Film Series

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.

The Middle East Studies Center's 2012-13 film series focuses on the theme, Being Young in the Middle East. October's screenings engage with 'Sport in the Middle East'.

Upcoming Screenings

Portland State of Mind: Middle East Studies Center film series: Offside (2006)

Offside (Iran, 2006)

Friday, October 12 - 7:00 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294, 1825 SW Broadway

Who is that strange boy sitting quietly in the corner of a bus full of screaming fans going to the football match? In fact this shy boy is a girl in disguise. She is not alone; women also love football in Iran.

Before the game begins, she is arrested at the check point and put into a holding pen just by the stadium with a band of other women all dressed up as men. They will be handed over to the vice squad after the match.

But before this, they will be tortured! They must endure every cheer, every shout of a game they cannot see. Worse yet, they must listen to the play-by-play account of a soldier who knows nothing about football. Yet these young girls just won’t give up. They use every trick in the book to see the match.

A smart comedy illustrating the fight for women’s rights in Iran.

In Persian with English subtitles

Free & open to the public


Forerunners (Israel, 2004)

Saturday, October 13 - 7:00 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294, 1825 SW Broadway

An Israeli documentary about three members of the national women’s soccer team, a Mizrachi Jew, an immigrant from the Ukraine, and a Christian Palestinian, this film shows how struggles with family, society, and self build a positive team environment.

In Hebrew with English subtitles

Featuring a discussion with Alon Raab, lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of California at Davis. Raab coedited the book, Soccer in the Middle East, which explores the multifaceted connections between soccer and society including questions of class, gender, and nationalism

Free & open to the public