The Imperialists are Still Alive!

October 5-6
The Imperialists are Still Alive!
(United States, 2010, 90 min.)

An Official Selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Warshaw 2010 Film Festival, The Imperialists Are Still Alive! is an indie look at the percolating effects of political turmoil from the perspective of a French socialite in New York City. In her first feature film director Zeina Durra comments on the complexity of the middle-eastern identity in the United States during the War on Terror. Asaya (Élodie Bouchez) is a visual artist working in Manhattan post 9/11. As an artist, Asaya runs with an eclectic and elite slew of quirky and fabulous Manhattanites.  Asaya is informed when out partying with Karim that Karim’s cousin and Asaya’s old friend, Faisai, is missing and may have been abducted by the CIA for terrorist crimes. In the same night, Asaya meets a handsome Mexican, Javier (José María de Tavira), who gains knowledge about Asaya’s conspiracy theories as he falls for her wit and beauty. Lying with Javier in the same night, Asaya receives a phone call from her parents in France informing Asaya that her brother, Marco, who was attempting to leave Lebanon because of the civil war, is now being detained by the Lebanese government. Strange angles and even stranger situations entice audiences as they watch Asaya maneuver her way through the glamour of the New York social scene with the help of Javier and a strong belief in liberation for her loved ones.