Reading Ibn Tufayl in the Modern Middle East: Philosophy, Colonialism, and Political Fantasies @ Z. S. Reynolds Auditorium (Room 404)
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Arabic Film Series Fall 2016: A Revolution in Four Seasons (2016, 90 minutes, French, Arabic, English subtitles). @ Z. Smith Reynolds Auditorium
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Revolution in 4 seasons movie 1This film tells the story of two women with opposing political views, fighting for their different versions of a democratic future for Tunisia.  During Tunisia’s critical post-revolution years, we follow journalist Emna Ben Jemaa, who envisions a country governed by free speech and without the corruption of the former regime.  In contrast, Jawhara Ettis, of the Islamist party Ennahda, works towards a Tunisia guided by Islamic principles.  On a public level, both women must navigate how females are treated in their society, while at home they must make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with marriage and motherhood.  Both know the stakes are high.

Arabic Film Series Fall 2016: Our Terrible Country (2014, 85 minutes, Arabic, English subtitles). @ Z. Smith Reynolds Auditorium
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our terrible country movie 1In this documentary, Syrian directors Mohammad Ali Atassi and Ziad Homsi, accompany Syrian intellectual and activist Yassin Al Haj Saleh on his journey through the country after spending 16 years in political imprisonment.  Homsi captures the activist’s thoughts with his camera while addressing his own fears and hopes regarding events in Syria.  Homsi ends up being taken prisoner by extremists and Al Haj Saleh is forced to exile in Turkey.  Eventually, both reunite in Istanbul where Atassi captures their ongoing dialogue about being forced to leave their home country behind.