Women of the Silk Road

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Women of the Silk Road  

In Real Life and Popular Imagination  

@ The Gandhi House
929 South Plymouth Avenue
Rochester, NY

7 pm, Wednesdays, May 7th, 14th, 21st


The Gandhi Institute and Deconstructed Globe will present three films, from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, that take us into the lives of ordinary women living in extraordinary times.   These women’s lives, emerge from ancient cultures into uncertainty, in a century of violent revolutions, changing national and religious ideals, and the emergence of new cultural formulas.   The woman at the center of each film faces a cataclysmic experience of transformation that challenges her very survival will with integrity, resilience and a deep sense of identity.

Each film will be followed by a time for discussion.

May 7: Silent Water ( خاموش پانی ) Pakistan,  2003

This is the story of Ayesha, a widow living in a rural Pakistani village with her teenage son, Saleem.   A seemingly idyllic life unravels as the winds of change call Saleem into a new and dangerous society, and carry ghosts of a terrible past to Ayesha’s door.   Local filmmaker, Mara Ahmed will join the discussion after the film to answer questions about the historical events that give context to the events in the film.

May 14: Bliss ( Mutluluk ) Turkey, 2007

Beautiful cinematography in Rural Turkey, Istanbul and along the Mediterranean coast.  Traditional and modern cultures meet as two young people confront disaster.   Wrongly accused, Meryem is targeted for death.  Cemal is chosen to be her executioner, but he has no heart for the task and instead becomes an unwilling protector . . . until their travels carry them to the truth.

May 21:  Our Times ( Ruz-egar-e-ma) Iran, 2001

This documentary is particularly relevant because of the hard economic situation in Iran right now, and the election of Hassan Rouhani to the Presidency.   It contrasts the election of Mohammed Khatami, an enormously popular liberal cleric, with the life of a young single mother, living in Tehran with her mother and daughter.   Leila Zand of Fellowship of Reconciliation will join the discussion after the film.


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