Summer Film Series: “Speed Sisters” by Amber Fares
Wednesday | May 31 | 6:00 p.m.
* A very light snack will be served at 5:30 p.m.
** This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
On the surface Speed Sisters is about the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East, but it is about far more than that. Following the contests, friendships, and lives of the five team members, this documentary dispels many misconceptions about Palestinian social life under occupation, particularly in its portrait of the younger generation, and most importantly, in what it captures of the agency of women within this matrix. By Amber Fares / Palestine – US / 2016 / 80 mins
Amber Fares is a Canadian award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer based in New York. She has worked with organizations like UNRWA, Defence for Children International, and Amnesty International, and she co-founded SocDoc Studios to produce story-driven films that explore social issues. Speed Sisters is her first feature length film, premiering at Hot Docs in 2015, where it was one of the top 20 Audience Choice Awards, and recipient of the Audience Award at the Irish Film Institute Festival. Fares continues to approach storytelling as an extension of her belief that personal stories can best help connect audiences to important topics and issues.