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Al-massir (Destiny) screening
Sunday, April 21, 2019 @ 18:00–20:15
The Dryden will screen Al-massir (Destiny, Youssef Chahine, Egypt/France 1997, 135 min., 35mm, Arabic and French w/subtitles) as part of the Salam series.
The true story of the great philosopher Averroes, whose commentaries on Aristotle are fundamental to our current understanding of the latter's writings. In twelfth-century Andalusia, the south of Spain, Averroes is appointed a judge, but his rulings and writings are the target of a growing movement. His loyal band of students and followers vow to keep his teachings alive, but when the caliph who appointed him dies, his position becomes vulnerable. Filmed in Lebanon and Syria, and directed by arguably the greatest Egyptian director, this wonderful epic utilizes occasional musical interludes to punctuate the story of a man who deserves to be recognized and remembered.
[source: George Eastman Museum calendar, 2019-Apr-15]