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Friday, August 1 - Thursday, August 7

ALI ZAOUA
Prince of the Streets

Ali, Kouka, Omar and Boubker are a group of young street kids, or "chemkaras" as they are called, living on the streets of Casablanca in Morocco. For years, the streets have been their home and the jungle of people who inhabit them, their family. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, begging, prostitution and indifference. In order to survive, they take refuge in sniffing glue together, daydreaming and the strong bond of friendship between them. This bond is cut short when Ali Zaoua is senselessly killed at the beginning of the film by a blow to the head, his life taken in an act of vengeance by a rival gang. After getting over the initial shock, Ali's three friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would probably have the boy buried in a potter's field. Instead, they decide to give him a burial worthy of a prince because, as Kouka says, "He may have lived like a little shit, but he's not going to be buried like one." Despite their precarious situation and the magnitude of the task at hand, Ali's three friends are determined to give their friend the burial they feel he deserves. As Kouka, Omar and Boubker work together to give Ali Zaoua an honorable burial, Ali's paradise - the island he so often dreamed of, progressively becomes an idyllic paradise for these three friends and for all the children of the streets. Directed by Nabil Ayouch. MOROCCO, 2000. In ARABIC and FRENCH with ENGLISH SUBTITLES. 90 minutes, 35mm, COLOR. For more information log onto: Arabfilm.com Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00 with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00) and 4:00. NOTE: No 6:00 & 8:00 shows on Wednesday August 6

"Cinematic magic... Ali Zaoua successed on a profound level. A story that will bring tears and smiles to new audiences in the United States.." -- Jonathan Curiel, S.F.Chronicle



Friday, August 8 - Thursday August 14

ALI ZAOUA Nightly at 6 & 8 Wed/Sat/Sun Mats at (2:00)
The Weather Under-groundNightly at 9:45. Wed/Sat/Sun Mats at (4:00)
..........SEPARATE ADMISSION...........




ALI ZAOUA
Prince of the Streets

Ali, Kouka, Omar and Boubker are a group of young street kids, or "chemkaras" as they are called, living on the streets of Casablanca in Morocco. For years, the streets have been their home and the jungle of people who inhabit them, their family. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, begging, prostitution and indifference. In order to survive, they take refuge in sniffing glue together, daydreaming and the strong bond of friendship between them. This bond is cut short when Ali Zaoua is senselessly killed at the beginning of the film by a blow to the head, his life taken in an act of vengeance by a rival gang. After getting over the initial shock, Ali's three friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would probably have the boy buried in a potter's field. Instead, they decide to give him a burial worthy of a prince because, as Kouka says, "He may have lived like a little shit, but he's not going to be buried like one." Despite their precarious situation and the magnitude of the task at hand, Ali's three friends are determined to give their friend the burial they feel he deserves. As Kouka, Omar and Boubker work together to give Ali Zaoua an honorable burial, Ali's paradise - the island he so often dreamed of, progressively becomes an idyllic paradise for these three friends and for all the children of the streets. Directed by Nabil Ayouch. MOROCCO, 2000. In ARABIC and FRENCH with ENGLISH SUBTITLES. 90 minutes, 35mm, COLOR. For more information log onto: Arabfilm.com Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00)

"Cinematic magic... Ali Zaoua successed on a profound level. A story that will bring tears and smiles to new audiences in the United States.." -- Jonathan Curiel, S.F.Chronicle


-- ALSO SHOWING --
seperate admission

The Weather Under-ground

Thirty years ago, with those words, a group of young American radicals announced their intention to overthrow the U.S. government. In THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, former Underground members, including Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, David Gilbert and Brian Flanagan, speak publicly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI's most wanted list Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war war home" against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s--bombing targets across the country that they considered emblematic of the real violence that the U.S. was wreaking throughout the world. Ultimately, the group's carefully organized clandestine network managed to successfully evade one of the largest manhunts in FBI history, yet the group's members would reemerge to life in a country that was dramatically different than the one they had hoped their efforts would inspire. Extensive archival material, including, photographs, film footage and FBI documents are interwoven with modern-day interviews to trace the group's path, from its pitched battles with police on Chicago's streets, to its bombing of the U.S. Capitol, to its successful endeavor breaking acid-guru Timothy Leary out of prison. The film explores the Weathermen in the context of other social movements of the time and features interviews with former members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Panthers. It also examines the U.S. government's suppression of dissent in the 1960s and 1970s. Looking back at their years underground, the former members paint a compelling portrait of troubled times, revolutionary times, and the forces that drove their resistance. Directed by Sam Green and Bill Sieglel. 92 mins. Color.35mm. USA For more info, log onto Shadow Distribution. Showtimes: Nightly at 9:45. Wed/Sat & Sun matinees at (4:00).

Friday, August 15 - Thursday, August 21

OT: OUR TOWN Nightly at 6:30 & 8 Wed/Sat/Sun Mats at (2:00)
The Weather Under-groundNightly at 9:45. Wed/Sat/Sun Mats at (4:00)
..........SEPARATE ADMISSION...........




OT: Our Town

Against all odds, the first theatrical production in over 20 years at Dominguez High School is going to be Thorton Wilder's American classic "Our Town." The kids at this Compton school are about to experience more than a culture clash, as they embark on a rich journey and discover the educational and social value of theater. OT: Our Town tells the story of human spirit and its strength against the clich├ęs attempting to hold them down. Where Thorton Wilder wrote about about little Grover's Corners, this documentary exemplifies how Our Town is every town- Our Town is Compton. For more info, logo onto filmmovement.com USA 2001. English. 76 mins., 35mm, COLOR. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:30 & 8:00 with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00).

-- ALSO SHOWING --
seperate admission

The Weather Under-ground

Thirty years ago, with those words, a group of young American radicals announced their intention to overthrow the U.S. government. In THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, former Underground members, including Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, David Gilbert and Brian Flanagan, speak publicly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI's most wanted list Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war war home" against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s--bombing targets across the country that they considered emblematic of the real violence that the U.S. was wreaking throughout the world. Ultimately, the group's carefully organized clandestine network managed to successfully evade one of the largest manhunts in FBI history, yet the group's members would reemerge to life in a country that was dramatically different than the one they had hoped their efforts would inspire. Extensive archival material, including, photographs, film footage and FBI documents are interwoven with modern-day interviews to trace the group's path, from its pitched battles with police on Chicago's streets, to its bombing of the U.S. Capitol, to its successful endeavor breaking acid-guru Timothy Leary out of prison. The film explores the Weathermen in the context of other social movements of the time and features interviews with former members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Panthers. It also examines the U.S. government's suppression of dissent in the 1960s and 1970s. Looking back at their years underground, the former members paint a compelling portrait of troubled times, revolutionary times, and the forces that drove their resistance. Directed by Sam Green and Bill Sieglel. 92 mins. Color.35mm. USA For more info, log onto Shadow Distribution. Showtimes: Nightly at 9:45. Wed/Sat & Sun matinees at (4:00).



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