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Women – the source of life

By Maria Gregoriou

Summer cinema continues at the Rialto on Monday with the screening of the French 2011 film La Source Des Femmes (The Source) on Monday.

The film, set in a remote village on the Atlas mountains in Morocco, is a modern twist on Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata.

It is known as Lysistrata in Morocco as it concentrates on a group of women who go on a sex strike against having to fetch water from a distant well. Therefore fighting against the norms of tradition while also seeking female empowerment.

The position of women in the Arab world is questioned while the story unfolds against an exotic Moroccan backdrop. The location provides vibrant colours to awaken the senses and play with the idea of the many shades of women.

This feel-good Eastern fable dazzled audiences at Cannes Festival in 2011. It’s story not only makes it a film that will give you a great start to the week, its cinematography and stunning wardrobe creates a juxtaposition between the dry environment of the desert and the colourful figures of the women, bringing out the meaning of the source of life.

The Source
Screening of the French drama-comedy as part of the Rialto summer cinema. July 13. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 9pm. €5. With Greek subtitles. Tel: 77-777745

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