Middle East Film Series: Egyptian Film ‘The Yacoubian Building’ on Nov 19th

On Thursday, November 19th at 7pm in 1651 Humanities the Middle East Studies Program will be screening The Yacoubian Building (Egypt 2006: 2 hrs. and 45 minutes) as part of the Program’s Fall 2009 Film Series. The film will be screened in Arabic with English subtitles. Based on the Arabic novel of the same name by Alaa Al-Aswani, the film was highly controversial in Egypt for its depiction of homosexuality, government corruption and terrorism.

Synopsis:
“An eye-catching construction, the Yacoubian Building in Cairo was long regarded as the last word in comfort and elegance. Nowadays the veneer has cracked and the shine has dulled to reveal the truth underneath the façade. Through interwoven stories of a number of the residents, the film paints a portrait of corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo and creates a vibrant but socially critical picture of contemporary Egypt.”

BBC article about the film

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