Center for Emerging Worlds hosts screenings of films on global Islam

stacked pallets in flim still
A still from the film Dernier Maquis, in which a Muslim boss, Mao, owns a company in a rundown French industrial park that specializes in repairing trucks and pallets. He decides to open a mosque and designates the imam without consulting the workforce. (Photo courtesty of Sarrazink Productions)

The UC Santa Cruz Center for Emerging Worlds presents two nights of film and video on the theme of global Islam, Friday and Saturday, May 29, 30 at the Film and Digital Media Department on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

The program is part of a academic year focus on global Islam. Screenings will take place in Room 150, Studio C, in the Communications building. There is no charge for attendance and the public is invited.

Friday, May 29, 4-5:30 p.m. – Videos by Mounir Fatmi: Mixology (2010), Technologia (2010), and Rain Making (2004). Discussion will follow with Tarek El Haik, assistant professor of cinema at San Francisco State University, and Peter Limbrick, associate professor, film and digital media, UC Santa Cruz.

7-9 p.m. – Feature film: Dernier Maquis/Aden, directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche (France, 2008). Discussion with Mayanthi Fernando, associate professor, anthropology, UC Santa Cruz, and Peter Limbrick.

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Film screening: New Muslim Cool, directed by Jennifer Maytorena-Taylor, assistant professor, social documentation, UC Santa Cruz, (2009); screening and discussion with the director.

1:30-3:30 p.m. – Videos by Monira Al-Qadiri featuring Abu Athiyya (Father of Pain) (2013), Behind the Sun (2013), Prism (2007-ongoing); discussion with the director

4-6 p.m. – Film screening: Descending with Angels, directed by Christian Suhr (Denmark, 2013) Discussion with the director and Mayanthi Fernando.

The event is co-sponsored by the department of Film and Digital Media and the Office of Student Affairs.