• Cape Cod Festival of Arab and Middle Eastern Cinema

    For the first time the Cape Cod Festival of Arab and Middle Eastern Cinema (CCFAMEC) will bring screenings to Brewster at First Parish. The festival runs from April 30 to May 3 at various venues on Cape Cod from Dennis to Provincetown, with screenings from a dozen countries, receptions, post screening discussions, and even Skype Q&A sessions with the directors. The full schedule is available online at www.CapeCodFilmSociety.com.The following is a list of just the screenings happening at First Parish Brewster:

    Friday, May 1, 6:30 pm
    Screening and Filmmaker Presentation
    Flying Paper by Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill (52 min, 2014, USA/Palestine) Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying. The film follows Musa, a charismatic teenaged kite-maker in the village of Seifa, and Abeer an aspiring young journalist in the Jabalya refugee camp. They join a remarkable quest, along with thousands of other children, to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. Director Nitin Sawhney will present and discuss his film along with his work teaching media to youth in Palestine in-person.

    Friday, May 1, 8:00 pm
    Screening and Discussion
    Bab’AzizThe Prince Who Contemplated His Soul by Nacer Khemir (96 min, 2005, Tunisia)  Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the latest cinematic offering from writer and director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert), with the participation of screenwriter Tonino Guerra (L’Avventura, Amarcord). The story begins with a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, who are wandering the desert together in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own–including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Nacir Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran. Director Nacer Khemir’s past cinematic achievements include the award-winning features “Les Baliseurs du Désert” (Wanderers of the Desert), awarded Grand Prix of the Festival des Trois Continents in 1984, and “Le Collier Perdu de la Colombe” (The Dove’s Lost Necklace), which won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 1991.
    Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am 
    Screening and SKYPE Q
    ManIslam: Islam and Masculinity by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (60 min, 2014, Norway) Why does a man in Kuwait inspired by the 99 names of Allah and the Quranic stories create comics about super heroes called the 99? Why does a man in Bangladesh travel from one village to another and teach the community how to play a board-game? Why does a man in Indonesia encourage other men wearing mini shirts in a demonstration? They all have the same target. They will change the dark side of the masculinities in their cultures by playing games. They all want to reform Islam. Nefise Özkal Lorentzen is a Turkish-Norwegian film director. This film is preceded by the short film With Time by Malak Quota (14 min, 2014, UAE) Inspired by true events, two young sister, are abandoned by their parents and locked up in a room by their half brother. They live out their days struggling with their reality, repeating memories and indulging in fantasies. Turkish-Norwegian Director Nefise Özkal Lorentzen will join us via Skype to take questions from us!

    Saturday, May 2, 1:00 pm
    Screening and SKYPE Q
    Bending the Rules (Ghaedeye Tasadof) by Behnam Behzadi (94 min, 2013, Iran)  An enthusiastic and amateur theatrical group finds the opportunity to perform abroad which is a great success. Sheherazad, a desperate girl, joins the group and takes the leading role in the play. She decides, unlike her other fellow actors to tell the truth to her father. He is against this trip. The group is now in a dilemma: replace her or else… Bending the Rules is the story of the third generation of the Iranian Revolution that does not want to compromise on their principles and rights with their parents. Preceded by the short films The Sound of the Road by Barzan Rostami (3 min, 2014, Iran): This experimental animated piece tells a story of about fake loves. A boy and a girl meet each other in the street. After a while they get married. After a period of time living together and having some conflict they have a baby. In spite of the conflict they get divorced. As a result the child is wondering which one to choose; and Mountain of Servants by Daniel Lombroso(14 min, 2015, Canada/Turkey), a short documentary about a dwindling Christian minority group in Turkey. It is sadly relevant in light of all that is happening with minority communities in Iraq and Syria. Turkish producer Mehmet Aziz Yirik will join us for Q&A via Skype!

    Ticket Prices & Passes
    Ticket prices for each screening are $15 per person. There is also a “Brewster Pass” available, which allows purchasers to see all of four programs at First Parish Brewster only, for one price of $50 (a savings of $10). Tickets and Passes can be purchased in advance online at http://www.CapeCodFilmSociety.com or at the door. (NOTE: Passes will not be prorated if screenings are already missed; Passholder must arrive at least 15 minutes before the screening time in order to guarantee a seat.)

    Note for Parents
    Most of the films in this year’s festival have English subtitles and are therefore not appropriate for children who do not have solid reading skills yet. As far as the suitability of the content for your child, these films deal with other cultures and issues that sometimes include discussions of violence, sexuality, and political views, so we encourage you to ask before purchasing a ticket for your child via email: filmsociety@comcast.net.

    CCFAMEC is supported in part by a grant from the Brewster Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. In addition, this year’s festival is sponsored by Chatham Orpheum Theater, Cape Cinema, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. All Brewster screenings are co-presented by Brewster Meeting House Presents.


  • Rev Don’s Concert is May 2nd at 7:30pm. 

    A Sentimental Journey: The Sweet Sounds of Yesteryear

    Come hear our very own multi-talented Reverend Don tickle those ivories with selections that will include Dixieland jazz, show tunes, blues, sophisticated jazz and “standards” (oldies but goodies). He might even throw in a hymn or two, but he promises they will be jazzy.  He will be accompanied by drummer, Kareem Sanjaghi, and bassist, Laird Boles, both well-known to jazz fans on the Cape.

    In the First Parish Meetinghouse Sanctuary

    Concert to benefit the Faith Neighborhood Kitchen.

    See Flyer HERE

  • Open Mic Classical
    Are you a doctor with a classical horn habit, or an orchestra member who misses playing in small ensembles? Are you an aspiring young student who doesn’t ever get a chance to play with a pianist, but would like to develop your performing skills? Or a composer eager to try out your newest work?

    Dust off your flugelhorn, oil your keys, and come share your talent in an intimate and casual atmosphere.

    Admission is free, and classical musicians of all ages and levels are welcome. Pianist on site is available to accompany you.

    “Open Mic Classical” is brought to you by clarinetist Mónika Woods (winner of the Cape Symphony’s 2013 Soloist Competition) and amateur violist and sculptor Robert Marcus representing First Parish Brewster, with Lucy Banner and Elizabeth Tipton as collaborative pianists.

    WHEN:  3rd Sunday of the Month

    March through June

    Next one: April 19th, 2015, 3 pm

    (sign up at: 2:45pm)

    Featuring: violinist Dan Flonta
    Founder and first violinist of the Cape Cod String Quartet, he is regularly performing with the Cape Symphony, Falmouth Chamber Players and the Plymouth Philharmonic.  He is on the Faculty of the Cape Conservatory and Sturgis Charter School.  Native of Romania, he now lives on Cape Cod with his family.

    WHERE:  Brewster Meeting House (First Parish Church, 1969 Main Street or Rt. 6A, Brewster, MA)

    Admission: FREE (donations for featured guest musicians accepted)

    Whether you are an amateur musician, performing artist, fan of classical music, volunteer, venue or business seeking to sponsor a cause, please contact us.

    For more information please contact Mónika Woods (web: klarinetista.com  Ph: (774)-353-0244), or Bob Marcus (Ph: (508)-945-0832 ).