Monday, April 28, 2008

Films on Boys in Jordan; Women in Indonesia

Irvine -- For the April 28, 2008 edition of Subversity on KUCI, we talk with the directors of two new films from Jordan and Indonesia showing at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival respectively.

In part 1 of the show, we talk with Director/Writer/Producer Amin Matalqa about his new film, "Captain Abu Raed" which screened at Sundance (where it won the World Cinema Audience award this year) and is the first feature film from Jordan in decades. Set in contemporary Jordan, the title character is a lonely janitor at Amman's international airport who befriends a group of neighborhood boys. Matalqa immigrated to the U.S. from Jordan at age 13, who decided to move from the telecommunications industry in Ohio to become a filmmaker in Los Angeles. Among the cast members is established Jordanian actor Nadim Sawalha, in the title role. Sawalha has been featured in British televsion as well as in two James Bond films, "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "The Living Daylights." He also appeared in "Syriana" opposite George Clooney. Sawalha won the 2007 best actor award at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Captain Abu Raed is the closing night film of the Newport Beach Film Festival, on Thursday, 1 May, at the Regency Lido Theatre in Newport Beach.

In part 2, we talk with Co-director Fatimah Tobing Rony, a UCI film and media studies professor. "Chants of Lotus" (Perempuan Punya Cerita) is a four-part film dissecting the social situation of women in frenetic, modern-day Indonesia. The film stars some of the major Indonesian actresses and the premiere showing in Indonesia was heavily censored. This Los Angeles showing is of the 35 mm original print, and uncensored. The film has its U.S. premiere Sunday, May 4, at 5 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America, Theater 2 as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

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