By Shelby Clark
The holiday season is coming, and with jingle bells and huge displays of red and green comes movie season. However, until December rolls around, metro Detroiters might find themselves pining for quality film.
Luckily, Ferndale’s own Affirmations has been hosting a weekly movie meet-up, Womyn’s Film Night, for quite some time. The group hosts various films, generally independent, each week involving women’s issues, LGBT issues, etc. The social group hosts discussion on each movie.
The next meet up will screen “Circumstance.” The winner of a Sundance Audience Award for Best Drama, the film centers around Iranian teen girls Atafeh and Shireen (played by Nikohl Boosheri and Sarah Kazemy, respectviely) as they explore their “forbidden attraction” to one another in modern-day Tehran.
Other focuses in the movie include Mehran (Reza Sizo Safai), Atafeh’s brother, who returns home after drug rehab and faces dismay at his sister’s actions. Instead of following his dream to become a classical musician, Mehran becomes a member of Iran’s “morality police.”
Maryam Keshavarz, the writer and director, is an Iranian woman who left her country for America. An open bisexual, Keshavarz received her MA in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Previous films shown during Womyn’s Film Night include “The Iron Lady” and “This is How We Do It”. Future movies to be shown in November include a lesbian vampire film, “She Likes Girls,” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
Womyn’s Film Night takes play at 7 p.m. every Friday, unless otherwise specified in BTL’s calendar or at http://www.goaffirmations.org. “Circumstances” will be screened on Nov. 15.