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fundamentalistWe don’t go to see a lot of films, but recently we saw two very good ones.  If you have ever wondered how someone who seems to have everything going for them could turn and go down a very dark path, The Reluctant Fundamentalist will appeal.  It is a story of a young Pakistani man, who realizes the American dream until 9/11.  I won’t say more so I don’t spoil the movie for you, but this film is worth watching.

Photo courtesy of coolhuntParis

Photo courtesy of coolhuntParis

From the American dream to a young girl’s dream, the second film, Wadjda is the first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia, by that country’s first female movie director, Haifaa al-Mansour. Prince Walid bin Talal backed the film financially. The movie is a delightful tale of a Saudi girl’s dream to own a bicycle (forbidden in Saudi Arabia).  Woven into the story are many of the issues facing middle class Saudis today – a perspective seldom exposed.  This movie has been banned in Saudi Arabia (there are no cinemas there anyway) and that is unfortunate.  Haifaa’s sensible handling of some very controversial subject matter is stellar.

You will find these movies showing at indie and alternative theatres.  Enjoy!

Until next time,

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