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Film: Queens of Syria

April 14, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

From Director Yasmin Fedda, the Islamicate Graduate Student Association is honored to screen Queens of Syria. This documentary tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the ancient Greek tragedy Trojan Women. What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved, and bereaved by the Trojan War.

The film is 70 minutes and will have a faculty introduction from Dr. Zeina G. Halabi, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and Culture in the Department of Asian Studies. In the face of incredible silencing of Syrian voices in this historical moment, IGSA offers space for the voices of this film who speak on revolution, war, exile, despair, dreams, and a collective future.

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April 14, 2016
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm