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International Women's Day/catching up - movies & plays edition

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Last night's IWD event at the Sewall-Belmont House was pretty cool. The evening was co-sponsored by the Women Information Network and featured a jewelry sale with items made by Sri Lanka girls through Emerge Global. I was probably one of the few middle-aged people there - most of the participants were ambitious-looking young women in ill-fitting suits, a few retired-looking folks, and a sprinkling of mid-career professionals like myself. The most interesting talk was given by the founder of the Hot Mommas Project which features case studies by and about women entrepenurs from all over the world. She talked about the elusive life-work balance and using social media and mentoring and support from family and friends. Of course, when I heard "Hot Mommas" I thought perhaps her speech was going to be about menopause. *sigh*

I didn't get to finish watching Itto Titrit, the Moroccan movie about the little Berber girl who wants to go to school in the 1950s. The funny thing is that the little girl of the title acted exactly like all the old Berber ladies I know, including the in-laws. I was struck by how the Berbers seemed frozen in time with their traditional outfits and so it was really disconcerting to see some signs of modernity in parallel, like the cars and phones. I knew that soldiers from the French colonies in Africa fought in World War II (as in the movie Days of Glory/Indigènes) but not that they also fought in the nascent Vietnam war. One of the characters in the movie was a Jewish merchant who was friends and business partners with one of the Berbers, and it was really touching to hear him say "We are all Moroccans" especially since the Holocaust was a recent memory. MoBob enjoyed it, of course, though when I asked him if the movie made him feel homesick, he said, Not really.

On Sunday afternoon I went to see my friend J. perform in the lead role of Amazons and Their Men. This was the first time I'd seen J. as a professional actress, rather than the sweet-tempered member of the ward Relief Society presidency. She was almost unrecognizable as the fierce actress/director playing the Amazon Queen. The minimalist stage production (two rocks, a screen, and four actors) was really cool. I went to see J., and and as a happy by-product enjoyed a really thought-provoking and disturbing play.
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