Lecture: Sexual Personae in Arab Cinema

Mon, December 18, 2006 7:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts Presents

A Lecture by

Louay Khraish Sexual Personae in Arab Cinema

Monday, December 18, 2006, 7:30 PM Open and free to the public

There is a preconceived notion that Arab culture is nothing but a conservative and closed one where censorship is rampant and freedoms of speech and expression are curtailed, especially in regards to sex. However, examining Arab cinema reveals that the topic of sex and sexuality are prevalent. Arab filmmakers are often defiant of social and legal obstacles and thoroughly explore a plethora of sexual taboo even though Arab society does not usually allow itself to discuss these issues openly in real life. On the other hand, Arab filmmakers, especially male filmmakers, like their western counterparts, are also guilty of catering to the male gaze and of making the woman the object of sexual desire. The lecture will give an overview of sexual personae in Arab cinema from the industry's development to the present.

Louay Khraish was born, raised and received his primary education in his native Lebanon. He earned his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas and his master's in Media Studies from the New School in New York. He is currently writing a novel and working toward his Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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