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Saturday, October 3, 7:30 PM (Online sales have ended.Tickets are available at door.)

I Can't Think StraightI Can't Think Straight
Shamim Sarif, UK, English, 80 min

Co-sponsored by:Trikone Northwest and NetIP

… a sexy romance with a twist, starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth.

In yet another film about breaking tradition, director Shamim Sarif presents "I Can't Think Straight", a story about two women falling in love while struggling with cultural bonds.

Tala, a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian origin, prepares for an elaborate wedding with her Jordanian fiancé, when she encounters a timid Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend Ali.

Tala comes from a spirited Christian family; whereas Leyla’s strong Muslim upbringing could not be more different from each other but the attraction is immediate between both girls. Tala’s feisty nature provokes Leyla out of her shell and soon both women reveal their feelings for each other.

However, Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made and escapes back to Jordan where her chain-smoking, high-brow mother finishes preparations for her ostentatious wedding. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, simmering family tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself and she breaks off the wedding.

Meanwhile a heartbroken Leyla relishes her newly found sense of identity and self-respect and moves on with her new life – much to the shock of her parents.

Single again, Tala flies back to London – but it will take more than just a date set up by Ali and Leyla’s sister Zina to win Leyla back.

Director: Shamim Sarif

Website: www.icantthinkstraight-themovie.com/media.html

Director Bio:
Writer/director Shamim Sarif is one of the rare renaissance women of recent years.  She is an equally successful author (the Pendleton May First Novel Award, Betty Trask Award), screenwriter and film director (World Cinema Best Director at Phoenix Film Festival, and Best Director at Clip (Tampa) Intl. Film Festival). She is an author of several published short stories and notable music lyrics, has script-edited a children's TV series and directed music videos.  Shamim received Afterellen.com 2008 VISIBLITY AWARDS as ’International Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year’. An acclaimed novelist, Shamim has deep roots in South Africa, where her parents and grandparents were born and raised - a heritage that inspired her first, award-winning novel, The World Unseen.  Shamim began her studies in directing at Raindance in London.  Her recently published novel I Can’t Think Straight served as an inspiration for her directorial debut of the same name.



Post-Film Gala Hosted by Trikone NW

TrikoneJoin us for the post-film Gala at 611 Supreme with wine and Hors d’oeuvres.

611 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122

TrikoneNW will be sponsoring the reception. For directions to the Gala venue go to http://www.611supreme.com