January 7, 2010
Double your pleasure, double your fun! No, this isn’t a chewing gum ad—it’s the latest bout of free entertainment to be had at the Smithsonian.
This Friday at the Freer, the Iranian Film Festival is in full swing. This week you can catch Consulting God Estekhareh. When people can’t solve life’s problems for themselves, they turn to clerics for advice—and the religious community has gone as far as using the Internet to meet the demand for divine assistance. Learn about this new trend in human spirituality in this short documentary.
Afterwards, sit tight for A Man Who Ate His Cherries, a story about Reza, a factory worker who is having trouble paying alimony and then hears that a coworker received a sizable sum of money from the insurance company after losing fingers in a work-related accident. In order to prove that he is a capable person, Reza begins considering his options.
These movies are free; however, due to demand, assigned seating is in effect for this event. Free tickets (limit two per person) will be distributed one hour before show time.
But wait—there’s more! On Saturday, January 9, the African Art Museum will be showing two films from the French New Wave. First up is Jean-Luc Goddard’s Breathless, a story about a car thief who’s on the lam and tries to rekindle a romance with his American girlfriend. How’s that for multitasking? Following this is Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad, a film that, through surrealistic flashbacks that toy with your sense of time and place, explores the enigmatic relationships between three people. Why are these showing at the African Art museum you might ask? Because these are the films that inspired artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, whose work is currently on display at the museum.
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