Screening: The Half-Meter Incident

Tue, November 21, 2006 7:00 pm at Two Boots Pioneer Theater

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY

Launch Collaborative Monthly Film & Video Series @ Pioneer Theater

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month join us for the best in features, docs, & shorts that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, South Asia, and their diaspora. Given the historical and cultural affinities between these geographic regions, as well as the contemporary political landscape, these two cultural organizations are beginning a series of programming & marketing collaborations that encompass film, video, music, visual art, and literature. In an environment that turns these communities into enemies of the west, we find strength in creating alliances to provide more nuanced, yet genuinely critical views to New York audiences. The dialogue and networking will continue at the complimentary pizza & beer receptions after every screening in the Pioneer Series!

The Half-Meter Incident (Hadithat el-Nosf Metr) Samir Zikra, Syria, 1981, 110 min.

In The Half-Meter Incident, a man in his thirties has become a creature of habit, and still lives with his mother, despite her nagging that he finds someone to marry and go about changing his life. One day he meets a student on a bus, who has in fact been yearning for his attention for some time -- just a half-meter away from his body every day on the bus, on her way to the university. They have a potent if at first repressed attraction to one another, but the romance is soon strained and beset with conflict. The Half-Meter Incident is a benchmark in Syrian and pan-Arab cinema. Based on a story by Egyptian novelist Sabri Moussa, the narrative highlights the social contradictions and personal trauma experienced in the aftermath of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war

Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members Advance Tix:

About 3rd i NY 3rd i New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. For more info visit: 3rd i NY events are made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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