Middle East Studies

Conversation and Film Screening | 'The Soil and the Sea'

The Soil and the Sea Conversation and Film Screening

Thursday, February 15, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Registration required. Those who have registered will receive a time-limited link to the documentary 48-hours before the February 15 event with the director and producer.

About the Event

'The Soil and the Sea' director Daniele Rugo and Carmen Hassoun Abou Jaoudé, producer, in conversation with Brown Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature, Dima Nasser.

Film Synopsis: In Lebanon there are more than 100 untouched mass graves dating back from the Civil War (1975-1990), and thousands of families awaiting a missing relative or at least a bone to bury. 'The Soil and the Sea' unveils the violence lying beneath a garden, a school, a cafe, a hotel, and other unremarkable landscapes. As the camera interrogates these everyday spaces, voices fill them with erased stories.

CastElias Khoury, script and narration

Virtual Event

About the Panelists

Carmen Hassoun Abou Jaoudé is a political scientist, researcher and expert in transitional justice. She is a lecturer at University Saint-Joseph in Beirut, the American University of Beirut and the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, where she teaches transitional justice and engages her students in truth-seeking and truth-telling exercises, collecting testimonies from their parents on the Lebanese Civil War and ongoing political violence. She worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) where she served as Head of its program and office in Lebanon between 2011 and 2015.

Dima Nasser is a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature program at Brown University specializing in modern Arabic poetry and visual art. She is interested in theories of visuality as well as experimental literary and artistic practices, feminist and postcolonial critiques of power, in addition to exile and displacement in the twentieth century. Dima is also an academic and literary translator between Arabic and English, and co-editor of the anthology, Arab Women Voice New Realities (2017).

Daniele Rugo is an award-winning filmmaker and professor of film at Brunel University London. His previous film, 'About a War' (2019, co-directed with Abi Weaver), explores social change through the stories of former militiamen from Lebanon’s civil war. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.