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Last Monday at the Movies returns to New West screen

Quickening, by Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Haya Waseem, plays at Massey Theatre on May 30.
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Arooj Azeem stars as Sheila in Quickening, on screen for Last Monday at the Movies in New Westminster May 30.

Film lovers in New Westminster have another independent film gem coming their way this month.

The Arts Council of New Westminster's Last Monday at the Movies film series continues on Monday, May 30 with a screening of Quickening.

The film, by Pakistani-Canadian writer-director Haya Waseem, tells the story of Sheila, a Pakistani-Canadian teenager who struggles to define her identity as she is pulled between her newfound social life at university and her family's traditional values. After starting a secret relationship with a classmate, Sheila discovers the costs associated with keeping those two worlds apart.

The film stars Canadian actor Arooj Azeem, in her debut feature film performance, as Sheila. She's onscreen with her real-life parents, Bushra and Ashir Azeem; Ashir himself is a celebrated actor and filmmaker in Pakistan.

Moviegoers can catch it onscreen at 7 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Tickets are $9, or $8 for students and seniors. You can buy online or pay cash at the door.

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