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Reshaping Our World: Cinema without Borders
When: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm | July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2

Tickets:$10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors) | Series pass for all screenings: $30

To receive the Walker member discount, use the code mizna8 at ticket checkout

Where: Walker Cinema | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

In solidarity with the majority Muslim countries recently targeted by the presidential travel ban and with Minnesota immigrants and refugees affected by the chaos left in its wake, Mizna-the Arab American arts organization- joins with Walker Moving Image to screen films from Africa and the Middle East. The program draws from the rich tradition of filmmaking in these regions to screen both classic and contemporary films that redefine and reshape the landscape of stereotyped representations through cinematic technique and storytelling.

Still from A Stray

Wednesday, July 5: A STRAY preceded by short film RUMEE
The opening night of Reshaping our World: Cinema without Borders presents local stories and artistic vision from our Somali-American community in Minneapolis. Starring a largely local cast, A Stray is the story of a young Somali-American down on his luck in Minneapolis. The film follows Adan as he roams the streets of Minneapolis looking for direction in life, which plays out through the forging a friendship with a stray dog. 2016, in English, 82 minutes. A Stray is preceded by a screening of Rumee, a documentary short series created by emerging local voices in our Somali community that share refugee stories from a strength based perspective.

Still from The Dupes (Al Makhdu'un)

Wednesday, July 12: THE DUPES (Al Makhdu'un)
Based on Ghassan Kanafani's short story, "Men in the Sun," Saleh's The Dupes depicts the story of three Palestinian exiles as they look for a smuggler to take them to Kuwait where the promise of work and prosperity lead to a deadly race against time. Set in Iraq, but shot in Syria, Saleh's classic film captures beautiful scenery and engaging performances from its lead characters. 1973, in Arabic with English subtitles, 107 minutes.

Still from The Cow (Gaav)

Wednesday, July 19: THE COW (Gaav)
Largely considered the first film of the Iranian New Wave, The Cow (Gaav) portrays villager Masht Hassan's unraveling from reality after the loss of his beloved cow. 1969, in Persian with English subtitles, 105 minutes.

Still from The Forgotten (Al Mansiyun)

The stories of shifting landscapes and displacement, told through cinematic works from countries such as Iraq, Yemen, and Syria, demonstrate the effects of foreign interests and imperial projects on those living within the contested borders of the Middle East. Featuring Amal's Garden, Nesma's Birds, Poet of the Sea, The Mosque, Karama Has No Walls, and The Forgotten (Al Mansiyun).

Still from Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass)

Wednesday, August 2: TASTE OF CHERRY (Ta'm e Guilass) preceded by short film TAKE ME HOME
Winner of the 1997 Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Taste of Cherry is an intriguing meditation on life and death as a man on the brink of suicide searches for someone to bury his body. 1997, in Persian with English subtitles, 95 minutes. Taste of Cherry is preceded by short film Take Me Home Kiarostami's last film, which follows a football as it traverses a southern Italian town. Rhythmic movements accompanied by a jazz score are characteristically and elegantly composed by the director against the chaos of chance. 2016, 16 minutes.

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