The 2018 Belmont World Film series continues tonight (4/23) at StudioCinema in Belmont with the New England premiere of Norway’s production “What Will People Say“; here’s the official synopsis from BWF:
Based extensively on the director’s experience as a teenage daughter of Pakistani immigrants in Norway, the film represents a doomed quest to reconcile two worldviews and cultures that stand in fundamental opposition to each other. Pakistani immigrants living in Norway send their 16 year-old daughter away to live with relatives in Pakistan after she is caught kissing her secret Norwegian boyfriend, only to return to Norway after innocently bringing shame to the family yet again.
Speaker for this weeks’ offering is Dr. Naheed Usmani, Professor of Pediatric Oncology at UMass Medical Center who founded a number of Pakistani organizations in the US and Pakistan. This week’s screening is co-presented by the Scandinavian Cultural Center.
This year’s series, “Bound by Beliefs,” features films that show how difficult it is to implement change in the face of long-held societal or community beliefs. All but one film is either a North American, East Coast or New England premiere and several are also their countries’ submissions to the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category. As in the last several years, a full third of the films are directed by women. The festival also includes the most recent work by several well-known directors, including French director Laurent Cantet (Foxfire, The Class), Laurence Ferrerira Barbosa (Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional), and Tony Gatlif (Latcho Drom, Gadjo Dilo).
Tickets can be purchased through the Belmont World Film series website ; screenings take place at StudioCinema, 376 Trapelo Road in Belmont; the screening time for this and all future BWF series selections this year is 7:30 PM
The series continues on Monday evenings through May 14, and a second “mini-series” called “Justice For All” will also run Mondays in June beginning June 11. The Belmont World Film Series will also be a part of eCinemaBoston’s huge 2018 Boston Springs A Fethival Superguide, coming in May, and will also be a part of Subject:CINEMA’s massive BSAF coverage throughout the month of May. Be sure to stay tuned to eCB for the low-down each week!