|Global Visions film series continues with "Caramel"|
The University of North Dakota Department of Anthropology Global Visions Film Series will screen Lebanese actor and director Nadine Labaki's "Caramel" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The film is in Arabic with English subtitles.
"Sukkar banat"—the film's original Arabic title—zeroes in on the lives of several women who frequent a beauty salon in Beirut. They connect with each other over common concerns while enjoying amenities offered by the salon. Though the film reveals a glimpse into Lebanese issues, it focuses on the relationships between others without getting too confrontational.
“The film notes Muslim and Christian double standards in passing, but like the recent Israeli charmer 'The Band's Visit,' it ignores political turbulence to focus on universal humanist values," said Minneapolis Star-Tribune film critic Colin Covert in his recent review of the movie. “The multigenerational cast members have one foot in Western modernity and the other in male-dominated tradition. "Caramel" is a bittersweet treat.”
The Department of Anthropology's popular Global Visions Film Series brings an array of international films to the Grand Forks community. Two films are presented each month in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota. Attendance is free, but a donation of $1 is requested.
Upcoming films, all at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, are:
"Caramel" - Tuesday, Feb. 16
"A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" - Tuesday, Mar. 9
"War Dance" - Tuesday, Mar. 30
"The Stoning of Soraya" - Tuesday, April 6
"Local Color" - Tuesday, April 20
"American Violet" - Tuesday, May 4