Through traditional interviews and private confessional video diaries, Salaam Dunk follows the ethnically diverse AUIS women’s basketball team as they discover what it means to be athletes. From the joy of their first win to the pain of losing the coach who started their team, the film gives a glimpse into an Iraq we don’t see on the news.
Artistic Acheivement Award honoring director Gianfranco Rosi:
Saturday, October 24th at 2:00pm CST
In conversation with filmmaker Robert Greene (Bisbee ’17)
From the Oscar-nominated director of Fire at Sea, this lyrical tour-de-force captures the peoples and places ravaged along the borders between Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and Lebanon. The mournful dirges of mothers, plaintive patients enacting a play in a psychiatric hospital, the grace of female Peshmerga warriors, a lone boatman navigating waters against the backdrop of the blood-red dawn—the film’s beautifully composed vignettes capture the signs of violence and war, all the while celebrating the perseverance of its survivors. Notturno is both a vivid snapshot of the Middle East and humanity as it struggles to come out of the darkness.
“For those who prefer the rough edges smoothed over by refined framing, exceptional camerawork and bewitching local music, Notturno is a reliable window onto the Middle East mess” –Hollywood Reporter
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