MPAC Partners with LA Film Festival to Screen ‘Wadjda’

Los Angeles, CA: Join the Muslim Public Affairs Council at the L.A. Film Festival for a screening of the feature film “Wadjda” followed by a Q&A with director on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Presented by  Film Independent , the festival will run from June 13-23 at the Nokia Theater in downtown LA.
"This rousing, pioneering gem -- not only the first Saudi Arabian feature film shot within the Kingdom, but also the first ever directed by a Saudi woman -- focuses on a remarkable 10-year-old girl named Wadjda, who sets her sights on buying a beautiful green bicycle so she can race her friend Abdullah through the suburban streets of Riyadh," said  Deana Nassar , MPAC's Hollywood Liaison. "How this cheekily subversive tale, whose heroine confronts centuries of male-dominated tradition, got made in Saudi Arabia is a small miracle. It will probably never be shown there -- the country has no cinemas -- but audiences everywhere else will happily succumb to its charms."
Presented by Film Independent, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers, the LA Film Festival is a world-class cinematic event that showcases the best in new American and international cinema and provides the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically-acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging new talent.
The festival features programs such as the filmmaker retreat, several outdoor screenings, coffee talks with the filmmakers and more. In addition, short films by high school students and music videos are also screened.

“Wadjda”
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. Screening: Regal Promenade Stadium 13
Saturday, June 22, 3:10 p.m. Screening: Also on DIRECTV Theatre/Regal 9
Both Theaters are located at L.A. LIVE
1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

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