Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Directed by Yousry Nasrallah
Egypt, 2009, 135 min.
A film by one of Egypt’s foremost directors that dramatically captures the fusion of oppressive politics, repression, and the desire for freedom and creativity that have fueled the Arab Spring. Framed like The Arabian Nights and set in modern-day Cairo, the film centers on a popular talk-show host named Hebba. When pressured by her husband to tone down government criticism in her show so he can get a much-desired government job promotion, she turns her show’s attention to the lives of ordinary women. The results are not at all what her husband or his bosses expected.
In Arabic with English subtitles.
Presented as part of the 22nd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films. Co-sponsored by Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) and Portland State University Black Studies Department, International Studies Department, and International Students.
Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.