Very Secret Movie club ratings

movie rating
The Child 4/5
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 4/5
The Son's Room 3.5/5
Stranger Than Paradise 3/5
Dancer in the Dark
ChungKing Express
Happy Together3.5/5
My Blueberry Nights
Wild at Heart4/5
Summer Hours2/5
Blue Velvet
Inland Empire

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Niki Karimi in Berkeley on March 1st [Sunday], 3pm-9pm

Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran

Director and actress Niki Karimi joins us on March 1 to present her films One Night and A Few Days Later . . . . Well known for her portrayals of forceful, independent women in such films as Sara (1993), Two Women (1999), and The Hidden Half (2001), she also assisted Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami on The Wind Will Carry Us and ABC Africa before going on to direct her own films. In advocating for what she calls “the kind of cinema which describes reality and which gets close to people’s daily lives without making compromises,” she speaks for many of the courageous women whose works are presented here.

A celebration of women filmmakers from North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the diaspora in Europe, this series represents a remarkable geographic, cultural, and stylistic range. In documentaries, features, and experimental works, the directors depict urban attitudes and rural traditions, the dream of escape and the isolation of exile, and the comforts and entrapments of family. But as James Neil, co-curator of the British series that inspired this one, has said, a common theme runs through the films: “They are about women who struggle and strive against their surroundings, and they’re directed by women who have had those experiences themselves.”


Leili said...

we watched it and it was good :) I think she is on her way of becoming a good director.

Sohrab said...

did you watch both of them? how was the first one?
I went to a previous screening of "A Few Days Later .." (back in 2007 at the PFA) and I liked it too.

soudabeh said...

I watched both, I liked "A few days later..." better, it was promising, but still looked like an initial idea which needs more work on it...but still her quality of work as a director was more than my expectations, as Leili put it I think she is on her way of becoming a good director.

Sohrab said...

did she talk about her future projects? any work in progress?

Hossein said...

Now, I am so curious to watch her film especially after Leili told it was a good movie. She was ok or not bad in the term of acting but I really like to see how talented she is in directing. Hope to find her movies to watch. :)

Hossein said...

This event is co-sponsored by the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University.
When: Tuesday March 10, 2009 6:30-8:30pmWhere: Cubberley Auditorium

soudabeh said...

Yes she said she has other projects, I guess she even named her next project but I don't remember :p