Middle East Studies

Middle East Film Series | Clash, 2016

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Refreshments will be provided.

Director: Mohamed Diab
97 minutes
Arabic with English subtitles

Comments by Levi Thompson, Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center, to follow screening. 

Second film in the series, "Confined Spaces, Political Choices in New Films from the Middle East," organized by Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Literature Vangelis Calotychos and Middle East Studies.

Clash is a 2016 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Mohamed Diab. It was officially selected by the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was the opening film of the Festival's Un Certain Regard section that year. It was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated. It won the award for Best Film at the 2016 International Film Festival of Kerala.

Set just after the political events of June 2013, the film is shot entirely in the confines of a police van containing Muslim Brotherhood members and pro-army supporters, as well as other people belonging to neither of these factions.