Images Cinema will host the Social Justice Film Series, curated and sponsored by the The Davis Center at Williams College. The first film in the series, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, written and directed by rising star Desiree Akhavan (The Slope), will screen on Monday, September 22 at 7 pm. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.
Justin Adkins, Assistant Director of the Davis Center, says, “With the Social Change film series we try to find films that explore many aspects of the human lived experience and as much as possible strike at the intersection of identities. We are also drawn to films that disrupt the conventional depictions of ethnicity, gender, or sexuality that one is likely to find in blockbuster cinema. Appropriate Behavior explores what it means to be a woman, Iranian, and bisexual. The Sundance description explains that “after a breakup Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite.” Created by Desiree Akhavan actress and director of the web series, The Slope, it is bound to be hysterical and engaging.”
Monday, September 22 at 7pm
Directed by Desiree Akhavan, Starring Desiree Akhavan, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit: 1 hour 30 minutes; Comedy
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
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Through collaborative efforts with faculty, staff and students the Center bolsters critical thinking, facilitates meaningful dialogue and precipitates multilateral exchange throughout the Williams College community. The result is empowerment—fundamental to leadership and essential to social change.