The Princeton Garden Theatre will screen director Afia Nathaniel’s film, DUKHTAR (Daughter), on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Cinema Today series organized by Professor of Visual Art Joe Scanlan and Mike Kamison, programming director of the Garden Theatre. Nathaniel will participate in a Q&A session immediately following the screening.

DUKHTAR (Daughter) premiered at Toronto in 2014 and was Pakistan’s Official Submission for Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards®. The film has played to critical acclaim in over 20 countries and became a Critics’ Pick New York 2015 and the People Magazine’s Pick of the Week. Set in the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s marriage to a tribal leader. Nathaniel’s directorial debut is a powerful thriller about the bond between mother and daughter.

Tickets are free for Princeton University students, faculty, and staff — PUID will be needed to pick up your tickets at the box office that evening. Tickets for the public are available at the Garden Theatre Box Office in person or online.

Cinema Today, the Lewis Center for the Arts’ new film series, invites some of the world’s most exciting directorial talents to the Princeton Garden Theatre. Featuring contemporary filmmakers eager to share their work, insights, and experience with the Princeton community. Some screenings are stand-alone, while four evenings include a film screening and a freewheeling question-and-answer session with the directors. Through discussions of formal aesthetics, narrative techniques, and social commitments, the series tackles many pressing issues at the heart of cinema today.

The film screening series is supported through the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series fund. Sacret Young is a 1969 graduate of Princeton and an author, producer, director, and screenwriter. He has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, winning two WGA Awards.  He is perhaps best known for co-creating, along with William F. Broyles Jr., China Beach, the critically acclaimed ABC-TV drama series about medics and nurses during the Vietnam War, and for his work on the television drama The West Wing. Young has also received a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and his original mini-series about the Gulf War, Thanks of a Grateful Nation, was honored with his fifth Humanitas Prize nomination.

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  • Program in Visual Arts
  • Princeton Garden Theater

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