Bicycle Film Event This Friday

Spoke Magazine and CineSPEAK are joining forces this Friday to host a night of bicycle-centric films you’re not going to want to miss.

The all-ages event begins at 6pm and will include an hour and a half of mingling with bicycle advocacy organizations (we’ll have representatives there) and small businesses, as well as a pop-up gallery at the Glass Factory Building in Brewerytrown. Then, from 8-10pm, there will be two films screened for those in attendance. Here’s the official event description:

Join SPOKE magazine and cineSPEAK for a an Evening of Bicycle-centric Film, Photography, and Community Engagement.

cineSPEAK and SPOKE Magazine are partnering to present an evening of foreign language film programming. We will be screening two unique stories, “Wadjda” and “Jitensha,” from around the world both centered on bicycles. Prior to the viewing there will be beer, music, and photography because we know how you bright young things like to party. Please join us at The Glass Factory (1517 N. Bailey St, 19121) in Brewerytown on Friday April 10 for this great event!


Youth under 18: FREE*
Adults: $8 (Advance) $10 (At Door)

21+ to drink ::: suggested donation cash bar ::: Non-alcoholic options will also be available
*Youth under 18 receive a complimentary Boylan’s craft soda or seltzer

Pop-Up Gallery + Community Gathering of Bicycling Advocacy Organizations and Small Businesses

Film Screening: “Jitensha” (21 min) + “Wadjda” (98 min)
Post-Screening Discussion to Follow.


Saudi Arabia. 2013. Director: Haifaa al Mansour*
*This film is the first female directed full-length feature film to come out of Saudi Arabia. It was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 BAFTA Awards and was Saudi Arabia’s official submission for the 2014 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category.

SYNOPSIS: Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. WATCH THE TRAILER:

“Jitensha (The Bicycle)”
Japan. 2009. Director: Dean Yamada
SYNOPSIS: Jitensha is a story about a young man struggling to find meaning in life. Alone and without work, the young man’s bicycle begins to disappear, piece by piece. He receives a letter from the thief that sends him on a journey to resurrect and reassemble his beloved possession.

If you’ve got $8 to spend, we highly recommend you head to Brewerytown on Friday. It’s sure to be a good, and informative, time.

Topics: Biking in Philly

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