April 15, 2016 at The University of Chicago Institute of Politics in Chicago.
MARIAM is a rare portrait of the coming of age of a Muslim teenage girl in France. In 2004, France passed a law that banned religious symbols from public schools and Mariam is forced to choose between going to school and following her beliefs.
Following the screening, Director Faiza Ambah will engage with students for a conversation about the film and the issues raised.
Faiza Ambah is a Saudi filmmaker with a background in journalism. She was Gulf Correspondent for The Washington Post before leaving in 2009 to focus on filmmaking. Her scripts have been supported by the Sundance Institute through the Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab in Jordan, the Dubai International Film Festival, and the Doha Film Institute. She was a jury member at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai in 2013 and organized a festival of Gulf films at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France the same year. She produced and directed the medium-length narrative film, MARIAM, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival. Ambah has a feature-film writing certificate from UCLA extension and has taken directing courses at the Cinematic Arts School at the University of Southern California and the New York Film Academy.
Refreshments will be served.