A Door to the Sky

06/26/2017

Morocco / 1989 / Arabic & French

Directed by Farida Benlyazid

With Zakia Tahri, Chaabia Laadraoui, Eva Saint-Paul

Still from 'A Door to the Sky'Religion has something of a double life; it is daily interactions and customs, and then it is also the mysticism behind them, those things not meant to be tested against reality. Its two faces shore each other up, protect one another from irrelevance and scrutiny. If the necessary degree of mystery wasn’t there, belief would lose its background sense of consequence, of gravity. A film that looks at Islam through the story of a French-Moroccan woman discovering her roots, A Door to the Sky¬†muses on the utility of religion when cloven by a cultural disconnect and then sutured by good intentions for humanity.

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The Day Shall Dawn

06/12/2017

Pakistan / 1959 / Urdu

Directed by AJ Kardar

With Zurain Rakshi, Khan Ataur Rahman, Tripti Mitra

Still from 'The Day Shall Dawn'In a lacquered night scene, fishermen call to each other across the water in sing-song voices. Huge catfish writhe and gulp in the boat. The dark of the water merges with the dark of the night, people’s lucent faces encrusted by lamplight. Here in the Ganges delta, water is everywhere and everything: it acts as road and neighborhood, a collection of capillaries and veins matting at the Bay of Bengal. The water sits all around, hangs vividly in the morning light, and runs with the people’s blood. They live and die by it. Read the rest of this entry »