February 17 and 24, and March 3 and 10, at 7 pm
Wednesday February 17
Introduction to the program and lecture by Fareed Armaly.
Wednesday February 24
Al-makhdu'un (The Dupes, 1972)
Set in the 1950s, this is the story of three Palestinian refugees from different generations and different perspectives who want to go to Kuwait, a city which is at the height of an oil boom and a «promised land», where they hope to find work and begin a new life. Their paths converge at Basra (Iraq), near the border.
Wednesday March 3
Al-mutamarridun (The Rebels, made in 1966, released in 1968)
A doctor who is ill is admitted into an isolated clinic in the middle of a desolate desert. Although the context seems to indicate that it is a centre for the treatment of tuberculosis, a certain ambivalence tinges everything and suggests that it may be a place for the confinement of people who are not considered healthy from the political point of view. The doctor is one of them.
Wednesday March 10
Dar al-mahabil (Fool's Alley, 1955)
A young worker buys his fiancé a lottery ticket that turns out to be the winning number. The couple desperately need money, because the young man earns very little in the bicycle workshop where he works. The girl's father, a religious man, warns his daughter that Islam prohibits games of chance and she throws the away the ticket, which is picked up by a madman. Several locals use different strategies to try to get their hands on the prize money
Wednesday March 17
Yawmiyat na'ib fi-l-aryaf (Diary of a Country Prosecutor, 1968)
Based on a homonymous novel by Tawfiq al-Hakim, this comedy of errors is presented as the diary of a young prosecutor posted in a village in Egypt. Steeped in the ideals of a European education, the prosecutor clashes with a world in which the imported legal system seems alien and incomprehensible.