The MFA Social Documentary Film Department presents a weekend of thesis film screenings, September 21 – 23 at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City. Curated by Department Chair Maro Chermayeff, the series kicks off with Anan Khan’s Roadside Darlings, which chronicles the poverty, extortion and sexual violence faced by members of the transgender minority in Karachi, Pakistan.
Adaeze Elechi’s The Keepsake (watch the trailer below) tells the story of a 14-year-old girl named Amarachi in Nigeria. After living with relatives in Lagos City for eight years, she returns to her village pregnant as a result of rape, and attempts to work through the injustice and lost years with her mother. The Keepsake is a portrait of a mother and daughter on their journey to heal old and new wounds.
Age of Love by Steven Loring follows 30 recently widowed, long-divorced or never-married 70- to 90-year-olds as they prepare for a Speed Dating event for seniors. The film answers the following questions: “What has changed over decades of love and loss? What emotions still lurk behind wrinkled skin and thinning hair? Who will get a date, and how will they handle the bittersweet realities of age and love?”
During the three-day series, more than 20 films will be screened in all. For more information and showtimes, click here.
Image: A still from The Age of Love.