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Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560
A festival hit from Cannes to Toronto to Busan and everywhere in between, this “thoroughly enjoyable, visually ravishing feminist Western” (Lisa Nesselson, Screen International) is set in the beautifully rugged landscape of Indonesia’s Simba Island. Its eponymous heroine, a widow living alone in the remote countryside, is assaulted and robbed of her cattle by a gang of bandits. After dispatching her attackers with some poison soup, she sets off on a journey of redemption—toting the head of the bandits’ leader as a trophy. Mixing Simba Island’s unique local culture with artistic antecedents ranging from Caravaggio to Sergio Leone, Mouly Surya created one of last year’s most talked-about films.
This screening is made possible by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art
Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.
Part of the series Women at the Helm: Four by Female Directors from Asia. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we present a selection of films directed by four of Asia’s most adventurous female directors. Whether addressing urgent social issues, testing the limits of film form, or exploring the territory where genre and art films meet, these are all thought-provoking cinematic achievements.