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Women’s Rights or Sharia Law

By David Johanssen

Over the last century, the women’s rights movement has gained tremendous ground across the globe, including the right to vote, the right to an education, equal pay for equal work, and the right to stand for public office. Although Western feminism may not have accomplished full equality yet, there are a growing number of countries around the world that are moving in the opposite direction, adopting a stricter form of Islamic law that necessarily undermines women’s rights. Can women’s rights coexist with the tenets of Sharia law? Or does Sharia law counter-intuitively promote the rights of Muslim women?

Live Blues Concert
Black Dice
Sat, Oct 25, 7:30pm
100 pesos
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sun, Oct 26, 5pm
50 pesos
Documentary and Discussion
Women on the Front Line
Tue, Oct 28, 5pm
40 pesos
Open Mic
Live Local Talent
Tue, Oct 28, 7:30pm
30 pesos (Includes drink)
Fri, Oct 31, 7:30pm
50 pesos
All events at Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col. San Rafael
154 7524

Join us for a discussion on this important topic Tuesday, October 28, at 5pm as Shelter Theater continues its documentary series with Women on the Front Line. This piece explores the battle between the women’s rights movement and rigid Sharia law in modern day Iran. The exposé comes from Hossein Martin Fazeli, a filmmaker bringing Iranian cultural topics into the public eye. The film uses an interview-based format, intercut with beautiful imagery of the country and artistic expressions of the oppressive conditions women are forced to endure in the culture. 40 pesos.

Saturday, October 25, at 7:30pm, Shelter Theater presents Black Dice playing the blues live in concert. Richard Webb, the “Black Cat” himself, joins with master guitarist Rolando Gotes to bring you some very funky sounds of the Piedmont Blues from the Appalachians to the southern bayous. 100 pesos.

Sunday, October 26, at 5pm, our “Theater on Screen” shares an encore presentation of the masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. Adapted from the play by Tennessee Williams and starring Marlin Brando, the film won four Oscars in 1951. Portraying disturbed Blanche DuBois (Vivian Leigh) moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law (Brando) while her reality crumbles around her. 50 pesos.

Join us every Tuesday at 7:30pm for the Open Mic. It is always a great show with a different line up of amateurs and professionals. We want you to bring your act to the Open Mic, so come and get your 10 minutes of fame in front of a live audience. Not ready to take the stage? Come out and just watch while you support our local talent! 30 pesos (includes drink).

Friday, October 31, at 7:30pm Join Shelter Theater for a special Halloween presentation of Psycho, the classic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock: A secretary (Janet Leigh) steals US$40,000 from her boss, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by the creepy mama’s boy, Anthony Perkins. Seeing this masterpiece of fright on our big screen is sure to get you in the Halloween mood! 50 pesos.


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