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On Thursday, February 15th, at 7pm at the Emerson Center, The Bozeman Doc Series continues with the Montana premiere of the award winning new documentary, House in the Fields.
In the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the history of the Amazigh people has been recounted in the region’s isolated farming communities for centuries by bards and storytellers. Continuing the tradition in a new form, House in the Fields tells the intimate and beautiful story of one village through the lives of two sisters, each facing an uncertain future in a changing world.
Fatima, the eldest, was pulled out of school when her family decided she must dedicate her time to labor and farm work. Betrothed to a young man from a neighboring village, she anxiously prepares for her fast-approaching wedding. Her younger sister, Khadija, dreams of becoming a lawyer or judge, though is unsure if she will continue with school or have to forsake her education as well. Duties take precedence, and their fates are linked not just to tradition and to the community, but to the socio-economic demands of life in the rural mountains.
At once a tableau of a community and an intimate portrait of individuals, House in the Fields is a moving chronicle of a vanishing way of life. Shot beautifully by award-winning photographer/director Tala Hadid, the film world premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, and has gone on to screen at prestigious festivals worldwide, winning several awards.
“A beautifully simple rendering of daily life…intimate and charged with the sense of inevitable change to come, this prescient production, embellished with minimal sound and a fantastic spectacle of celebration for an ending, makes House in the Fields well worth the journey.” Berlin Film Journal
“Hadid’s camera focuses on the faces, and the gorgeous tapestry-like surroundings of the people in the village, unfurling a poetic meditation on the universal bonds of sisterhood and community. It’s a passionate film that builds and grows into a spectacular end.” Next Projection
“A delicate work of quiet force…” The Seventh Obsession
“Nothing didactic in this journey…laughter, ideas, songs and gestures of everyday life, something infinitely alive by being both so precisely located, in a particular world…and made so accessible to all.” Slate
Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers. Tickets are also available online at www.bozemandocseries.org, where you can also buy Season Passes and 7-film punch cards, learn more about the series, and view trailers for upcoming films. The series will continue every other Thursday through April.