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The A. M. Qattan Foundation's Monthly Events Programme: July 2019

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3 July 2019 

Film Screening: Pather Panchali "Song of the Little Road" (1955)

Time and Location: at A.M. Qattan Foundation's Building in Al-Tira, Ramallah, at 6:00 p.m.

126 mins. | +13 | Bengali with Arabic subtitles | India

Director: Satyajit Ray

The first instalment in the ground-breaking Apu Trilogy, Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) is a deceptively simple and even slight story, made remarkable for fully inhabiting the world of its young protagonist.

Apu, a small boy, lives with his impoverished family in rural West Bengal. His father, a priest lost in dreams of writing plays and poetry, is too soft-spoken and shy to ask his employer for his well-earned pay. Meanwhile, Apu’s mother is mired in the daily tasks of motherhood: looking after him and his sister Durga while struggling with her demanding in-laws and an idealistic husband.

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      8 July 2019 

      Palestine International Festival / Shayfeen Ensemble - Morocco 

      Time and Location: at A.M. Qattan Foundation's Building in Al-Tira, Ramallah, at 8:00 p.m.

      The visionary group Shayfeen is unmissable in the Moroccan rap scene. The group’s open-mindedness as touted by its members, Shobee and Small X, stood out from group’s beginnings. While Shayfeen serves as a reminder of the importance of trap music to Morocco’s young people, the group ambitiously shows the world that Moroccan rappers can compete on an international level.

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      10 July 2019 

      Flim Screening: Sherlock Jr. (1924)

      Time and Location: at A.M. Qattan Foundation's Building in Al-Tira, Ramallah, at 6:00 p.m.

      56 mins. | +21 | Sitent with English intertitles & Arabic subtitles | United Kingdom

      Director: Buster Keaton

      Sherlock Jr., starring Buster Keaton—who also wrote and directed the film—tells the story of a film projectionist who longs to be a detective, putting his meagre skills to work by dreaming himself into the movies he screens for the audience. Keaton’s third feature is famous for its groundbreaking use of nearly every silent comedy film technique, including utilising Keaton’s own formidable physical skills and the use of remarkable camera trickery.

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      17 July 2019 

      Film Screening: Life is Sweet (1990)

      Time and Location: at A.M. Qattan Foundation's Building in Al-Tira, Ramallah, at 6:00 p.m.

      103 mins. | +16 | English with Arabic subtitles | United Kingdom

      Director: Mike Leigh

      Tracing the working-class malaise of suburban London, this comedy-drama focuses on twin sisters Natalie and Nicola, who couldn’t be more different. Natalie, ever the enterprising and optimistic soul, trudges away at a dreary job, but is hopeful that better things lie in wait. Nicola, on the other hand, is on the dole and deeply pessimistic, doubtful that things could ever change.

      Life is Sweet proved to be a pivotal work in establishing Mike Leigh’s career who, up until that point, was held in high regard for his work in television and smaller, independent films – but nothing prepared audiences for this revelatory work which debuted in 1990.

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      24 July 2019 

      Film Screening: Naked (1993)

      Time and Location: at A.M. Qattan Foundation's Building in Al-Tira, Ramallah, at 6:00 p.m.

      131 mins.| +18 | English with Arabic subtitles | United Kingdom

      Director: Mike Leigh

      Arguably Mike Leigh’s most underrated and radical work, Naked tells the brilliantly divisive story of a restless and violent drifter, Johnny. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, Johnny shambles around London on a nocturnal odyssey, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people while scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from the film’s leads, Naked is a black and comical look at England’s seedy underbelly.

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      31 July 2019 

      Film Screening: Secrets and Lies (1996)

      Time and Location: at A.M. Qattan Foundation's Building in Al-Tira, Ramallah, at 6:00 p.m.

      142 mins. | +15 | English with Arabic subtitles | United Kingdom

      Director: Mike Leigh

      The protagonist, Hortense Cumberbatch, is a young black optometrist who, following the death of her adoptive parents, decides to track down her biological mother. In contrast to the stylish and composed Hortense, her birth mother, Cynthia Rose Purley, is a nervous wreck with a chaotic family life: her second daughter is a ball of anger and her younger brother has been out of touch for two years. Moreover, to Hortense’s great surprise, her mother is white.

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