Film and Media Studies Presents Award-Winning Movie

Posted: April 23, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Tuesday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m., the Film and Media Studies program will show The Silences of the Palace, an award-winning film from North Africa, in the Johnson Center Cinema. Admission is free.

Filmmaker Moufida Tlatli, the best-known female director in the Arab-speaking world, will be on hand to discuss the film after the screening. Following the screening and discussion, a reception will be held for Tlatli.

The Silences of the Palace received rave reviews when it was released in the U.S. in 1995 and won prizes at the Toronto, San Francisco, Istanbul, and Carthage film festivals. It is set in the palace in Tunis during the 1950s, when Tunisia was about to undergo its revolution. The film concentrates on the treatment of women during that period, and powerfully juxtaposes their yearning to be free from male oppression with the entire country’s aspiration to be free from French colonial rule.

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