Arranged examines cultural differences and friendships

Arranged examines cultural differences and friendships

Film club presents Arranged

Time for the next presentation of the Williams Lake Film Club is this coming Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Gibraltar Room.

Time for the next presentation of the Williams Lake Film Club is this coming Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Gibraltar Room.

The title of our upcoming film is Arranged.

It is a U.S. film and runs for 90 minutes. Directed by J.J. Alani, the film is rated 14-plus and was first released in 2007.

You do not have to be a member to watch our films, just come, enjoy a different type of film, call it Indie, alternative, or whatever, and enjoy some yummies after and meet old friends or new people who might become friends.

How about this, as it is a U.S. film, it is mostly in English. But then again, as it is a U.S. film, other languages are spoken, such as Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish. And for that we have English subtitles.

Another clincher — this is a heartwarming and often funny film, sometimes even hilarious.

This little aside is for the people who have told me (or others) that they sometimes cannot sleep after watching a film we brought in.

In Arranged we see the struggles of two very different women, Rochel, an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira, a Muslim.

They befriend each other while first-year teachering at a Brooklyn public school. As you probably can imagine, a public school in Brooklyn, New York, is a melting pot of different cultures, languages, and religions.

Rochel and Nasira find comfort in the tribulations of their shared experience as they are also both expected to marry soon.

There are the parents, relatives, even match makers. And there are their dreams of a romantic marriage based on true love.

The young women are sophisticated and open-minded, but they are learning that any and each culture has a certain bias and closed-mindedness. North American culture as well, which accommodates and even promotes gays, lesbians, and most other non-mainstream groups, but who does not seem to tolerate religious conservatives of other cultures.

Arranged deals beautifully with this difficult dilemma, in a light-handed manner and non-preaching way.

As Bonnie Scheib from Variety Magazine said: “Arranged a pure pleasure to watch … splendidly natural performances.”

As I say, come and let’s watch this together. Arranged really does have something to tell you, in a very nice and easy way.

Remember, all the proceeds from our screenings go to support the LDA, Williams Lake Chapter of the Association for Students with Learning Disabilities, for one-on-one tutoring.

At our last movie we presented the association with a $2,000 cheque thanks to you movie goers ­— right on!

Back doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $9 general, $8 for members, and $6 for seniors (65+) and students, HS and TRU.


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