Thursday, February 11, 2021
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
In spring 2021, the Center for Middle East Studies is hosting a series of activities aimed at engaging and celebrating the internal CMES community at Brown. For its first event on February 11, Center Director Professor Nadje Al-Ali and Rita Slaoui '23 co-hosted a virtual panel with Sélim Mourad, director of the film "This Little Father Obsession (امبراطور النمسا)," webcast to which we are sharing with our extended audience.
About the movie:
A house built by the director’s grandfather that had even survived the Lebanese Civil War will be demolished. The director—an only child—is gay, thus the family line will end with him. We watch what unfolds as Selim visits his father’s estranged younger brother. In this autofiction documentary, Selim, unable to inherit either his house or sustain the family line, uses beauty and humor to challenge his father, his family, and the patriarchal system bound up in tradition and religion—in order to find his own place in the world.