Riddle: A resolution for Maconites this year

January 10, 2014 

Happy 2014! I usually talk about music. I live music like I breathe air. Right now, as I am typing this, I am listening to a compilation celebrating 75 years of Blue Note jazz compiled by a very talented DJ called the Jazz Kid. (If you’d like to hear this fantastic compilation, you can stream it from www.mixcloud.com/laidbackradio.)

I was going to write a musical wish list for 2014 as I’ve done in the past for my first column of the year, but after giving it some thought, I found that I really wanted only one thing musically for the people of Macon.

I want the people of Macon to search out and find new music. Get out of your comfort zones and enjoy something different. Record collectors call it digging, and with the Internet, there are many opportunities to dig. Listen to more music that is new to you this year.

Now that I have that out of the way, I want to talk about an event coming up this weekend. The Macon Film Guild is hosting several screenings of “Wadjda” on Sunday.

“Wadjda” is the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and it is also the first movie to be made by a female Saudi Arabian. This is an incredible feat considering that movie theaters are banned in Saudi Arabia and women aren’t even allowed to drive or vote.

The film follows a young girl who is trying to raise enough money to buy a bicycle, something many of us take for granted here in the United States. However, in Saudi Arabia, bicycles are seen as dangerous to girls’ virtue. Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour tells a masterful story through her film while challenging the outdated and absurd norms of her society.

Screenings of “Wadjda” are at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Theatre, with discussion taking place after the 4:30 p.m. screening. For more information, call 478-742-2000.

The Macon Film Guild brings great movies once a month to the historic Douglass. As a guy who doesn’t usually enjoy big-budget Hollywood films, my own New Year’s resolution is to get out and see more films hosted by the Macon Film Guild.

Hopefully, I’ll see you there, too.

Contact Roger Riddle at roger.riddle@gmail.com.

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