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Meydan Middle East Film Series at DU


[Square, Field, Plaza, Open Space, Public Gathering Place]


Middle East Film Series at DU
Reiman Theatre—Margery Reed Hall
(SW corner of Evans & University)
Parking information can be found here


About Meydan

Meydan: Middle East Film Series at DU is an invitation to engage with the Middle East on the level of culture and everyday life through the region's extraordinary cinema. Every other Friday night, we present a fascinating film from the Middle East followed by an informal discussion with a scholar of the region — all free of charge and open to the general public.
In Arabic, Turkish, and Persian alike, meydan means square, field, plaza, open space, or public gathering place. The term has deep symbolic significance in the cultural and political geography of the region, embodied in such vital and contested spaces as Cairo's Meydan al-Tahrir (Tahrir Square), Istanbul's Taksim Meydanı (Taksim Square), and Tehran's Meydan-e Azadi (Azadi Square).
Following each screening, one of the two curators of the series will lead a discussion and answer audience questions.

We strive to create unique and intellectually stimulating events for the entire community. We would love community support to keep this film series going. To contribute, please follow this link and put "Meydan film series" in the comment section. 

About the Curators 

Joel Gordon

joel Joel Gordon is Professor of Modern Middle East History and Popular Culture at the University of Arkansas and the former Director of the university's King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies. He is the author of Nasser: Hero of the Arab Nation  (2006), Revolutionary Melodrama: Popular Film and Civic Identity in Nasser's Egypt (2002) and Nasser's Blessed Movement: Egypt's Free Officers and the July Revolution (first published in 1992, reissued in 2016). He is a political and cultural historian of modern Egypt and the Middle East. He teaches and writes about political change, intersections of popular and public culture, historical memory and nostalgia, and religious and secular crosscurrents, with emphases on cinema, music and mass media. He is the host of Nadi Cinema, the Middle East Film Club at the University of Arkansas, and is a Research Affiliate of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
Carole Woodall

Carole Woodall is Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and is a Research Affiliate of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Her scholarship focuses on the interplay between urban space and cultural practices and its effect upon the formation of modern identities in the late-Ottoman and early Turkish republican periods. She is currently completing a book titled The Decadent Modern: Cocaine, Jazz, and the Charleston in 1920s Istanbul. She is the Executive Curator of the Intersections Film Festival, which provides innovative programming around contemporary political, social, and cultural themes related to the Middle East.


Journey to the SunFriday, February 15 at 7:30 PM

Günese Yolculuk (Journey to the Sun)

Sie International Relations Complex Room 1020 (The Forum)
2201 S. Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80210

Directed by Yesim Ustaoglu

(1999, Turkey)

Post-Film Discussant: Carole Woodall

Mehmet, a young Turkish man from the village of Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is mistaken for a Kurd, imprisoned, and brutally beaten. Upon his release a week later, he becomes an outcast marked as a Kurd, losing his apartment, his job, and eventually his girlfriend. When a Kurdish friend, Berzan, is killed in a street protest, Mehmet takes a trek to return the body to Berzan's home village near the Iraqi border, and learns why so many Kurds are refugees. Turkish w/English subtitles (104 minutes) See trailer

past films

October 26, 2018

September 21, 2018

April 20, 2018

March 16, 2018

February 16, 2018
Damascus with Love

January 19, 2018
Under the Shadow 

December 8, 2017
A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral

November 10, 2017
The Herd (Sürü)

October 20, 2017

September 29, 2017
Hasan and Marcos

May 12, 2017
Under the Moonlight

April 14, 2017
Vizontele Tuuba

March 10, 2017
Zaman: Man from the Reeds

February 24, 2017

January 27, 2017
Free Men

September 30, 2016
Winter of Discontent

October 14, 2016
My Father & My Son

October 28, 2016
Taste of Cherry

November 11, 2016
Here Comes the Rain

December 2, 2016
The Bandit