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About 111 Girls - next film in the Global Roots series
Directors: Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira
Iraq | 2012 | Narrative | Farsi & Kurdish w/English subtitles
Narrative | 79 minutes
Film source: Global Lens
Sunday, June 9, 5pm, North End Studios
A government official, carrying a message from Iran’s president, travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Racing against the clock, they travel into territory simmering with resentment at official neglect and the hardship it has sown among a proud people. Against a dramatically colorful physical and human landscape, wistful longing mingles with dreamlike desire and absurdist humor as the three travelers meander helplessly in a land riddled with contradictions.
About the Directors: Nahid Ghobadi was born in Baneh, Iran in 1964. She studied librarianship at Tehran University and film at Columbia College Hollywood, is a published poet and has directed nine short films and documentaries. About 111 Girls is her first feature film.
Bijan Zamanpira was born in Sanandaj, Iran in 1965. He studied Persian
language and literature at Payame Noor University in Tehran and has directed eleven short films and documentaries. About 111 Girls is his first feature film.
A full “Study Guide” about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here PDF)
The full schedule of the series is below
Global Roots screening schedule
Above is the schedule for the series. For detailed info about each film, please scroll down the page. Excuse our appearance while we give our website a total overhaul.
Global Roots - 2nd Sunday of every month - Apr-Sept 2013
Global Roots is a new monthly Series of great films originating from the mother countries of many of the New American communities in Vermont. Part of VTIFF’s mission is to work with and for the community, and the 6 films in the 2013 Global Roots Series reflect the richness and diversity of the population.
Films from Serbia, Nepal, Iraq, China, Mexico and Rwanda.
Every second Sunday of the month through September at North End Studios - 294 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington.
Snackbar available, or bring your own food and beverage. Nearby restaurants:
Farah’s, Barrio, the Himalayan Food Market on North Street and many others.
Note: Films not suitable for small children.
The screenings are FREE! (Donations accepted)
Series sponsored by: OLD SPOKES HOME and by Anonymous, Reid & Jane Grayson, Marcia Hemley, Joe & Susan Hasazi, Sherrill Musty, Joel & Hinda Miller Fund. Thank you!
Sun, April 14, 5pm
THE PARADE (PARADA)
Director: Srdjan Dargojecvic
Croatia-Macedonia-Serbia-Slovenia | Comedy | 115 min | 2011
Sun, May 12, 5pm
Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Nepal | Drama | 80 min | 2012
Sun, June 9, 5pm
ABOUT 111 GIRLS
Director: Nahid Ghobadi, Bijan Zamanpira
Iraq | Drama | 79 min | 2013
Sun, July 14, 5pm
BEIJING FLICKERS (YOU-ZHONG)
Director: Zhang Yuan
China | Drama | 96 min | 2012
Sun, Aug 11, 5pm
THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL
Director: Sebastián del Amo
Mexico | Drama | 90 min | 2012
Sun, Sept 8, 5pm
GREY MATTER (MATIERE GRISE)
Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Rwanda | Drama | 90 min | 2012 | co-presented with Global Lens
5 out of the 6 films come from the Global Film Initiative.
We’re especially grateful to the Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund for their grant in 2012 which provided us with seed money to bring this series to fruition.