The Queens Museum’s summertime staple, Passport Thursdays: International Dance, Music, and Film Series, returns for another exciting season featuring some of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality. This year’s adventure includes stops in the Caribbean, Taiwan, India, Colombia, Korea, and South Africa. So leave your baggage at home and bring a picnic blanket out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for an evening in the shadow of the majestic Unisphere. There will be free artmaking workshops for families before the films start, our galleries and café will remain open until 8pm, and we won’t let a little rain spoil the fun, we’ll just move the whole event indoors.
And if coming to the Park is a little out of the way, this year we are partnering with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to bring three of the films out to Rockaway. Destination Rockaway: Passport International Film Series will present three selections from Passport Thursdays in the Rockaway Community Garden. So whether you prefer the beach or the park, we hope you’ll join us on our journey of global sights and sounds.
Dance: Parul Shah Dance Company
Parul Shah is an internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer and choreographer whose work is expanding the classical medium beyond cultural boundaries. With a dedication to excellence, Shah preserves the form’s aesthetic integrity while developing a unique and powerful vocabulary.
Film: Haider (Vishal Bhardwaj, India, 2014, 162min, Hindi & Urdu with English ST)
Starring Shahid Kapoor as the titular protagonist, and co-starring Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, and Irrfan Khan, the film is a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet set amidst the insurgency-hit Kashmir conflicts of 1995. Haider, a poet, returns to Kashmir at the peak of violence to seek answers about his father’s disappearance and ends up being tugged into the politics of the state. *Contains some violent scenes.
Passport Thursdays and Destination Rockaway: Passport International Film Series are presented by TD Bank.
Additional support provided by Nexon, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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