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The Dream of Shahrazad

The Dream of Shahrazad
2 Sussex Avenue, Innis Town Hall
Time: Jan 21st, 6:30 pm End: Jan 21st, 10:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Cinema, 2000-
Film screening, discussion with director Francois Verster

The JHI Research Community, Aesthetic Encounters: A South-North Dialogue is pleased to present

The Dream of Shahrazad (directed by François Verster)

A film screening followed by discussion with the director


THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD is a feature-length documentary film which locates political expression before, during and after the Egyptian revolution – and also within recent times in Turkey and Lebanon – within a broader historical and cultural framework: that of storytelling and music.  More particularly, it looks at the legacy of the famous collection of stories known as THE 1001 (OR “ARABIAN”) NIGHTS.

Using the metaphor of Shahrazad – the princess in the NIGHTS who saves lives by telling stories to the murderous Sultan Shahriyar – and filmed before, during and after the so-called “Arab Spring”, it weaves together a web of music, politics and storytelling to explore the ways in which creativity and political articulation coincide in response to oppression. A series of unforgettable characters all draw their inspiration from the NIGHTS and, like Shahrazad, put creativity to new political use…

South African documentary filmmaker Francois Verster’s films have all won local and international awards, including a 2006 Emmy, and include WHEN THE WAR IS OVER, THE MOTHERS’ HOUSE, A LION’S TRAIL, SEA POINT DAYS and THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD.  He has taught documentary at Columbia U, New York U, U of Cape Town, U of the Witwatersrand and more, and has published in various journals and anthologies.  He currently teaches a postgraduate course at the U of the Western Cape. He has appeared on various festival juries and has had nine festival retrospectives or special focus series on his work, most recently at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Jackman Humanities Institute at (416) 946-0313.

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