London Premiere: Rough Stage + Q&A
This screening is presented in collaboration with the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS and will take place at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Toomas Järvet hosted by Frontline Club’s Editorial Director Julianne Rooney.
Maher is a Palestinian man with a dream. An electrical engineer by trade, in his heart he’s a dancer. He wants to put on the first modern dance production at the cultural centre in Ramallah, but those around him view this art form with incomprehension and disapproval. To make matters worse, the dance tackles the subject of freedom, a particularly risky subject for this former political prisoner.
Maher’s parents are bewildered by their son’s plans; all they want is for him to get married. His brother believes that the country simply isn’t ready for such abstract art and advises him to provide more explanation. Money is desperately short, and the authorities aren’t being very cooperative.
Rough Stage follows Maher’s perseverance and passion as he rehearses with four other dancers, attempting to win his family’s support.
Directed by: Toomas Järvet
Produced by: Eero Talvistu for Exitfilm, Tõnis Liivamägi for Kinotehnik
The event is free to attend and is open to the public. But please note that seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.