Middle East Studies

Cinematic Matters and Other Extraordinary Cases

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration will open March 11.

Please be aware, that upon start of the event, unclaimed lunches and seats will be given to those on standby, even if you have registered.Priority will be given to the Brown community.

Speaker: Hisham Bizri, Professor of Literary Arts

Abstract:
This talk looks at utopia and anti-utopia in Lebanon seen in the extraordinary cases of “divine victories”, professors of politics, practitioners of the art of memory, and lovers of cinema, and how I came to make a film called “Song for the Deaf Ear” (the film will be screened).

Bio:
Hisham Bizri is a film director, writer, and producer, born in Beirut, Lebanon. He started working in films in the US and Hungary with directors Stan Brakhage, Raúl Ruiz and Miklós Jancsó and has directed 25 short films in the US, France, Korea, Japan, Lebanon, and Ireland. His work has been shown in many international venues including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Moscow, Oberhausen, Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, and MoMa (NY). Bizri is co-founder of the Arab Institute of Film in Jordan and the recipient of numerous awards such as the McKnight, Jerome, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and the “Rome Prize”. Formerly Professor of Cinema and Filmmaking at the University of Minnesota, he joined the Literary Arts faculty in July, 2014.

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