2009 Annual Turkish Film Festival on Nov. 14th and 15th

The 2009 Annual Turkish Film Festival will take place on the weekend of November 14th and 15th.  All films will be screened in Turkish with English subtitles and all film screenings are free and open to the public.  The festival is sponsored by the Madison Association of Turkish Students and the UW Middle East Studies Program.

Saturday, November 14th
1pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Kara Kopekler HavlarkenBlack Dogs Barking
Directed by Mehmet Bahadir Er and Maryna Gorbach

Restless and young, best buddies Selim and Caca struggle to get by while living on the outskirts of Istanbul. By day, they raise pigeons on their roof. By night, they roam the city streets with their entourage. Selim dreams of marrying his girlfriend and owning his own business with Caca–if only he can keep the unpredictable Caca under control. They are searching for their big break, and figure that their relationship with the local mafia boss will help them open up their own parking-lot business near a high-end shopping mall. But tensions mount when the mall’s security contractor discovers their plans, and the cops start focusing on them in order to gather evidence against the mafia.

Saturday, November 14th
3pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Uc Maymun – Three Monkeys
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceyhan

Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Three Monkeys tells a twisty, noirish tale that opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur, Eyüp, to take the rap. The film focuses on the effect the deal has on Eyüp’s wife and teenage son.

Sunday, November 15th
1pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Kiz kardesim, Mommo – The Boogeyman
Directed by Atalay Tasdiken

Inspired by real-life events, the film tells the story of nine-year-old Ali and his younger sister Ayse who are left in the care of their grandfather after their father’s new wife refuses to take them in.

Sunday, November 15th
3pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Sonbahar – Autumn
Directed by Ozcan Alper

Released from prison after 10 years for anti-government activities as a student in the 1990s, Yusuf returns to his sickly mother in a mountainous village near the Black Sea. He only sees his childhood friend Mikail. As autumn slowly gives way to winter, Yusuf and Mikail go to a tavern where Yusuf meets Eka, a beautiful Georgian prostitute. Love becomes a final desperate attempt to grasp life and elude solitude. Beyond the personal tragedy of a man who has nothing to look forward to, there lurks the bitter deception of a shattered socialist dream.


Middle East Film Series: Turkish Film ‘Distant’ on November 12th

The Turkish film Distant (Turkey 2002) will be screened on Thursday, November 12th at 7pm in 1651 Humanities as part of the Fall 2009 Middle East Film Series.  Directed by acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the film won 17 awards at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

The film tells the story of Yusuf, a young factory worker who loses his job and travels to Istanbul to stay with his relative Mahmut while looking for a job. Tension mounts as the two increasingly have difficultly relating to each other.

Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program.

Jewish Heritage Lecture Series: “The Mantic Sage in Israel and the Ancient Near East” by Leo Perdue on Nov. 10th

On Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm in Grainger Hall,Professor Leo Perdue of the Brite Divinity School will be presenting a lecture entitled, “The Mantic Sage in Israel and the Ancient Near East”.  This event is part of the Jewish Heritage Lecture Series sponsored by the UW Center for Jewish Studies.


Gerhard von Rad developed the thesis that apocalyptic developed out of Wisdom as a result of its failure to sustain its world view grounded in retribution. While endorsing his teacher’s thesis, Hans-Peter Müller (cf. James VanderKam) added that apocalyptic emerged from a particular form of Wisdom, i.e. mantic wisdom, as well as prophecy and was influenced by ancient Near Eastern texts. This lecture seeks to modify those interpretations. It contends that Wisdom does not cease to express its vibrancy and variety as it is transformed into apocalyptic, sectarian, rabbinic, and early Christian texts. It continued as a creative and instructive tradition well into Tannaitic and Amoraic Judaism. Müller is wrong to suggest that mantic wisdom was the only sapiential tradition that led to the development of apocalyptic. Certainly this type of wisdom contributed to the rise of later apocalyptic communities and their texts, but so did other rich resources of different types of wisdom: traditional instruction and proverbs providing guidance for everyday life, Torah and halakhah, and liturgy.

Andreas Bedenbender’s opposition to Müller’s (and VanderKam’s) arguments is based on the expectation of a rigidly exact conformity of Israelite and early Jewish mantic wisdom to ancient Near Eastern Wisdom and especially the emphasis on dreams. He does not allow for Israelite and Jewish sages to shape ancient Near Eastern mantic wisdom according to indigenous understandings. To require this strict set of expectations would in essence negate any possibility of influence on Jewish and Christian literatures by mantic wisdom and other sapiential traditions found in ancient Near Eastern literature.

About the Lecturer:

An historian and theologian, Leo G. Perdue is Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School, where he has taught for twenty years. Receiving his Ph.d. from Vanderbilt, he also has participated in seminars at the University of Chicago, Claremont School of Theology, and Yale. He has served as a visiting professor in several other universities and divinity schools. These include Göttingen, Heidelberg, Stellenbosch, Cambridge, and Chinese University Hong Kong.

In addition to composing some 150 essays and reviews, Professor Perdue has written and/or edited over thirty books. His most recent publications include After the Collapse of History. New Approaches to Biblical Theology (2005), Wisdom Literature: A Theological History (2007), Sword and Stylus: An Invitation to Wisdom in the Age of Empires (2008), and Sages, Scribes, and Seers (2008). Robert Morgan, emeritus Professor of New Testament, Oxford, and Benjamin Sommer, Jewish Theological Seminary, and he have recently written Biblical Theology: Introducing the Conversation (2009). He is currently working on two manuscripts: “Unrighteous Empire: The Bible and Postcolonial Resistance to American Imperialism,” “Among the Empires: A History of Israel and Early Judaism” (with Aliou Niang), and “Interpreting the Hebrew Bible: Methodology, Exegesis, and Hermeneutics.”

Perdue is the current editor of several series: The Library of Biblical Theology (16 volumes), The Library of Wisdom (25 volumes), The Biblical Encyclopedia (12 volumes), Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament (10 volumes), and The History of Biblical Studies (10 volumes).