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Great Directors: Contemporary Middle-Eastern Cinema

The group will view and critique six films--directed by a range of directors from several Middle-Eastern countries. The following films will be viewed and discussed: Dariush Mehrjui’s The Cow (1969); Houchang Allahyari’s Born in Absurdistan (1999); Jafar Panahi’s Crimson Gold (2003); Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation (2011); Haiffaa Al-Mounsour’s Wajida (2012), and Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014). The objective is for members to increase their understanding and appreciation of the collaborative art of filmmaking in general, and in particular, to expand their knowledge and appreciation of international filmmakers. Individual members of the group may assume responsibility for leading the discussion of each film, and members will share their responses and insights into various aspects of the films, such as screenplay, direction, acting, production design, cinematography, themes and symbols, editing, and sound.

 When: Wednesdays
 Time: 1:00 to 3:30 PM   
 Dates:Sept 18, Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, Nov 27, 2019
 Where: Facilitators’ home

Facilitators are Robert M. Seiler and Tamara P. Seiler, Professors Emeriti, Dept. of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary.

Registration is limited to 12. To get on the waiting list e-mail Facilitator 

Participants must indicate whether or not they will be attending each session and those on the waiting list will be contacted whenever space is available.

Note: There will be a second (repeat) session of this group on the following dates: 
Feb 26, Mar 11, 25, Apr 8, 22; May 6, 2020. For more information and/or to register for the Spring session email Facilitator

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public


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