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Middle East Studies

Screening of Abluka

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute 

Free and open to the public. 

Refreshements will be provided. 

Organized by Pelin Kadercan, visiting scholar in Middle East Studies. 

Director: Emin Alper
2015, Turkey
119 minutes
Turkish, with English subtitles

Abluka (Turkish for ‘frenzy’), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival,  is described by director Emin Alper as a warning about the fragility of democracy. Through the story of two brothers, Kabir and Ahmed, in a dystopian imagining of modern Istanbul, the film explores themes of paranoia engendered by the socio-political fear of terrorism and state-sponsored distrust of institutions of government.