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December 2020

Panel Discussion & Screening: “Politics from within Borders” with Ozgun Eylul Isscen, Nick Dyer-Witherford, Martina Tazziolo

December 9, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  The Critical Computation Bureau is pleased to invite you to the online symposium Recursive Colonialism, Artificial Intelligence, and Speculative Computation, which will take place between the 1st and the 12th of December, 2020.   Ozgun Eylul Iscen (Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry) will present "The Racial Politics of Smartness Mandate: Counterfuturisms Arising from the Middle East”. The collision of extractive, logistical, and financial operations, enabled by digital infrastructures, has escalated capital’s dependence on a racialized and gendered division of…

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February 2021

Film Screening & Discussion: “The Romey Lynchings,” with Akram Khater (NC State) and Sandy Ryland (family member)

February 11, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  In the early morning hours of Friday, May 17th, 1929, a Lebanese immigrant was lynched in Lake City, Florida. He was shot multiple times and left to die along a lonely stretch of the road heading south out of Lake City to Fort White.   N'oula Romey was the fourth victim of racial terror that year in Florida, and one of ten people who were lynched by white mobs across the US in 1929 alone. Just hours before, his…

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Film Screening and Discussion: Our War

February 24, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join Professor Tim Nichols and three of Duke's Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellows to watch and discuss the documentary Our War which follows three westerners who joined the Kurds in Northern Syria, to battle the self-declared Islamic State. The film chronicles their choices, nightmares, hopes, comrades, friends lost, and continued struggle for what they believe in. The AGS audience will be invited to simultaneously stream the film from Duke Libraries or Amazon and then, following the film at approximately 7:15pm, participate…

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October 2021

Film Screening: “Two Gods”

October 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

An intimate documentary about faith, renewal, and healing, TWO GODS follows a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in New Jersey, as he takes two young men under his wing to teach them how to live better lives. Inside a corner casket shop in East Orange, laboring amid the sawdust and the long pine boxes, casket makers work with mentors in the Islamic burial tradition. Hanif, a Black Muslim casket maker who finds spiritual grounding in his work, brings two boys…

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November 2021

Film Screening: “Chess of the Wind”

November 12, 2021 | 8:35 pm - 10:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1976, 93 min, Iran, in Farsi w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP) Screened publicly just once before it was banned and then lost for decades, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country’s pre-revolution New Wave. A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, Chess of the Wind unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal…

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Film Screening: “Flee” (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2021)

November 30, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2021, English/Danish, 90 mins) Through animation and some archival footage, Flee tells the story of Amin, an Afghan refugee now living with his fiance in Denmark. The story is both one person's journey and a moving account of what many refugees face as they search for a new home. Amin not only faces the struggle to refind his family; he also must grapple with what it means to live openly as a gay man. After the screening,…

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February 2022

Scholar of Global Distinction Student and Educator Program: “Unsettling Borders and Boundaries through Refugee Stories: Midnight Traveler and an Afghan Family’s Journey to Europe” with Banu Gökariksel (UNC) (virtual)

February 17, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  This is a tailored offering for community college students and educators at NC Scholar of Global Distinction campuses. The program is planned and administered by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and UNC World View, with support from UNC faculty. In its inaugural year, this program will explore Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences in partnership with Banu Gökariksel, UNC professor of geography and newly appointed chair of the curriculum in global studies. Scholar of Global Distinction students…

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March 2022

Film Screening: Forbidden String

March 3, 2022 | 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke invite you to the screening of Forbidden String. Film description: Akbar, Soori, Mohammed and Hakim, the children of Afghan parents who fled to Iran in the 1980s, have formed a rock band. Despite the danger they will face, they dream of performing in Afghanistan. For more information, contact Mehdi Emamian at me@emamian.com. Co-sponsored by Persian Studies Program at UNC Chapel Hill. East Duke Building, Room 209 Duke University

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Film Screening: Ben Gurion, Epilogue with Yael Perlov

March 24, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Yael Perlov, Israel Institute visiting artist at Duke University and the Artist in Residence in Cinematic Arts, will screen and then discuss her award-winning documentary, "Ben-Gurion, Epilogue" in a Q&A panel moderated by Professor Shai Ginsburg.   The film brings to life a lost interview with of one of the modern history's greatest leaders, David Ben-Gurion. It is 1968, he is 82 and lives in the desert. Ben-Gurion's introspective soul-searching provides a surprising vision for crucial decisions Israel needs to…

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Discussion in Class with Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt (Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary)

March 29, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Graham Memorial 39, 2204 Erwin Rd
Durham, 27705
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Visit by Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt Tuesday March 29 12:30-1:45 pm: In-person presentation in Yaron Shemer’s class “Beyond Hostilities” (open to the public, Graham Memorial 039)   6:30 pm: Screening of the documentary Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary followed by a discussion with the filmmaker (free and open to the public. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, the FedEx Building)   Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary a film by Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramson (2005, 90 min.)   The documentary,…

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Screening of Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary (with Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt)

March 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Visit by Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt Tuesday March 29 12:30-1:45 pm: In-person presentation in Yaron Shemer’s class “Beyond Hostilities” (open to the public, Graham Memorial 039)   6:30 pm: Screening of the documentary Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary followed by a discussion with the filmmaker (free and open to the public. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, the FedEx Building)   Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary a film by Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramson (2005, 90 min.)   The documentary,…

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April 2022

Film Screening: “The Mother of Two Springs: Mosul” and discussion with film producer Noor Ghazi 

April 18, 2022 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In June of 2014, Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell under the atrocity of ISIS. Under a constricted social life, people suffered on many different levels. Noor Ghazi, a Professor of the Practice under the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC-Chapel Hill, travelled to Mosul after its liberation in 2018 to document the atrocity under ISIS. In this documentary, you will hear from people who lived, experienced and suffered under ISIS in Mosul. A discussion with Noor…

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May 2022

Film Screening: “The Unseen”

May 11, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  GSAID Movienight Series presents The Unseen by Behzad Nalbandi.   When foreign dignitaries are expected in Tehran, the local authorities dedicate themselves to an "urban beautification" process which includes the rounding up of unsavory characters - drug addicts and prostitutes from the streets. The men are released after a few days, but the women are kept as wards of the state in perpetuity. They are sent to holding centers on the outskirts of the city where no records are…

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September 2022

Film Screening: Neptune Frost (2021)

September 8, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that's a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work. Co-directed by the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman.   In the hilltops of Burundi a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's…

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Muslim Futurism: Panel, Closing Reception and Film Screening

September 10, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  In partnership with the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Arts, MIPSTERZ is proud to present a panel discussion exploring Muslim Futurism and the academic and creative disciplines that support the dreaming of alternate futures. This event is free and open to the public. Parking available at the Campus Drive lot across from the Rubenstein Arts Center.   2:00 -3:30 pm - MUSLIM FUTURISM: Definitions and Manifestations 3:30 - 5:00 pm - Closing reception for ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM…

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Film: Feathers (Omar El Zohairy, 2021)

September 24, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  When a magic trick goes awry at a children's birthday party, the authoritative father of the family turns into a chicken. An avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls everyone; the mother, whose mundane life was dedicated to her husband and children, is now urged to come to the fore and take care of her family. While moving heaven and earth to bring her husband back and secure their survival, she goes through a total transformation. "'Feathers' is fueled by a quiet,…

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Film Screening “A Tale of Love and Desire”

September 27, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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All are welcome to this fil screening as part of UNC’s Albertine Cinémathèque French film festival. A Tale of Love and Desire (Une histoire d’amour et de désir) explores sexuality and desire as juxtaposed with language and Tradition. Directed by Leyla Bouzid, the film follows the story of a young French-Algerian man who falls in love with a young Tunisian girl. Simultaneously, this man discovers erotic Arab literature that he never imagined existed and tries to resist his desire while…

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October 2022

Film Screening: “Infiltrators”

October 7, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Join the UNC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine for our monthly film night! On the first Friday of every month of the semester, we invite those interested in learning more about Palestine to come and watch a film, documentary, or other form of cinematography to experience stories of Palestinians in an inclusive and open space. There will be a short, optional discussion of the film after each meeting. This weeks film is "Infiltrators" a visceral “road movie” that chronicles the daily travails…

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

October 11, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a special screening of the 2022 LUX Audience Award-winning film, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić. The film focuses on Aida, a translator for the United Nations, during the Srebrenica genocide in the summer of 1995. Based on true events, the film tells the story of Aida, an English teacher and translator taking shelter in a United Nations military base operated by Dutch peacekeepers, alongside her husband, two sons, and 30,000 other refugees. As the Serbian…

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Film Screening: “The Law in These Parts” with Director, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

October 26, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz is a director, screenwriter and editor. He is known for the documentary The Law in These Parts (2011), which received the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, a Peabody award, and numerous other prizes. His earlier documentaries, The Inner Tour (2001) and Martin (1999), were shown in the Berlin Film Festival's Forum section and MoMA's New Directors / New Films series. Alexandrowicz's single fiction feature, James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003), premiered in Cannes Directors' Fortnight and…

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November 2022

Film Screening: “My Grandfather’s People (Dedemin İnsanları)”

November 7, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Directed by Çetin Irmak, the film My Grandfather's People (Dedemin İnsanları) was released in 2011 and is set in a quaint town on Turkey's Aegean coast.  Despite the picturesque setting, the film grapples with a number of heavy topics including the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the 1980 military coup in Turkey, as well as questions over nationalism, assimilation, and belonging. The film analyzes these topics through the relationship between a grandfather (Çetin Tekindor) and his grandson (Durukan Çelikkaya). The film, while…

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Film Screening: “Infiltrators”

November 10, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Join the UNC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine for our monthly film night! On the first Friday of every month of the semester, we invite those interested in learning more about Palestine to come and watch a film, documentary, or other form of cinematography to experience stories of Palestinians in an inclusive and open space. There will be a short, optional discussion of the film after each meeting. This weeks film is "Mayor", which follows Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of…

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Film Screening: “The Water Diviner (Son Umut)”

November 30, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This film the delves into the story of Australian father Joshua Connor, fantastically portrayed by film director Russell Crowe. Unfortunately, ensuing World War One’s battle of Gallipoli (Çanakkale), Connor’s three sons never return from war. After losing his wife to the heartbreak of losing her children, he leaves Australia to traverse the remaining, barren war landscapes of Gallipoli in search of them. There he meets a beautiful Turkish woman moved by his story, later offering her help and connections. The…

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December 2022

Film Screening: “Radiograph of a Family” (Firouzeh Khosrovani, 2020)

December 2, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In this poetic and personal exploration, Iranian filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani uses photographs, letters, re-creations and archival footage to examine her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution. Charting the course of the relationship from when her mother quite literally married a photograph of her father through correspondence passionately debating a series of disagreements on religion and secularism and arts and culture, it becomes clear that their ever-changing dynamic is inextricably…

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