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The Rendezvous - Special Advance Screening - Los Angeles
Thu, April 27, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM PDT
IT'S TIME FOR NEW HEROES IN HOLLYWOOD!
Be one of the first to see them up on the big screen when you join us for a special advance Los Angeles screening of The Rendezvous, the upcoming romantic thriller starring Stana Katic (Castle, Absentia) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland, Code Black). Inspired by Sarah Isaias's eponymous novel, director Amin Matalqua creates an intriguing blend of both modern and classic touches, resulting in a film experience that's as unique as it is entertaining!
When Rachel (Stana Katic), a Jewish-American doctor, and Jake (Raza Jaffrey), a Muslim-American U.S. State Department agent, join forces in a perilous quest to solve the mysterious death of Rachel’s brother, a biblical archeologist, they stumble upon a conspiracy that could literally lead to Armageddon. Caught in the middle of a plot to hasten the end of mankind, Rachel and Jake must solve the murder, save the world, and discover for themselves that true treasures are often hiding in plain sight.
Shot on location in Jordan, where the breathtaking vistas of Petra and the natural wonders of Wadi Rum figure prominently into the storyline, The Rendezvous is a thrilling ride in the grand tradition of classic Hollywood thrillers. Make room, Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood, because here come Yakub al-Shadi and Rachel Rozman, MD!
Following the film, there will be an interfaith panel exploring the issues and themes explored in the film, including extremism, prejudice, and inclusive narrative perspectives. Sue Obeidi, Director of the Hollywood Bureau of The Muslim Public Affairs Council, will introduce the panel, which will include director Amin Matalqa; Aziza Hassan, Director of New Ground: Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change; and Sarah Isaias, author and producer of The Rendezvous. The panel will be moderated by Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein, President of reGeneration.
Proceeds from this screening go to support reGeneration's ongoing work to promote quality early childhood education in crisis zones and disadvantaged communities around the world.
Doors open at 7pm. Film begins at 7:20pm.
Thank you to our generous partners who helped make this screening possible:
New Ground: Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
And thank you to our co-sponsors:
Ahavat Torah Congregation
The Markaz, Arts Center for the Greater Middle East
West L.A. Cousins Club
In the new America of today, fear and prejudice are seizing the public imagination, destroying our dream of the United States as a place to realize the promise of democracy. This is not a new problem, and yet, in this age of increasing fear of the “other,” discriminatory immigration orders, deportations, and isolationism, it is more pressing than ever. We desperately need new narratives to open up our eyes and our minds to how things could be, if only we were free from the tyranny of the stories that have enslaved us; stories that pit us in wars against one another, and divide us as antagonists, groups of insiders and outsiders, chosen and damned.
The exciting new feature film, The Rendezvous, and the novel that inspired it from author Tricia Gibbs, create just such new stories. Both the novel and the film cast unlikely heroes as protagonists in the classically American genre of the romantic thriller. In this tale, a Jewish woman and a Muslim man must work together against great odds and dangerous adversaries in order to save the world from an existential threat. This is a 180 degree turn from the near-universal stereotype of the Muslim man in contemporary western media as “bloodthirsty terrorist,” and portrayals of relationships between Jews and Muslims as bitter and antagonistic.