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Fall 2017

Layali Cinema Series – Fall 2017
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The Syrian Bride
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7:30pm
Olin 11
Set in the Golan Heights, The Syrian Bride follows Mona (Clara Khoury), an Arab Druze woman about to be married to a Syrian soap opera star. Once she crosses from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights into Syria, she will be unable to ever return, forcing her to leave her family and the life she had behind.

West Beirut
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 7:30pm
Olin 11
West Beirut is set in April 1975, as civil war breaks out in the cosmopolitan city known as the "Paris of the Middle East". The Lebanese capital quickly divides along Muslim-Christian lines into East and West. Tarek, an easygoing high school student passionate about filmmaking, doesn’t take the fighting seriously at first. Schools are closed, the violence is fascinating, and sneaking across no man's land to the other side is a game. But the war moves inexorably from an adventure to a nationwide tragedy.

Son of Babel
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 7:30pm
Olin 11
Son of Babel begins in northern Iraq, two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. On hearing news that hundreds of people long presumed dead have been found alive in a southern Iraq prison, a Kurdish grandmother takes along her 12-year-old grandson Ahmed to discover the fate of his father, who has been missing since the Gulf War. From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, they hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims, as Iraqis struggling to come to grips with its dark history after bloody wars, a brutal dictatorship, and an unfamiliar new foreign military occupation. The story of Ahmed and his grandmother also tells us about the decades-long repression of the Kurdish minority in Iraq.

Language Fair
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Alumnae Lounge
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A networking event to connect with local and international companies/organizations, explore language options and discover opportunities for study abroad and scholarships.

A Jewish Language for All Occasions: Ladino Culture and Literature
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 7:00-9:00pm
Laminan Lounge, Olin Center

Today, comparatively little is known about the world of the Sephardic Jewish language, Ladino. Ladino once permeated every aspect of Jewish life in Greece, Turkey, and the Balkans—folk culture, oral traditions, politics, and literature. This presentation traces the rise and fall of Ladino culture, especially in the city of Salonica, once home to the largest Ladino-speaking community in the world.
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Courses for Fall 2017:

  • AARB 91-01: Border Crossings: Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees in the Middle East
  • ILVS 91-03: Cinema of Apocalypse