Monthly Archives: September 2018

“In Syria”, Wednesday, October 17- 7pm at Alpine Playhouse

“In Syria”, Wed. Oct. 17

“In Syria”, followed by a speaker,

Asmaa Albukaie, a Syrian Refugee

The McCall Film Society presents “In Syria” Wednesday, October 17th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. The film depicts a Syrian woman who tries to protect her household from the raging war outside her apartment. After the showing Asmaa Albukaie a Syrian refugee will speak and take questions from the audience. 

“In Syria”, shows an extended family which is under siege from gun fire and explosions, and with the constant threat of looting or being discovered by soldiers, Oum Yazan, played by the extraordinary Palestinian actress, Hiam Abbass, tries to maintain a routine schedule of cleaning and meals, even scolding her pre-teen daughter for using too much water to shave her legs for the first time. In the span of 24 hours, we see an increase of danger and the household is forced to make incomprehensible moral decisions to keep each other alive.

Writer and Director, Phillpe Van Leeuw filming almost entirely inside an apartment building in Beruit, with a cast all drawn from war-torn countries, shares what life is like for Syrians living in constant terror of war. The Hollywood Reporter calls “In Syria”, “gripping from start to finish… A chilling, fast-moving study of a Syrian household under siege. 

Asmaa Albukaie who will speak after the film was born in Damascus, Syria. She was a graduate student in Library Science, when the war broke out in Syria in 2011. Asmaa was forced to flee Syria and sought refuge in Egypt with her two sons after her husband was killed in 2013. In Egypt she worked with a Church organization, helping other refugees.  Asmaa in 2014 was resettled in the United States, along with her two sons. She is celebrating the latest addition to her family, a month old son!  She is currently working with the Agency for New Americans as a case manager, assisting newly arrived refugees with their resettlement process.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, October 11 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

Review by Variety

Interview with Director Phillpe Van Leeuw


Alzar School 4th Annual Foundation Film Festival Friday,

Oct. 13, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm,

Roxy Theatre, Cascade

(Adventure Shorts such as Shelter, I am Here, Run Wild Run Free and Scenic Rivers)

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“Jasper Jones”, Wednesday, Sept. 19- 7pm at Alpine Playhouse


The McCall Film Society’s Fall Series will start on Wednesday, September 19th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse with the film “Jasper Jones”, a film by Rachel Perkins, one of Australia’s leading directors. The film has been described as Australia’s answer to To Kill A Mockingbird, featuring a murder mystery which uncovers the overt and covert racism of a 1960’s Western Australian town.

JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.

The Director, Rachel Perkins is a leading documentary film maker who has expanded her great skills to such breakaway hits as “Bran Nue Day” a 2009 Australian musical comedy-drama film that tells the story of the coming of age of an Aboriginal Australian teenager on a road trip in the late 1960s. Perkins has dedicated her body of work from TV drama series, documentaries like “First Nation” to feature film dramas like “Jasper Jones” to create great art that illuminates the history of Australia’s indigenous people and the discrimination her people have faced in her nation. 

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, September 13th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. 


Guardian Review