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Run Time: 92 minutes
Freshly out of prison, Mirja is trying to decide which path to follow. Her best friends are criminals who are still clinging to a plan to rob a jewelry store in order to fund their exit from their boring suburban town. It’s a dream they’ve shared for years. But with a sick mother and little sister needing her care, Mirja tries to go the honest route for once. She lands a job at a local hotel, much to the chagrin of her friends, who become resentful she’s no longer interested in their schemes. They see her as a sellout. But for Mirja the straight-laced life isn’t so bad. She’s finally made her mom proud. Still, she desperately misses her friends. To win their approval, she’d have to return to the shady world she’s tried so hard to escape. Soon, a sobering tragedy will force her to make a decision. It will also reveal who her true friends really are. Evin Ahmad is absolutely stellar as a brave but delicate young woman at the crossroads of her life in BEYOND DREAMS. (In Swedish with subtitles) —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:45 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM
Women of the World
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition
Rojda Sekersöz is an actress and film director born in Stockholm, Sweden. She studied at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, and she has directed a number of short films.
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