SAGA Film Fest this coming weekend

Don Buskirk

SAnctuary GAbriola

Tuesday, May 16 2017

SAGA (SAnctuary GAbriola, sponsors of our Syrian family) is hosting a Festival of Foreign Film at the Roxy.  Admission is by donation.  These six, seldom-seen, feature-length films are all entertaining; each has a story to tell.

Sat. May 20, 1:00 p.m.  Caramel – Charming, lovely  and hard to resist.

The peaceful Middle East you seldom hear about.  

The lives and loves of women customers, co-workers, and neighbours of a Christian, Arabic-speaking beauty parlour in Beirut, Lebanon.

Sat. May 20, 4:00 p.m.  Benda Bilili – A musical documentary depicting the rise of Staff Benda Bilili, a dynamic band of street musicians from D. R. Congo who overcame physical disability and extreme poverty to become stars of the world music circuit.

Sat. May 20, 7:00 p.m.  Latcho Drom – Non-stop music and dance!

The music and dance of Roma (a.k.a. Gypsies), tracing their migration route.

Performed by local troupes in India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, France and Spain. 

Sun. May 21, 1:00 p.m.  Gabbeh – Elegantly lyrical; stunningly visual.

The romance of a Qashqa’i nomad girl inspires the colours and patterns of a tribal carpet known as Gabbeh.  Follow the tribe’s annual migration through stunning scenery.  A peek into a non-Western culture and how it records history.

Sun. May 21, 4:00 p.m.  War Dance – Moving and heartwarming.

A documentary about a poor, remote school for war orphans in Uganda that decides to enter the country’s prestigious tribal dance competition. 

Sun. May 21, 7:00 p.m. Where Do We Go Now

A “plucky, whimsical, mildly naughty, and blithely sentimental” comedy about a remote village in Lebanon where Muslim and Christian women conspire to keep their menfolk from fighting.

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