The Imperialists Are Still Alive!
Ace Hotel (20 W. 29th St., Manhattan)
7pm doors, 7:30pm start
Join us at the Ace Hotel for a special free preview screening of Zeina Durra’s acclaimed feature film, The Imperialists Are Still Alive! Zeina Durra will be there for a Q and A after the film.
A successful visual artist working in post-9/11 Manhattan, Asya lives the life of the hip and glamorous, replete with exclusive art parties, supermodels, and stretch limousines while she carefully follows the situation in the Middle East on television. Asya learns that her childhood friend, Faisal, has disappeared-the victim of a purported CIA abduction. That same night, she meets Javier, a sexy Mexican PhD student, and romance blossoms. Javier finds Asya’s conspiracy theories overly paranoid-but nothing in Asya’s world is as it seems. Asya’s life is reflective of the themes of cultural fusion, and the complications and humor that arise simultaneously out of everyday life.
Gorgeous 16 mm grain imbues the film with an anachronistic feel that interestingly evokes times past. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! is an exceptional work and heralds the arrival of Durra as an exciting new directorial talent.