In her first in-depth interview about her film 'Farah Goes Bang,' director/co-writer Meera Menon explores ethnic, political and feminine identities in Bush-era America. Tribeca: Farah Goes Bang explores so many different genre
After her family immigrated to the U.S. from India in the 1970s, Meera Menon split her time between Indian dance concerts, the mall and filming her friends in the backyard with her father's camcorders. She grew up in a house of ar
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Soon-to-be-made indie film Farah Goes Bang, co-written by Laura Goode and Meera Menon, follows three friends in their twenties–one Persian, one Indian, and one white–who hit the road to campaign for John Kerry in 2004. One of them is
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"Director Menon, who co-wrote the screenplay with Laura Goode, delivers a friskily realistic portrait of her three protagonists, who playfully banter about sex, grooming (“I look like Magnum, P.I., complains a horrified Roopa upon scrutinizing her facial hair) and men, including a debate about whether they’re rather sleep with Kerry or John Edwards."
Farah Goes Bang is essentially a celebration of modern female friendship, of the times it can inspire and those when it can fail. It is also refreshingly feminist in tone without being preachy about it. In a way, Menon's collaboration with her girlfriend, Goode, aided the writing process. She feels it was necessary to write a story on female friendship with a woman who has been one of her closest friends since the age of 18. Some scenes, such as the one where Roopa and KJ argue about hair removal for brown versus white skin, are inspired by a real-life conversation between Goode and Menon.
FARAH GOES BANG is a standout in this modern age of independent film-making. It’s a hidden treasure that is sure to resonate with 20-somethings all over the world. Meera Menon and Laura Goode are on to something special. They’ve made a film that captures a moment in time – a snapshot of our youth. It’s nostalgic and heartwarming, and a brilliant debut feature. See this movie.
Farah Goes Bang is a lesson in gender studies, but one that is blanketed with irony, laughter, humility and plain old rollicking fun. It is a film that women of a certain generation (read: Gen Xers and Gen Yers) will embrace for its honesty, but it is also a film that women of a certain generation (read: baby boomers) might find just as rewarding…crib notes into the lives of their own, often confounding, daughters, nieces and granddaughters. At times, Farah Goes Bang may seem disjointed and even a bit sophomoric, but in reality it is an homage to the legacy second wave feminists started in the 1960s — with a lot more gumption and a lot less hair.
The Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday inaugurated its Nora Ephron Prize, for a “woman writer or director with a distinctive voice,” by awarding it to a very surprised Meera Menon, the director of the road-trip comedy “Farah Goes Bang.”