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Global Lens Film Series: Qarantina
Thursday, October 25, 2012
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Auditorium (3rd Floor)
Directed by Oday Rasheed
Arabic, with subtitles in English
Iraq, 2010, 90 minutes
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household’s unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family’s lecherous father.
A broken family under an incestuous patriarch lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated Baghdad house. The pregnant daughter has fallen silent, finding some protection from the patriarch’s young second wife and his preteen son. Meanwhile, hard up for money, the household must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a contract killer. In such a house, though, it may be that freedom and safety actually lie beyond the gates.
Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed’s second feature gorgeously captures contemporary Baghdad’s moody interior and stunned atmosphere, echoed in performances by a formidable cast who suggest unexpected resilience in the wake of catastrophe.