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Screening: Arabic Movie

  • 501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University 1190 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Join the IIJS for the Israel Film Series screening of Arabic Movie, a personal documentary of Egyptian Cinema's impact on Israeli culture. Plus, Q&A with Writer/Director Eyal Sagui Bisawe following the film!

Date: Wednesday, March 2
Time: 8:00pm

Location: 501 Schermerhorn, Columbia University
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Synopsis: Many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back when television had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab movie of the week, but how was Israel's official TV station able to transcend hostile boundaries to obtain these films, and why did they show movies made by a nation at war with Israel? These Arabic-language movies from Egypt let some Israelis escape back to their original homelands, and let others catch a glimpse of neighbors across the border. "Arabic Movie" brings back the stars and the songs, the convoluted plots, and that fleeting moment when Israelis shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East. (60 mins)

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