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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 26, 2005

UI To Offer Series Of Arab, French Films

The University of Iowa's Institute for Cinema and Culture and UI International Programs are co-sponsoring two separate series of Arab and French films over the next few months. 

The Proseminar on Arab Cinema runs now through May 5, and the French Film Fest will be held in February. All screenings are free and open to the public and are being held in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building at the corner of Washington and Madison streets.

The Arab Cinema screenings began Jan. 20 and will continue to be held at 7 p.m. every Thursday through May 5, with the exception of March 17.

The French series begins Feb. 6 and continues Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. This series was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services division of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture and is cosponsored by the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, as well as the Institute for Cinema and Culture and International Programs.

Both the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Cinema and Culture are part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The schedules of the two series follow:

Proseminar on Arab Cinema

Jan. 27: "Salama is Fine" (Niyazi Mustafa, Egypt, 1937, 98 min.)

Feb. 3: "A Glass and a Cigarette" (Niyazi Mustafa, Egypt, 1955, 112 min.)

Feb. 10: "The Open Door" (Henri Barakat, Egypt, 1963, 105 min.)

Feb. 17: "The Land" (Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1969, 130 min., 35mm)

Feb. 24: "Alexandria, Why?" (Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1979, 133 min., 35mm)

March 3: "Chronicle of the Years of Embers" (M. Lakhdar-Hamina, Algeria, 1998, 105 min., 35mm)

March 10: "Living in Paradise" (Bourlem Guerdjou, Algeria, 1998, 105 min., 35mm)

March 24: "The Dupes" (Tawfik Saleh, Syria, 1972, 107 min., 35mm)

March 31: "Once Upon A Time, Beirut" (Jocelyne Saab, Lebanon, 1995, 104 min., 35mm)

April 7: "Measures Of Distance" (Mona Hatoum, Lebanon, 1988, 15 min.); "Beirut Palermo Beirut" (Mahmoud Hojeij, Lebanon, 1999, 17 min.); "This is Not Beirut" (Jayce Salloum, Lebanon, 1994, 48 min.); "The Sleep Of Reason" (Jalal Toufic, Lebanon, 2002, 32 min.)

April 14: "Wedding in Galilee" (Michel Khleifi, Palestine, 1987, 113 min., 35mm)

April 21: "Chronicle of a Disappearance" (Elia Suleiman, Palestine, 1997, 88 min.)

April 28: "The Milky Way" (Ali Nassar, Israel, 1997, 104 min., 35mm)

May 5: "Jenin Jenin" (Mohamed Bakri, Palestine, 2002, 54 min.)

French Film Fest

Feb. 6: 3 p.m., "Carnages", directed by Delphine Gleize, 35mm

Feb. 13: 3 p.m., "Hop", directed by Dominique Standaert

Feb. 20: 3 p.m., "La Trilogie 1 Cavale", directed by Lucas Belvaux, 35mm

Feb. 26: 7 p.m., "La Trilogie 2 Un Couple Epatant", 35mm

Feb. 27: 3 p.m., "La Trilogie 3 Après la Vie", 35mm

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you require accommodations to attend this event, or if you would like general information about either series, call the Institute for Cinema and Culture at 319-335-1348. For details on the Arab film series, email or For details about the French series, contact Rosalind Galt at 319-335-0326.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Risa Nakayama,