RESCHEDULED – The Challenge (Qatar/France/Italy)
*This screening was originally scheduled for August 2nd and was cancelled due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 30th.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 | Pre-screening performance begins at 7PM, Film begins at sundown
The Challenge (Qatar/France/Italy)
Directed by Yuri Ancarani; 2016, 65 mins.
If you have it, spend it: Italian artist Yuri Ancarani’s visually striking documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs who moonlight as amateur falconers, with no expenses spared along the way. The Challenge follows these men through the rituals that define their lives: perilously racing blacked-out SUVs up and down sand dunes; sharing communal meals; taking their Ferraris out for a spin with their pet cheetahs riding shotgun; and much more. Ancarani’s film is a sly meditation on the collective pursuit of idiosyncratic desires.
Arrive at 7PM to enjoy a pre-screening performance of classic and modern Arabic music by Simon Moushabeck and Brian Prunka from the band Sharq Attack and Samer Ali of Takht Al-Nagham. Food vendor Joon will be serving up delicious Persian stews and kebabs in crispy rice bowls.
Programmed by Rooftop Films
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