The full audio of the interview will be posted on Tuesday, May 5th,
A conversation with young Pakistani-American playwright Wahajat Ali and his producer and Pre-eminent literary figure, Ishmael Reed, about the play The Domestic Crusaders
A conversation with Michel Shehadeabout the May 7th screening of “Salt of This Sea”, a sneak preview benefit for the 13th Annual Arab Film Festival. The screening will be at 7 PM at California Theater located at 2113 Kittredge Street in Berkeley.
Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – April 29, 2009 at 7:00pm
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Commemorating the 94th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
- Conversation with Matthew Jendian,Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Fresno, as well asStephan Astourian, Executive Director of the Armenian Studies Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Armenian Students Association at UC Berkeley will be commemorating the Armenian Genocide by holding a series of events at on the campus during the week.
- A conversation with Benjamin Gilmour about his debut film “ Son of a Lion” that will be screened in this year’s SF Film Festival. The festival is scheduled to start on April 23.
Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – April 22, 2009 at 7:00pm
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Dr. Renée Dreyfus, Curator in Charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation at Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco about a rare Achaemenid Persian relief that recently became part of the museum’s permanent collection. An all-day symposium celebrates this recent ancient art acquisition on Saturday, April 25, 2009.
In this week’s program, Shahram Aghamir speaks with Imran Aslam, veteran Pakistani journalist and president of Geo TV, Pakistan’
s premier television news channel, as well as Kamran Ali, Associate Professor Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Austin in Texas. Imran Aslam and Kamran Ali discuss the U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as the role of regional players such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and India in the war in Afghanistan.
Later in the program, a conversation with veteran journalist and activist Henry Norr evaluates Congress woman Barbra Lee’
s position with respect to issues such as Palestine/Israel and police brutality at home.
In this week’s program, we mark the 6th anniversary of the full-scale invasion and occupation of Iraq. Shahram Aghamir speaks to independent journalist Dahr Jamail and Nabil Al-Takriti, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington.
Later in the program, Sanaz Meshkinpour and Shuka Kalantari take us through the tradition of NoRouz that starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, when the sun crosses the equator and winter ends. Scroll to the bottom of the page to for a short video of the event, produced by Kiazad Ehya.
Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran offers diverse representations by women filmmakers, documentarists and artists about a broad spectrum of concerns of various forms and contents. Through these different formats, the program highlights the often-invisible threads that exist between fiction, documentary, and how they all share and integrate specific concerns and discourses about contemporary reality in the Middle East and its diasporas. The selection criteria for this program seeks to recognize works that are deserving of being part of the international cinematic canon–films such as The Silences of the Palace, and La Nouba des Femmes du Mont-Chenoua. What makes many of these works outstanding is a particular ‘female gaze’; a strong sense of empathy or engagement is brought by directors to their subjects, whilst remaining at a critical juncture and not necessarily romanticizing the ‘woman’s voice’ as so many curated programs have in the past.
March 7 to April 29, 2009 – Berkeley, CA University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive screening of “The Silences of the Palace” (March 7), “Salata Baladi” (March 12), “I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave” (March 22), “Memories of Immigration” (March 21), “Inch’Allah Sunday” (March 21), “Journey to the Sun” (April 3), “A Door to the Sky” (April 10), “Measures of Distance” (April 12), “The Kite” (April 12), “Replay” (April 12), “3494 Houses and 1 Fence” (April 12), “The Kite” (April 12) and “Persepolis” (April 29)
In this week’s program, Khalil Bendib speaks with History Professor Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University about his new book “When and Why the Jewish People was invented.”
a surprising best seller in Israel which challenges the conventional wisdom according to which today’s Jews are a national group with a biological connection to the original Jews of Judea and Israel 2000 years ago.
Later in the program, Dr. Alan Mikhail is in conversation with Professor Roger Allen about the work of the great Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih who passed away on February 18th a month ago. Tayeb Salih was one of the most respected Arab novelists of the 20th century.
And before we close, our regular commentator, the Prez in the Fez, weighs in on the subject of our first Latino president, Barack Obama. (You heard right, our first Latino president.)
Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – March 25, 2009 at 7:00pm
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Ali Abunimah, co-founder and director of the publication The Electronic Intifada, talks about his new book, "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" and Rachel Rosen talks about Middle Eastern films at the International Film Festival.
The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin speaks about varying levels of aggression facing Palestinian soccer players at home and abroad, and Medea Benjamin from Code Pink discusses her rough treatment in Cairo on her way to Gaza.