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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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