Guest post by Kelly Millspaugh
Addicted to coffee and discovering new music. I prefer cold weather and speak sarcasm fluently.
I will be the first person to admit that I don’t know much about Tunisia. I watched this documentary not knowing that they recently overthrew their president and were having their first free elections ever. As an American, I have never lived under the rule of a dictator or a corrupt leader. My parents, and their parents haven’t either. You may disagree with our president and government but the point is that you are allowed to disagree and voice your opinion. Living in a developed country is a privilege that we seem to take for granted in the United States. That is why stories like this are so important for us to see and experience from a first person point of view.
The people of Tunisia know what it is like to have their freedoms limited and even though their corrupt leader was overthrown, they have a long way to go. The people have a strong distrust of any politicians; they fear they will end up right back where they were under the rule of Ben Ali. This distrust has led some of the people to be apathetic and disengaged. Others have been led to rally, protest, and even become violent in support of their causes. The causes of various groups in Tunisia include education, women’s rights, and religious freedom.
A COMMON ENEMY tells the story of Tunisians who are pounding the pavement trying to convince their fellow man and woman to go out and vote in the coming free election. It is amazing to watch people fight for what they believe in with such fervor and persistence. The people of Tunisia are a good example of fighting for freedom for all of us but especially for the other Arab countries in their area.
I would recommend this documentary for anyone who, like myself, didn’t know much about Tunisia, but also to anyone interested in seeing the power that people can have in the face of corruption.
The 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 18 to 28. Secure your tickets now for A COMMON ENEMY.
2013 Spring Film Series features dinner-and-movie pairings
Foodies and film buffs alike are invited to gather round the table this spring when the Indianapolis International Film Fest kicks off its tenth anniversary season with a series of food-related films paired with enticing cuisine provided by local restaurants.
“We are celebrating our tenth year in a big way, with new partnerships and new experiences,” said Craig Mince, president and COO of the Indy Film Fest. “These pairings include Indy’s hottest restaurants, plus great films, making the perfect date night or evening out with friends.”
The series kicks off on March 13 with Toast, starring Freddie Highmore and Helena Bonham Carter. Based on the best-selling memoir by Nigel Slater, the story follows a young British food critic as he grapples with the untimely death of his mother, whose sole culinary success is making toast. Teeming with 1960s nostalgia, the heartwarming tale of a boy’s hunger is written by Lee Hall, who secured an Academy Award nomination in 2000 for Billy Elliot.
Dinner, including a glass of wine, will be provided by Amelia’s Bakery and Bluebeard. This event is for ages 21 and older.
Other films in the series are:
- March 27: Sushi: The Global Catch, which takes us to five countries to explore the rise of the common Tokyo street food. Dinner provided by FortyFive Degrees.
- April 10: Nina’s Heavenly Delights, the tale of an Indian woman’s return home to save her father’s failing restaurant. Dinner provided by Spicebox.
- April 24: Eating Alabama, a thoughtful and funny look at community, the South, and sustainability. Dinner provided by Duos.
Tickets, which include dinner and the movie are $22 and are available at www.indyfilmfest.org. Tickets for the film only are $10, and will be sold at the door. All movies will be held at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre at 719 St. Clair St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/355037990