening of the film. After the film we will go somewhere in the area for food, drinks, and discussion.  Please update your RSVP if you are unable to attend.  If you wish to purchase tickets in advance, you may do so at the following link:  https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/(S(slpnm4trvzufa1hcwll4o3eh))/Ticketing.aspx?TheatreID=227&MovieID=14871&ShowDate=10/23/2013&ScheduleID=38010

 

See you soon!  Here is the info for the film:

Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend—a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with—Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately, but Wadjda's mother (Reem Abdullah) won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself, though her plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn‘t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams. Written and directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

Landmark Theatres Exclusive!

Filmmaker LetterFilmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour explores the strength of women in Saudi Arabia

Director:

Haifaa Al Mansour

Cast:

Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

MPAA Rating:

PG

Run Time:

1hr 37mins

Release Year:

2012

 

 

 

 




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  • A former member
    A former member

    Truly a landmark film. A remarkable, unpretentious, authentic, unselfconscious, and often humorous snapshot of daily challenges met by many young girls and women while performing their various roles in Saudi society. Jenn, thanks for posting link to interesting article in The Nation. FYI - During the 1980s, public cinemas were banned by conservative clerics who deemed cinemas to waste time and have a corrupting influence. There are mixed restaurants in Saudi, but at a cinema you'd have men and women entering a dark room and hanging out together. Trouble in Riyadh city!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Michele

    Well done and enjoyable!

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great night. It was really nice meeting you all

    October 27, 2013

  • Larry E.

    Great movie and conversation. Check out article in today's Post on 60 women in Saudi Arabia who are driving in spite of the strictures against it.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Bailey B.

    Thanks for running the meetup. Loved the movie and the restaurant!

    October 27, 2013

  • Jenn K

    Loved it!

    October 26, 2013

  • Dennis

    A very interesting movie. The food and the atmosphere at the restaurant were great, except a bit noisy for conversation. Still good company though!

    October 26, 2013

  • Janice P.

    sorry my car is having some problems. I don't want to risk it stalling at the theater. Take my name off the dinner list. Sorry.

    October 26, 2013

    • Jenn K

      Sorry you couldn't make it. Thanks for letting me know.

      October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have some transportation problems. But I thinkl I will still make for both. Maybe a bit late for the movie

    October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live near tennyson and w 44th

      October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I really appreciate it but I think I can manage. I just need to wait for my truck to arrive. But thank you very much

      October 26, 2013

  • Sandy

    I will not be joining you all for dinner, just for the movie.

    October 26, 2013

  • Jenn K

    I just went on line to buy my ticket and noticed that the start time is 5:00, not 4:50 like I originally thought. Also, ticket price is 10.50 and not discounted. Just an FYI. I will still be there at 4:30 to meet up with everyone and make sure we get decent seats. My neck is still recovering from showing up late to Salinger. ;)

    October 26, 2013

  • Polly A.

    I will also be joining the group for dinner after the movie today.

    October 26, 2013

  • Bailey B.

    I will be joining you at the restaurant after the movie.

    October 26, 2013

  • Dennis

    I hope to join the group at the restaurant. However, I'm just getting over a cold, so count me as a maybe.

    October 26, 2013

  • Jamie

    Yes I will be at marrakech.

    October 26, 2013

  • Janice P.

    Count me in for the Marrakech dinner.

    October 26, 2013

  • Larry E.

    I, too, will be riding on the Marrakech Express (C,S&N reference for you younger folks, though Graham Nash spelled the name with an 's', not 'c').

    October 26, 2013

  • Kevin

    I'll be joining the group at Marrakech afterwards

    October 26, 2013

  • Tarryn

    I'm on for the Marrakech Grill afterwards!

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ...Marrakech Grill - for sure!

    October 26, 2013

  • Chanil

    I will be joining you for discussion after the movie.

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Currently there are NO CINEMAS operating in Saudi Arabia; this is the first feature film directed by a WOMAN, albeit from inside a van, communicating with cast and crew via walkie-talkie. Expect awards galore for this little gem, released at Telluride (Colorado) Film Festival last month. This will be the first time Saudi Arabia has submitted a film for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Jenn K

    Great suggestions! I've posted a poll so make sure to vote by Tuesday evening, when I will announce the winner.

    October 20, 2013

  • Kelly C

    Short Term 12 also got really good reviews.

    October 19, 2013

  • Krystal

    Weeeooo!!

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another choice might be Don Jon, directed by Joseph Gordon Levitt, who also stars in the film along with Scarlett Johannson and Tony Danza and Julianne Moore. Getting good reviews as well.

    October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it could be a good choice

      October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Two other possible good options could be "12 years a slave" or "The Counselor"

    October 17, 2013

  • Tarryn

    Have you decided on a movie yet?

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If "Enough Said" is still playing in the theaters, how about that ? It's the last film James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) made before his death and it's gotten some very good critical acclaim.

    1 · October 14, 2013

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