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SCREENING: Sofia by Meryem Benm'Barek

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La Maison Française @ the Embassy of France

4101 Reservoir Rd NW

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TUESDAY, March 26 at 7:00 P.M.

at La Maison Française - Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

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SECURITY RULES: Each person attending the event must have a ticket registered in their name and a government-issued ID that matches the name on the reservation in order to enter the Embassy.

No need to print your ticket, but no one will be admitted without reservation and proper ID.

Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, doors will be closed at 7 p.m. sharp. Please allow extra time for security screening.

Limited street parking available on Reservoir Road. We encourage you to use taxi, ridesharing or public transportation.

SOFIA

By Meryem Benm'Barek

2018- France, Qatar - 80min.

When twenty-year-old Sofia buckles over in pain during a family gathering, her cousin Lena whisks her off to a hospital, telling her family she is taking her to the pharmacy to seek relief from a stomach ache. In fact, Sofia has gone into labor without knowing she was pregnant.

From here, writer-director Meryem Benm’Barek embarks the viewer on a nightmarish journey: Lena must implore a doctor to allow her unmarried cousin to deliver at his facility, where Sofia is dismissed immediately after the birth and instructed to come back with the father or face prosecution. Holding her newborn daughter, Sofia leads her cousin to one of Casablanca’s slums, in search of the father she barely knows.

Belgian cinematographer Son Doan’s mutable camerawork is calibrated with Benm'Barek's every shift of tone and melded seamlessely with the actresses' delivery. Benm’Barek’s confidence as a storyteller, particularly in delivering a stunning third-act twist, lifts Sofia above the level of social protest to reveal a profoundly complex, endlessly fascinating reality.

In French and Arabic with English subtitles.


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