SCHEHERAZADE: TELL ME A STORY (Not Rated)
Karim and Hebba are a young married and loving couple. Both have
great careers. Karim is just about to be appointed as editor-in-chief of
the greatest governmental newspaper. Hebba is the hostess of much
appreciated TV programs about female victims, e.g., daughters who are
buried alive because of improper behavior, people drowning when
attempting illegal immigration to Europe. Karim is told that he will
only be appointed if his wife avoids political topics. He does persuade
her to make programs on ordinary people instead. But her “non-political”
programs will become even more repugnant to the authorities.
Panelist: Dr. Maysa Hayward, dean of E-Learning, Ocean County College
Made in Pakistan (Not Rated)
An insider’s look into “The Most Dangerous Country in the World” as labeled by a cover story in Newsweek on
October 29, 2007. The documentary follows the lives of four Pakistani
individuals who defy this prevailing stereotype of the country by the
very choices they have made in their lives. They are working
professionals—two women entrepreneurs, a politician, and a lawyer. These
four individuals represent a multifaceted Pakistan—a country where
politics, religion, debate, tradition, and fashion intermingle—where one
definition of an Islamic State no longer holds true.
Panelists: Nasir Khan, film director and Mohammed Sheikh, graduate student, Monmouth University
RACHIDA (Not Rated)
A look at terrorism in Algeria in the 1990s through the eyes of Rachida,
a teacher in one of the school districts. The film digs into the life
of a woman in the Sunni Muslim patriarchal culture and the day-to-day
living with anxiety and fear as bands of guerrilla thugs roam the
streets. Panelists: Dr. Nancy Mezey, director, Institute for Global
Understanding and Dr. Saliba Sarsar, professor of political science,
Under the Bombs (Not Rated)
the wake of Israel’s 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman
finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a
risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her
son. Panelists: Dr. Azzam Elayan, lecturer in chemistry, Monmouth
University and Dr. Saliba Sarsar, professor of political science,
Camp de Thiaroye
In this semi-autobiographical film by Ousmane Sembene, black
soldiers help to defend France in the Algerian War, but are detained in
prison camp before being repatriated home.
Raoul Peck’s film portrays the true story of the rise to power and
assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the
independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.
In this film by Abderrahmane Sissako, Melé is a bar singer, her husband
Chaka is out of work, and the couple is on the verge of breaking up.
African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World
Bank and the IMF whom they blame for Africa’s woes. Chaka does not seem
to be concerned by Africa’s desire to fight for its rights.
In this film by Lee Isaac Chung, an orphan of the Rwandan genocide
travels from Kigali to the countryside on a quest for justice.
When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female
circumcision, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart in this
film by Ousmane Sembene.
Handsomely-mounted historical epic that concerns the birth of Islam and the story of the Prophet Mohammed.
All movies will be shown in the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University. Free of charge and open to the Monmouth University community and the general public.