Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296, 1825 SW Broadway
Six women in Beirut seek love, marriage, and companionship and find duty, friendship, and possibility. Four work at a salon: Nisrine, engaged to Bassam, with a secret she shares with her co-workers; Jamale, a divorced mother of teens, a part-time model, fearing the encroachment of time; Rima, always in pants, attracted to Siham, a client who smiles back; Layale, in love with a married man, willing to drop everything at a honk of his horn. There's also Rose, a middle-aged seamstress, who cares for Lili, old and facing dementia. Rose has a suitor; Layale has an admirer on the police force. Is delight a possibility? Is caramel a sweet or an instrument of pain?
Directed by Nadine Labaki
Featuring a discussion with Lina Gomaa, Instructor of Arabic, Portland State University
Read the PSU Vanguard article, Beauty shop: Lebanese film Caramel screens on campus (May 13, 2013), about the film and screening.
Free & open to the public
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.
The medium of film offers incomparable insight into its subject. The Middle East Studies Center’s film series showcases the rich tradition of cinema in the Middle East and provides opportunities for audiences to view the region in new ways and to engage with potentially transformative ideas about the Middle East.