Great Conversations: Tahrir - An Epicenter of the Arab Consciousness with Actor Khaled Abol Naga

Tue, May 10, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Screening of Footage to be followed by a Discussion with Professor Joseph Massad

Free and Open to the Public

Egyptian actor and film maker Khaled Abol Naga was one of the millions who gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square during the January 25th revolution. In this public presentation, Khaled Abol Naga will share his experiences of those momentous days, where he filmed rare, unreleased footage for his upcoming documentary TAHRIR el TAHRIR, as well as his reflections on the transformations currently unfolding in the Arab world and beyond.

Khaled Abol Naga is one of the leading actors in Egypt and the Arab world. Among his critically acclaimed films are Mowaten we Mokhber we Haramy (Citizen, Detective and Thief) 2001, Sahar El Layali (Sleepless Nights) 2003, for which he was awarded Best Actor at the Damascus International Film Festival and in Paris from the Institute du Monde Arabe film festival. He also won the Egyptian Oscar in 2004. His films Yom El Karama (Dignity Day), Hob El Banat (Girl’s Love), Harb Italia (Italian War), Malek wa Ketaba (Heads and Tails), and Banat West El Balad (Downtown Girls) were released in 2005. In 2006, he starred in The Game of Love and Civic Duty. In 2007 and 2008, his work in Kashf Hesab gained much critical attention. He also acted in an action thriller drama for the first time in Agamista, and in the comedy Habibi Naeman (Sleepy Lover). In 2009, he appeared in Wahd Safer (One-Zero), Heliopolis, and in Microphone in 2010.

Abol Naga is a juror in many international film festivals and in addition to his work for stage and film, he is an activist for children's and human rights, and has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007. He has also hosted local and pan-Arab television and radio talk shows since 1999.

Joseph A. Massad is associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University. He is the author of Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians and Desiring Arabs.

Great Conversation is a series that invites thinkers to choose people from other disciplines who are of intellectual and inspirational interest to them in an attempt to enlarge the scope of our understanding of the production of knowledge. The series is meant to offer a paradigm of comparative experiences, where other forms of knowledge can better enrich consciousness of the self.

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