What: Film Screening--Words of Witness (Egypt/US, 2012)
When: Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm
Where: Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave
About the film: Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22-year-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts, and Facebook posts. Every time Heba heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country’s future, her mother is compelled to remind her, “I know you are a journalist, but you’re still a girl!” Her coming of age, political awakening, and the disillusionment that follows mirror that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity, and democracy. Heba’s words bear witness to the heady optimism of a country on a path to self-determination and the celebration of a cultural shift where a younger generation inspired a country to “lead themselves.”
Journalist, author, and activist David Wolman will introduce the film.
Sponsored by the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center and the World Affairs Council of Oregon.
Presented by nwFilmCenter as a part of their Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film.
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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.