Odd Couplings Film Series 2005
November 2, 9, 16, & 29
All screenings at the Wang Center Theater. Admission is free.
An inspirational story of Katie (Mika Boorem), a girl who leaves her privileged lifestyle in California to volunteer in China. One of her teachers (Sean Astin) introduces Katie to the Doctor's Gift Program (based on Operation Smile).There she meets Lin (Yi Ding), a young girl with a facial deformity who just happens to share her birthday. With Katie's friendship, a once shy Lin learns to embrace life. Come watch how two strangers from different worlds profoundly affect one another in this extraordinary film. "Based on 80,000 true stories." (Jeffrey Kramer, 2005, 107min., Mandarin with English subtitles)
Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., Wang Theater
Marathon (Running Boy)
Based on a true story, Marathon is about an autistic young man who, with the support of his mother, becomes a notable distance runner despite his intellectual handicap. Marathon honestly and poignantly depicts the hardships experienced by autistic people and their families.This is a powerful story conveying disability and the lack of tolerance society has for people who are different and how strong bonds overcome these obstacles. Co-sponsored with the Center for Korean Studies and the Korean Cultural Service of New York. (Written & directed by Jeong Yun-Cheol, 2004).
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m., Wang Center Theater
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
Good might not always prevail, but it triumphs here in a heart- warming love story set in India's Hindu-Muslim conflict. Raja Chowdhary (Rahul Bose), a Muslim photographer, and Meenakshi Iyer (Konkona Sensharma), a Brahmin woman, become well acquainted on a bus ride to Calcutta as Raja assumes responsibility for the woman and her child. The film takes an unexpected turn as Hindu extremists stop the bus in search of Muslim blood to avenge the burning of a Hindu village. Meenakshi who is initially surprised and skeptical eventually claims Raja as her Hindu husband, Mr. Iyer, in order to save his life. (Aparna Sen, 2002, 120 min., Bengali with English)
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m., Wang Theater
A domestic comedy about Donya, a young woman returning to Iran for business. After hiring Haji, a traditional, conservative, much older, married man, they fall in love and get married. Haji’s new-found passion causes him to change his style, cut his hair, and even send his family on vacation in order to get them out of his way. Once his wife returns, his problems begin to multiply. (Manouchehr Mosayeri, 2003, 105 min., Farsi with English subtitles)
Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m., Wang Theater