September 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

‘Travel Ban’ Countries Film Series Presents | Men in the Arena, Sept. 13


Men in the Arena title slide, showing two men walking into sunset

The Ohio University community is invited to a screening of Men in the Arena, as part of the 2017-18 “Travel Ban” Countries Film Series, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Seigfred 401.

The event features introductory comments by Dr. Steve Howard, who will also moderate a brief Q&A after the screening. Directed by J. R. Biersmith (2017), this documentary highlights the stories of Saadiq Mohammed and Sa’ad Hussein, as they come of age in Somalia. For these men, soccer is their passion, profession, and the only pathway they seem to find for a more hopeful future.

This screening represents the Somalia installment of the 2017-18 “Travel Ban” Countries Film Series. The event is organized by the Middle East and North Africa Studies and Islamic Studies certificate programs. It is co-sponsored with the departments of History, Classics & World Religions, and Political Science, the African Studies Program, the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture, the Contemporary History Institute, the War and Peace Theme, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies at Ohio University.

Upcoming Fall 2017 Screening Events

The schedule for the Fall 2017 half of the “Travel Ban” Countries Film Series follows. All screenings will take place in Seigfred 401 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 3: The Devil Came on Horseback
[On Sudan: Documentary, 85 minutes, Directed by Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg, 2007]

This film highlights the conditions in Darfur, Sudan and the forms of structural and other violence that underpin the relationship between the people of Darfur and the Sudanese government.  The screening will be accompanied by commentary from Dr. Steve Howard.

Wednesday, Nov. 29: A Separation
[On Iran: Feature, 85 minutes, Directed by Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg, 2007]

This film narrates the story of a couple as the negotiate their relationship, their everyday lives, and legal system of their society. The screening will be accompanied by commentary from Dr. Loren Lybarger, Associate Professor of Classics & World Religions.

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