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In Bed Together: Coexistence in Togo Mizrahi’s Alexandria Films
November 6, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pmFree
Professor Deborah Starr of Cornell University will address how Mizrahi’s 1930s farces queer both gender and ethno-religious identities in two films, al-Duktur Farhat (Doctor Farahat, 1935) and al-Izz Bahdala (Mistreated By Affluence, 1937), destabilizing prevailing notions of gender and communal identities in 1930s Egypt. She will also argue that these films, by extension, comment upon emerging middle class assumptions about modernity and the nation. The Center is pleased to co-sponsor this academic lecture which is hosted by Asian Studies and also co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East & Muslim Civilizations.