Next Saturday brings your chance to see the award-winning, West Seattleite-produced documentary “Drawing the Tiger” and meet its filmmakers Amy Benson and Scott Squire right here in their (and your) backyard.
We most recently mentioned their project in spring 2015, when Benson spoke at the WAGIN conference at Chief Sealth International High School, and a few weeks after that, as they prepared for their film’s premiere. And now, she writes:
After 7 years in the making, we completed the film last spring. It has been traveling the world since. It was the Best Feature Award from Northwest Film Forum’s Fest, Local Sightings as well as the UNICEF award at Film South Asia in Nepal.
Now are are bringing it super local for a FREE screening right where we live at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on March 26th @ 4 pm in the theater. My husband and I as well as one of our translators, Neeta Shrestha, will do a short Q&A following the screening.
Here’s the one-paragraph description of their film:
Shot over seven years, Drawing the Tiger takes a sweeping view of one Nepalese family’s struggle to survive off of subsistence farming. Eat, pay their debts, stay alive—that’s their day-to-day reality. But when their bright daughter receives a scholarship to study in Kathmandu, the family’s prospects suddenly improve by leaps and bounds overnight. She promises to return and free her family from their hand-to-mouth existence. But when she doesn’t come home, the family is forced to face their fate. Is their future set in stone or sand; is it solid or ever-shifting? What is the price of this golden opportunity?
No ticket or RSVP required – just show up for the 4 pm screening next Saturday (March 26th) at Youngstown, 4408 Delridge Way SW.