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CineCulture: Jan. 29, Dawn of the World

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:58 pm
by mhusain
(Film Screening Friday, January 29, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

January 29: Dawn of the World (L’aube du monde, 2008)
Discussant: Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn
Directed by Iraqi-born French film maker Abbas Fahdel, Dawn of the World is set in the Mesopotamian Marshes. This complex of shallow freshwater lakes, swamps, marshes, and seasonally inundated plains between the Tigris and Euphrates makes up the largest river delta in the Middle East. Located in southwestern Iraq on the border with Iran and Kuwait, the area is known as the land of the mythical Garden of Eden, explains the film director. This is where the Maadan tribes, also known as the Marsh Arabs, live, and where Mastur and Zahra grow up.
Shortly after their marriage, the first Gulf War breaks out and Mastur is sent to the front. There he befriends Riad, a young Baghdadi soldier, and makes him promise to protect Zahra should something happen to him… Fahdel’s film is a visual poem taking place in a haunting and magical landscape. The simplicity of his plot and the beauty of the images of the film almost make the story seem like a misty dream.
Starring in the film are two actresses whom some of the viewers might have seen in Radu Mihaileanu’s film La source des femmes (2011), Tunisian-French Hafsia Herzi as Zhara and Arab-Israeli Hiam Abbass as Mastur’s mother. Additionally, Dawn of the World won the prestigious Grand Prix for the Best Screenwriter in France. In Arabic and French, with English subtitles. 96 minutes. Trailer (in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8V9rZ11aIc

Co-Sponsors: Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures Department, the French and Middle East Studies Programs

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).

CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.
Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.
For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/
Contact:
Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu
Julian Srey (Club President) at juliansrey@mail.fresnostate.edu