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This edition: Destiny (Aka: "El Massir")

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Episode Details

(1997/Egypt, 135 min., color, drama) Director: Youseff Chahine. Cast: Nour el-Sherif, Laila Eloui, Hani Salama, Khaled El Nabaoui. In 12th century Arab-ruled Andalusia, the philosopher Averroes is appointed Grand Judge, but his liberal teachings inflame the Caliph’s fanatical Islamic political rivals who force the philosopher into exile. But his teachings inspire a host of young followers. In arabic with English subtitles.

Discussion with Hamid Dabashi follows the film.

Guest List

Prof. Jerry Carlson Professor of film studies, City College of New York

Hamid Dabashi Associate Professor of Middle East and Asian Languages and Culture , Columbia University