March 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Film: ‘Wadjda,’ March 23


The Middle East and North Africa Film Series presents Wadjda on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Baker Center 231.

Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish

Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish

This film (directed by Haifaa al-Mansour) tells the story of an 11-year-old Saudi girl living in the capital of the kingdom, Riyadh. Weaving together the politics of class, gender, and religion, the film challenges reductionist understandings of life in Saudi Arabia by highlighting the everyday experiences of this girl and her small neighborhood. This film won the Interfilm Award at the Venice Film Festival.

The film is preceded by a brief introduction from Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor of Middle East History.

Upcoming Spring 2015 Events Screenings

The schedule for the Spring 2015 OHIO Middle East and North Africa Film Series follows. All screenings will take place in Baker Center 231 at 6:30 p.m..

Monday, March 30: Taxi to the Dark Side

[On Afghanistan and Iraq: Documentary, 106 minutes, Directed by Alex Gibney, 2009]

This film takes off from an investigation into the killing of an Afghani taxi driver at the hands of US interrogators. The investigation, featuring former US interrogators, military prison guards, and–most importantly–families and friends of those detained, exposes a broader network and practice of secret detention, torture, corruption, and cover up, linking Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram Air Base. This film won Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

Monday, April 13: The Blue Wave (Mavi Dalga)

[On Turkey: Feature, 97 minutes, Directed by Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan, 2014]

A feminist perspective on the story of adolescence in a small Turkish city told through the lens of a teenage girl considering her options for university.

For More Information

For more information, contact Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor of History, at

This film series is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Classics and World Religions, the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the African Studies Program, and the Islamic Studies Certificate Program at Ohio University, in collaboration with the Arab Studies Institute (ASI).

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