Labor Goes to the Movies, "Bab El-Oued City"

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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:00pm
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Held at a special location in October and November: CUNY Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor. Many of the buildings in lower Manhattan still do not have working heat because of damage caused by the storm. Please dress warm.


Algeria, Merzak Allouache, 1994

Winner of the International Critics’ Prize at Cannes and the grand prize at the 1994 Arab Film Festival in Paris, the film relates the story of a young man, Boualem, in the Bab el-Oued neighborhood of Algiers, shortly after riots in 1988. That unrest led to the rise of the Islamic Salvation Front and a devastating civil war that left more than 100,000 dead following the cancellation of elections in 1992. Boualem cannot sleep as the mosque’s nearby loudspeaker crackles with admonitions, and he ultimately hurls the equipment into the sea. Local defenders of the faith seek to enforce strict observance in the neighborhood, and close in on the miscreant who dared to silence the message of the mosque. According to the director, “the violence in Algeria is not Algeria’s alone. It is a drama with an international dimension. One has the impression that it is a violence that marks the end of our century.”

Light food and drink provided.

Guest Speaker

Alexander Elinson, Associate Professor of Arabic and Director of the Hunter College Summer Arabic Program, is the author of Looking Back at al-Andalus: the poetics of loss and nostalgia in medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature. Professor Elinson has written on Arbaic prose and poetry, and is currently working on fourteenth century Granada and Fez (stemming from research conducted with a Fulbright fellowship in 2010), among other projects.

(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Contesting Islamophobia. Download a poster with a full calendar of 2012-13 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)

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