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
ÂTimely 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 filmÂs subjects were
born, and Israel, where they now live. Screened in LocarnoÂs
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.Â
ÂVariety (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 AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the cityÂs 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. www.calstatela.edu
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