Middle East Studies

Film Screening | Leila and the Wolves (1984) | Cinema Ritrovato 11th Edition

Leila and the Wolves

Saturday, March 16, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center
154 Angell St.

About the Event
Please join the Italian Studies Department for a screening of Leila and the Wolves (Layla Wa Zi’ab) (1984) by Director Heiny Srour as part of the 11th edition of the Cinema Ritrovato.

About the Film

Weaving together memory, myth and archival materials, Layla Wa Zi’ab is a significant point of intersection between the militant and anti-colonial cinema of the pioneers of Tercer Cine and feminist historiography. Ignored and forgotten, the role of Arab women in the Middle East’s political history is illuminated here for the first time and is the focus of the film. The project was made all the more ambitious by the fact that Heiny Srour does not limit her examination to a specific historical period but captures sixty years of conflict. Using narrative structure of the “mosaic”, a common device in oriental stories, Leila travels through time: from the British Mandate of Palestine to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, participating in the insurrections of the 1920s, the revolution of 1936-1939 – during which women organized a wedding to transport weapons – and the massacre of the Palestinian village of Deir-Yassin.

Italian Title: Leila e i lupi
Director: Heiny Srour
Country: United Kingdom, Lebanon, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden
Language: In Arabic with English and Italian subtitles 
Running Time: 90'

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