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Thursday, October 23, 7pm

Film Screening: Salvation Army at the 29th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Join Woodland Pattern at the 29th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival! We are co-sponsoring the Festival's October 23rd presentation of SALVATION ARMY, Moroccan author Abdellah Taïa's poetic adaptation of his own memoir/novel, which recounts the coming of age of one North African gay man; the story of one boy's emergence into self, and, therefore, into exile. Books will be available for purchase; stunning imagery will be available for your contemplative immersion. The screening is at 7pm, in the UWM Union Theatre. The Festival runs October 16-26. For complete ticket and schedule information see: arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm

Salvation Army film

Salvation Army (L'armée du Salut)
(Abdellah Taïa, France/Morocco, In Arabic and French with English subtitles, 84 min., 2013)

The most poetically realized film of this year's Festival is this beautifully observed succession of vignettes depicting the coming of age of one Moroccan gay man, a story of one boy's emergence into self and, therefore, into exile. Directed by Moroccan author Abdellah Taia, who here translates his own memoiristic novel to the screen, Salvation Army recounts two formative chapters (more like stanzas, really) of Abdellah's life: his boyhood in a Moroccan village where he sustains his first lessons in sexuality and power; and his arrival in the Western world—on scholarship to Switzerland—where he must meet instruction of a different sort. With the considerable assistance of renowned cinematographer Agnès Godard, Taïa's film is strikingly quiet yet, graced with the time of observation, compelling with an earned sense of how language, race, and sexuality work in negotiating a hostile world.

Salvation Army film

Co-sponsored by Woodland Pattern. Also presented with the Alliance Française de Milwaukee, the UWM Center for International Education; the UWM Festival of Films in French, and the UWM Center for 21st Century Studies

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