Held at a special location in October and November: CUNY Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor.
Nights of the Jackals
Syria, Abdellatif Abdelhamid, 1989
Set in Syria during the 1967 Israel-Arab war, a peasant father struggles to assert his patriarchal authority as family and community bonds begin to unravel. Hearing the jackals at night, Abu Kamel orders his wife to calm them with her magical whistle. In the city, his son neglects his studies in favor of a dissolute life. His daughter pursues a secret liaison with a local shoemaker. He even fails to perform his perfunctory military duty guarding a remote bridge. As the military broadcasts call for defense of the fatherland, the traditions of rural society are dissolving. “Beneath the surface farce ... [the film] has a serious message about the place of the traditional Arab male, and of Syria, in the modern world.” – Roy Armes
Dr. Christopher Stone will introduce the film and lead a discussion after. He is the author of Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation. He is Associate Professor and Head of the Arabic Program at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is also on the faculty of the MA in Middle East Studies program at the CUNY Graduate Center where he teaches courses on, among other things, Arab cinema.
Light food and drink provided.