Saturday Night Cinema

East Hartford - posted Feb, 10 2014

EAST HARTFORD - Between 2005 and 2010, 30,000 people fled Africa on boats – some on boats called pirogues (which are like large canoes) - seeking a better life in Europe. Five thousand did not survive the journey. The East Hartford Fine Arts Commission is presenting a film from Senegal highlighting their plight, "The Pirogue," on Saturday, Feb. 15, as part of their Saturday Night Cinema series. Films are screened in the auditorium of the East Hartford Community Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place, at 7 p.m. In director Moussa Toure’s powerful drama, a group of 30 men (and one women) set sail in a pirogue, facing the sea (many never having seen the sea before) with the distinct possibility they will never reach their destination, the myth of a better life. This film was nominated for Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. The Pirogue is not rated, 87 minutes in length and is in French, Wolof and Spanish, with English subtitles. March 15’s film will be, "Lebanon’s Where Do We Go Now?" (2011), and the final film on April 19 will be, "Flame & Citron," (2009) from Denmark. This is the Commission’s eighth annual international film series. The series will include four films, one each on the third Saturday of the month, from January through April. All screenings are free. For additional information on Saturday Night Cinema, call 860-528-0176.

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