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European Month of Culture: Mustang & Sandtown Project

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents the 2015 film Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and 2016 documentary Sandtown Project by Francescu Artily as part of the European Month of Culture.

Co-written with French director Alice Winocour, Mustang tells the story of five adolescent sisters coming of age in a small town on the Black Sea, in Turkey. After playing innocent games with their male classmates, the family overreacts and removes all “instruments of corruption”, essentialy imprisoning the girls and subjecting them to lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. Lale, the youngest of the siblings, closely observes their victories and mistakes in order to craft her own, independent path.

The story of an emancipation, the film is a powerful take on contemporary Turkey.

Mustang won the Spain’s Goya award of the best European film in 2016 and was selected at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

In Turkish with English subtitles

Mustang will be preceded by Sandtown Project by French director Francescu Artily (2016, 32 min). The documentary presents Sandtown Murals project in Baltimore and demonstrates the transformative power of the arts as a means of cultural dialogue and liberation. The project was led by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with CrossCurrents Foundation.

Sandtown Project teaser https://vimeo.com/163376509

In English and French with English subtitles

 

Online registration is required here for this free admission screening.

This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through a generous grant from TV5 Monde.

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