Lecture | LUCIS What's New?! Series
Revolutionary Parents: Intimate Cultural Memories of the Arab Left
- Thursday 21 April 2022
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- What's New?! Spring Lecture Series 2022
2311 BD Leiden
As part of her VENI project Remembering Dissent and Disillusion in the Arab World Judith Naeff looks at the ways in which video art and documentaries transmit memories of leftist movements and ideologies as part of intimate family histories. Marwan Hamdan's Separation Anxiety, which was screened at leiden University on 11 March, Mohamed Rashad's Little Eagles, Ahmad Ghossein's My father is still a communist, Namir Abdel Messeeh's Toi Waguih Urok Shirhan's Communist Parents, and Rami Nihawi's Yamo all deal with leftist parents in Egypt and Lebanon. This lecture is particularly interested in the dialogic format of these films. How do children address their parents about their political past and how do parents speak back? What do the filmmakers' questions tell us about the political present from which they look back upon a past they have not lived?
About Judith Naeff
Judith Naeff is Assistant Professor Cultures of the Middle East at Leiden University with a main interest in contemporary Arabic visual culture and literature. Based upon her PhD project on urban imaginaries of Beirut, she published Precarious Imaginaries of Beirut in 2008. Since 2020, she has been working on her NWO VENI project Remembering Dissent and Disillusion in the Arab World.