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Fri, Oct 14, 2016

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Theo Who Lived

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Theo Who Lived

Area Theatrical Premiere!

Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16

Director in Person for Q+A Friday at 7:00 & Saturday at 7:30!

(2016) dir David Schisgall w/Theo Padnos [86 min; DCP]
In the late fall of 2012, Theo Padnos, a struggling American journalist, slipped into Syria to report on the country’s civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda. Because he spoke fluent Arabic, his captors suspected he worked for the CIA and, for months, brutally tortured him during interrogation sessions. But his fluency, coupled with his remarkable personal expansiveness, also led to an extraordinary engagement with, and understanding of, his captors. By the time of his release, twenty-two months later, he had become a confidante of al-Qaeda’s top commander in Syria. In THEO WHO LIVED, Padnos returns to the Middle East and retraces the physical and emotional steps of his harrowing journey. A gripping narrative that includes betrayal, unlikely friendships, and thwarted escapes, THEO WHO LIVED is an intimate portrait of personal resilience, and grace in the face of hate.

NYT Critics Pick NYT Critics’ Pick “Imaginative and affecting… very moving… a potent, vital film.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Padnos also recounts flashes of humanity on the part of his captors and expresses understanding for their frustration with the troubles in the region that have simmered and boiled over for decades if not centuries. We are only privy to these complexities, which should inform policy at the highest levels, because of what Theo dared and endured.” – Daphne Howland, The Village Voice

“‘Theo Who Lived’ Is A Riveting Tale Of Resilience ” – The Playlist

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Friday 10/14
at 5:00 7:00* 9:30 PM *Director Q+A
Saturday 10/15
at 5:30 7:30* 10:00 PM *Director Q+A
Sunday 10/16
at 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:30 PM

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