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Monthly Highlights

Online Events

While Denmark is reopening, everyone has to decide for themselves how much a part of that they want to be. Everyone needs to consider their health and other factors before deciding how much activity to engage in. Nevertheless, AWC Denmark offers several online events in July in which you can participate, through Zoom, from the safety of your own home. Several activity groups hold Zoom meetings and provide the link necessary to join the meeting.

All you need to do to use Zoom, is to click on the link provided for each event through your PC, tablet or phone. That will bring up a dialogue box, in which you click on “Open Zoom”. Voila! You’re in the event.

Online movies in May: Arabian Nights and Amazing Grace

Movie theaters in Denmark are scheduled to reopen at the start of June – until then, the AWC home cinema offers two movies online per month. The Zoom link for both of our movies in May is in the AWC Chronicle and the meetings will open shortly before the scheduled times to make sure everyone is admitted, sitting comfortably and muting their microphones.
 
Sign up with Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com) to receive a reminder on the day of the showing.

Arabian Nights, Friday, 14 May at 18:00

We’ve all read The 1001 Nights, right? This 2000 TV movie from Hallmark is the story of Scheherazade, telling stories to save her life.

Sultan Shahryar (Dougray Scott) has gone mad after being nearly assassinated by his wife and brother. Now he has a paranoid suspicion of women and plans to marry women from the harem in succession and execute each the day after her wedding. To prevent this, the Grand Vizier's daughter and a childhood friend of the Sultan, Scheherazade (Mili Avital), volunteers to be the bride. Now she gambles that she can cure his madness by telling him story after wondrous story, including the tales of Ali Baba (Rufus Sewell) and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin (Jason Scott Lee) and his Wonderful Lamp. All the while, the Sultan's villainous brother is making plans of his own.

The film’s amazing cast also includes Alan Bates, James Frain, Jason Scott Lee, John Leguizamo, Vanessa Mae, Jim Carter, Peter Guinness and Hugh Quarshie. Some stories you’ll know and some will be new. Join us and find out!

Amazing Grace, Friday, 28 May, 18:30

This 2006 movie shows the nearly two-decade struggle in Britain to ban the slave trade.

In 18th-century England, House of Commons member William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) and his close friend and a future prime minister, William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch – at the start of his career), begin a lengthy battle to abolish Great Britain's slave trade. Though Wilberforce's legislation is soundly defeated in 1791, his growing affection for Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai) inspires him to take up the fight once more. A gripping story and a cast peppered with British stars of stage and screen, including Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds, Michael Gambon and Albert Finney, as the slave-trader-turned-clergyman who wrote the famous hymn, Amazing Grace.

“Our Secrets” Walk on Wednesday, May 12: Utterslev Mose

Our walk in May will be through Utterslev Mose, a stunningly beautiful area of marshland in north-western Copenhagen. There are three lakes surrounded by trails for walking and cycling, and the Mose provides a home for an amazing variety of birds
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We’ll meet at Bispebjerg Parkallé (Frederiksborgvej), a green area with a stop for the 4A and 6A buses (you can also come by S-train; the stop is Emdrup Station on the Farum line) at 10:30 on Wednesday, 12 May. We’ll be guided by long-term AWC member Harriette Christensen, who lives close to the Mose. If you intend to join us, contact Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com), so we know you are coming.

Online talk: Helping women in Ghana to help themselves, Tuesday, 25 May, 19:00

Amy Faircloth, Director, will give a presentation on The Talent Tree, a Danish NGO, created to support its Ghanaian sister NGO, the Talented Women’s Club. AWC members will remember that we raised money in 2015 to enable the Talented Women’s Club to build a wall around land they had purchased to raise vegetables. The two photos show Amy presenting the paper wall AWC created to help raise money for the real one.

The Talent Tree project in Ghana started some 20 years ago, giving micro-credit loans to a small group of women living in slums, typically semi-literate small-scale traders. It has now helped more than 60 women to improve their lives by funding new investments for their businesses.

More recently, The Talent Tree created a nutrition initiative. Just in time for COVID-19! At the beginning of the pandemic, many development organizations predicted that hunger and malnutrition would exact a heavier toll among the world’s poor than the disease itself. Unfortunately, we have found this to be true. The Talent Tree is now sending food relief, and creating a model for teaching nutrition and health to this vulnerable demographic.

Join us for an engaging talk, with a video, on how a little bit of money can make a huge difference, on Tuesday, 25 May, at 19:00. The Zoom link is in the AWC Chronicle: and we will open the meeting between 18:45 and 19:00 so we can start on time.

Theater/Films/Performance in English

Follow the link to find out the latest activities of HIT House of International Theatre

https://www.facebook.com/Houseofinternationaltheatre

Films: “Danish on a Sunday”

Cinemateket will be opening again on May 6 and this month in the “Danish on a Sunday” program they will be showing two earlier Thomas Vinterberg films. He is the Danish director that won an Oscar this year for Best Foreign Language Film with his “Another Round” (Druk in Danish).

Danish film hits with English subtitles or dialogue are shown twice a month at the Danish Film Institute (Cinemateket) Gothersgade 55, 1123 Kbh. K. Full details here: http://www.dfi.dk/Filmhuset/Cinemateket/Faste_serier_i_Cinemateket/danish.aspx                                                        

Before each screening, there is a special offer of a coffee with Danish pastry (or a piece of cake) at Restaurant SULT. It costs only 40 DKK extra.

Sunday, May 16 at 14:15        “Submarino”     info on IMDB

Sunday, May 23 at 14:15       “The Hunt”    info on IMDB

 

 

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