ADFF presents a special series of screenings for women
16.10.2012 - This year Abu Dhabi Film Festival
has something special for the ladies. Following the success of last
year's Ladies Night, this year's Festival hosts a special programme
of four screenings at VOX Cinemas in Marina Mall especially for
women… and only for women! If you feel like heading to the theatre
on your own, or if you feel like having a girls' day (or evening)
out, ADFF has the perfect lineup of films for you.
The programme starts with Nisha Pahuja's The World Before Her, screening on Monday, 15 October
at 4:30 pm. Toronto-based filmmaker Pahuja is
confrontational and provoking in telling the stories of the lives
of Indian women attending a boot camp in Mumbai which will
transform them into the most fitting candidates for Miss India. And
then another, in a boot camp run by Durga Vahini army, a Hindu
fundamentalist movement that teaches women among other
things, how to use weapons with live ammunition. (Pahuja is the
first filmmaker allowed access to the Durga Vahini camp.) Attendees
at both camps are under the impression that they are making their
own independent decisions that will change the future of Indian
women. Both profess to give women their independence yet at the
same time, control and manipulate them.
Next up is Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone, screening on 16 October. at 3:45
pm, followed by Annemarie Jacir's When I Saw You in the
same theatre at 6:30PM.
The Patience Stone, based on Rahimi's own novel, tells
the story of an Afghani wife abandoned and liberated by faith.
Silenced by years of being married to an absent war hero, she
finally giving herself the chance to speak as she nurses the body
of her sick husband. Her story represents that of thousands of
Afghani women who are left by their husbands for years, and dealing
with a deep feeling of hurt, humiliation, loneliness and struggle.
Do they just want to survive or do they want to hold their heads
high and live with pride?
In When I saw you, Annemarie Jacir (Salt of This
Sea) takes the viewer on a journey to 1967 in Jordan. Tens of
thousands of refugees flow across the border from Palestine to
Jordan, forced to abandon their homeland for temporary refugee
camps made of tents and prefab shelters, and hoping for the right
to return as had happened to the generation before them in 1948.
Tarek, an 11-year-old boy, and his mother try to settle in Harir
refugee camp - but Tarek longs to reunite with his father. His
curious nature leads him to discover a site in the Dibeen Forest
where Palestinians from the refugee camps receive military training
to liberate their lands.
The last chance to catch a Ladies-Only
Screening is Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need on Wednesday 17 October at 3:45
pm. Celebrating the unpredictability of life, Bier's latest film
(which follows her Oscar-winning ADFF alumni drama In a Better
World) is an intelligent romantic comedy that tells us the
story of Ida, a hairdresser and cancer survivor who discovers that
her husband is cheating on her with a gorgeous young blonde at
work. Meanwhile Ida's daughter is engaged, with the wedding to take
place in Italy; Ida's daughter prepares for her "I Do" as her
parents and soon-to-be husband's father (Pierce Brosnan) fly in for
the ceremony. A twist of events leads to romantic sparks and