November 14, Wednesday

The Rider (2017)

Directed by Chloé Zhao
USA | R | Drama, Western | English | 104 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue

Based on a true story, The Rider stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. The Rider is presented in collaboration with Front Row Filmed Entertainment.


Black Girl (La Noire De…) (1966)

Directed by Ousmane Sembene
France, senegal | PG | Drama | French | 65 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue
Time: Nov 14, 7:30pm, Nov 17, 5:00pm

Ousmane Sembène was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most renowned African director of the twentieth century—and yet his name still deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally—into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by M’Bissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s.