"Salvation Army," film screening and discussion with director Abdellah Taia | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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"Salvation Army," film screening and discussion with director Abdellah Taia

September 29, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by Film Studies; European Studies Center; French and Italian; Humanities Center; Global Studies Center; Religious Studies; Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies; Provost's Year of the Humanities.

Abdellah is a young gay man navigating the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Growing up in a large family in a working-class neighborhood, Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores and a handful of predatory older men, in a society that denies his homosexuality.  As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he grapples with the loss of his homeland.  SALVATION ARMY, the directorial debut for Abdellah Taïa – an acclaimed Moroccan and Arab writer – is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taïa is the first writer of his descent to speak out openly about his homosexuality. Discussion with the director after the screening. Moderated by Professor of German and Film Studies, Randall Halle.

For more information on Taia and his work, see this article in the NYTimeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/world/middleeast/abdellah-taia-makes-his-directorial-debut.html; and this piece in The Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/arab-film-gay-protagonist_n_3868321.html

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