FREE SCREENING: LUX – As I Open My Eyes

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Turkish and French with English subtitles.In Tunisia in the summer of 2010, a few months before the revolution, 18-year-old Farah is taking her end-of-school exams and her family is already picturing her as a doctor̢����_ but she doesn’t see things the same way. She sings in a protest rock group. She’s restless, gets drunk and discovers both love and her town at night, against the wishes of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and what is forbidden there. Things turn sour for Farah when the group starts performing in the capital’s cafe’s and she gives free rein to her thirst for freedom and her desire to live life to the full. Soon made aware of the wild life her daughter is leading in places normally frequented by men, Hayet tries to make her see sense, though in vain. Half-rebel, half-innocent and unaware of the risks she is running in the authoritarian Tunisia of the time, Farah is determined to spread the subversive message of Borhene, her boyfriend and leader of the group, and, by extension, the hopes of a generation. As I Open My Eyes is one of several films in the running for the LUX Prize. In Latin ‘Lux’ means light, and since 1997 the European Parliament’s Lux Prize has been casting an annual spotlight on films that cut to the heart of European public debate. The films competing for the Lux Prize help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day. 2014’s winner was Polish film, Ida, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Tickets are free – you can book on line (50p per ticket booking charge still applies) or go along to the Screen Machine on the day..

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