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Exhibition Tour and Film Screening

Exhibition Tour: Arabic Cinema Posters

Tuesday, February 24, 12:15 p.m.

Near Eastern Curator Simon Samoeil will give a tour of "Arabic Cinema Posters," an exhibition on display in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library. The first Arabic film was produced in Egypt in 1923 and the Arab world boasts an active and prodigious film industry. Advertising films produced in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, the colorful and engaging posters offer unique insights on cinematic and social history in the Arab world.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot on the tour, write to: atYUL@yale.edu.

Film Screening: Adrift on the Nile (1971, 115 minutes, Arabic with subtitles)

Thursday, February 26, 2:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public

In Adrift on the Nile we meet a group of hedonistic middle-aged friends who gather each night on a luxurious houseboat for dancing, love-making, and smoking hashish. When a young reporter visits the houseboat to write a story on the group, she is outraged to learn the tragic depths of their social alienation.

Based on the novel by the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, this 1971 production offers a revealing look at the Egyptian elite on the eve of the 1967 War. By this time, Nasser had ushered in an age of enormous social change, leaving the sons and daughters of the old bourgeoisie high and dry.

Directed by Hussein Kamal, Adrift on the Nile features the atmospheric cinematography of Mostapha Emam and a delightful musical number.

(Please note that the film is two hours long. University employees should secure their supervisor’s permission to attend the screening. Arrangements to cover time may also be necessary.)