Farah Goes Bang
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Feature film from United States, 93 minutes
WINNER – BEST ACTRESS (NIKOHL BOOSHERI)
Screens Saturday, February 28, 2015
Screening Block 2: 1:30pm-4:30pm
The road-trip comedy of FARAH GOES BANG follows a woman in her twenties, Farah Mahtab, who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country. Roopa aspires to a job in politics, K.J. brawls through a personal motivation to end the war in Iraq, and Farah struggles to locate not just her desirability, but her desire. Though they’re advised to focus on ‘purple’ states where Kerry stands a chance of winning, they naively campaign in states like Texas on their way to Ohio. We know how the election turns out–but will Farah meet her personal goal for their American odyssey?
About the Director
Meera Menon is a writer, director, and editor. In 2013, her feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; as FGB’s co-writer/director, Meera was awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for a groundbreaking woman filmmaker by Tribeca and Vogue. More recently, she was selected to be a fellow at 20th Century Fox’s Global Directors Initiative.
The film’s warm-hearted treatment of its central characters and incisive portrait of a politically divided America provide ample compensation, as do the engaging performances by Nikohl Boosheri, Kiran Deol and Kandis Erickson.– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter