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FLESH OUT

  • Arab American National Museum 13624 Michigan Avenue Dearborn, MI, 48126 (map)
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In keeping with the traditions of her Mauritanian home, the announcement of Verida’s impending arranged marriage brings with it the beginning of gavage—the ritual of over-eating in order to attain a fuller figure more desirable to her future husband. As the obedient daughter of two loving parents, Verida at first accepts the intense physical strain of gavage with little resistance. But as the ritual’s requirements become increasingly all-consuming, Verida feels her resistance to the intense expectations of both her mother and culture push toward a breaking point.

Director Michela Occhipinti’s narrative feature debut, Flesh Out (2019) is an intensely resonant look at one woman’s struggle to find an identity for herself outside of the suffocating pressure to conform.

Earlier Event: September 19
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS