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Mar. 1, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
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For immediate release:

Cal State L.A. Presents Screening and Discussion of Award-winning Documentary Forget Baghdad

What: The Cross Cultural Centers at California State University, Los Angeles to present the award- & Who: winning documentary, Forget Baghdad, directed by Iraqi-Swiss filmmaker Samir Naqqash and featuring Iraqi-Israeli-American film scholar Ella Shohat. The new and compelling film is about Arab-Jewish cultural relations and explores colonial partitions, postcolonial displacement, and exile and belonging. Following the film screening, Ella Shohat will be available to discuss the documentary.

When: Monday, April 11, 2005, 4 p.m.

Where: Cal State L.A. Golden Eagle Ballroom. The University is located at the Eastern Ave. exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available in Lots C and G, or the top level of North Parking Structure II.

More: Film scholar Ella Shohat is professor of cultural studies at New York University. She has lectured and published extensively on the intersection of gender, post-colonialism, and multiculturalism as well as on Zionist discourse. Her award-winning publications include Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation, Unthinking Eurocentrism, Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives, and Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age. Her writing has been translated into several languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Polish and Turkish.

“Timely and thought-provoking, if a bit rambling, Forget Baghdad takes a painfully ironic look at five Arab Jews caught up in a violent cultural identity clash. It casts a cold light on racial intolerance in Iraq, where four of the film’s subjects were born, and Israel, where they now live. Screened in Locarno’s Critics Week with an English voiceover and subtitles, this eye-opening doc is sure to provoke discussion at specialized venues, colleges and TV stations searching for topical material.” –Variety (USA), Deborah Young

Info: Free to the public. This special screening is cosponsored by the CSULA English Department, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexualities, and the Rockefeller Humanities Grant. For more information, call the Cross Cultural Centers at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-5001.

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction.

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