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Middle East Film Series

The Middle East Studies section of OSU Libraries is very proud of our excellent collection of International Films.  We have hundreds of films in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish.  This year, in conjunction with NELC and the Middle East Studies Center,  we are presenting an expanded series of Films in all our languages.

2019 Films

Winter/Spring 2019 

We Loved Each Other So Much

6:30 PM,

Jan 29th, 2019

 

Room 165, Thompson Library

Arabic language with English subtitles

For nearly half a century, the Lebanese singer Nouhad Haddad, better known as Fairuz, has been a living legend in the Arab world. [The film] tells the stories of diverse Beirut inhabitants who, regardless of their political or religious affiliations, have always felt a deep emotional connection with Fairuz and her music, which expresses such universal themes as romantic longing, family attachments, nostalgia for simpler times and love of country. By explaining their attachment to the music and the myth of Fairuz, they tell their life stories, often recounting violent incidents from the civil war. Their reminiscences, combined with portions of many of Fairuz's songs, provide a moving commentary on Lebanon's tumultuous history, traces of which are still visible in Beirut's devastated cityscape and bullet-scarred buildings

Fireworks Wednesday

 چهار شنبه سورى

6:30 PM,

Feb. 12th, 2019

 

Room 165,

Thompson Library

 

Persian Language with English subtitles

It's the last Wednesday of the Iranian New Year and in the old Persian tradition kids and adults alike take to fireworks in the streets. Meanwhile in a block of apartments all forms of human emotions are on display. Mojdeh suspects that her husband is having an affair with the hairdresser in the flat next door. She feels cheated and isolated and on the eve of their departure to another country, she is having a total breakdown. A young girl who, on the eve of her marriage, has come to earn some money by house cleaning in Mojde's flat, becomes a pawn in a game of love and hate, truth and deception between all the involved parties.

Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Once upon a Time in Anatolia

6:30 PM,

Feb. 26th, 2019

Room 165,

Thompson Library

 

Turkish Language with English subtitles
In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is proving more difficult than expected as Kenan is fuzzy as to the body's exact location. As the group continues looking, its members can't help but chat among themselves about both trivia and their deepest concerns in an investigation that is proving more trying than any of them expected.

We Loved Each Other So Much

re-scheduled

6:30 PM,

Mar. 27th, 2019

Room 165,

Thompson Library

 

Arabic Language with English subtitles
For nearly half a century, the Lebanese singer Nouhad Haddad, better known as Fairuz, has been a living legend in the Arab world. [The film] tells the stories of diverse Beirut inhabitants who, regardless of their political or religious affiliations, have always felt a deep emotional connection with Fairuz and her music, which expresses such universal themes as romantic longing, family attachments, nostalgia for simpler times and love of country. By explaining their attachment to the music and the myth of Fairuz, they tell their life stories, often recounting violent incidents from the civil war. Their reminiscences, combined with portions of many of Fairuz's songs, provide a moving commentary on Lebanon's tumultuous history, traces of which are still visible in Beirut's devastated cityscape and bullet-scarred buildings

The Desert

هامون

6:30 PM,

Apr. 2nd, 2019

Room 165,

Thompson Library

 

Persian Language with English subtitles

The middle class Hamid Hamoun has been married to painter Mahshid for seven years. However, Mahshid is becoming increasingly frustrated with their existence, and feels that Hamid is somehow holding her back from her true creativity. When she asks for a divorce, Hamid struggles to come to terms with it, in addition to his battle to complete his PhD. In a series of dream sequences that resemble the work of Fellini, Hamid tries to piece together what went wrong. Hailed as Dariush Mehrjui's greatest masterpiece since 'The Cow,' this compelling film uses subtle humor to tell the story of one man's heartbreaking loss.

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