International Lens: The Yacoubian Building 

Cairo Confidential

Cairo Confidential
Alaa Al Aswani’s 2002 novel, set in the famous Cairo apartment complex built in the 1930s that housed the city’s elite, was the biggest-selling Arabic-language book for two years running—a microcosm of contemporary Egypt spanning class prejudice, gender conflict, political corruption, Islamic fanaticism and taboo homosexuality. Loaded with the country’s A-list actors, the 2006 movie version, one of the most expensive productions ever undertaken in Egypt, was just as huge a success; it launches the spring semester of Vanderbilt’s “International Lens” film series, free and open to the public. In Arabic, French and English with subtitles, the film is presented by Claire Sisco King, Vanderbilt assistant professor of communication studies.
Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m., 2010

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