Thursday, September 13, 2012

Two weekend screenings show the Middle East on film (and a bonus)

This weekend has no shortage of interesting film screenings to attend on campus and in the DC area.

For starters, today is the second day of the United Arab Emirates Film Festival sponsored by the School of Communications. Two short films will screen tonight at the Greenberg Theater, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers led by Prof. Brigid Maher. The event begins at 6:15 PM tonight. Tickets are available on-site or online at

For those looking for lighter fare, American University Student Government will end Artemas Ward Week by showing Space Jam in the Amphitheater this Friday at 8 PM. If you haven't seen Space Jam, you're in for a treat: it's a movie where Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny play basketball together, and the director is known mostly for his Pepsi commercials. It's brain-dead, but that can be okay.

Finally, on Sunday, Busboys & Poets will screen Iara Lee's The Suffering Grasses, a documentary about the revolution in Syria and the lives of the civilians caught in the crossfire. This is material ripped from the headlines: Lee produced the film in May, which makes it possibly the most up-to-date documentary about the ongoing conflict. The film begins at 6 PM; no RSVP is required.

Surely there's something for everyone in there. You might even be interested in all three!

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