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Free Screening: Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

Film Program
University Theatre
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM (ET)

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

Free: Tickets Required (4 tickets max per person)

Tickets that have not been scanned by 6:15 p.m. may be released to other guests.

The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts is pleased to present a screening of Susan Youssef’s film Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf.

In Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, a teenager in Arkansas searches for identity in the headscarf and a motorcycle in the aftermath of her father's imprisonment. Set in 2006, the film explores the results of Arab and Muslim Americans being increasingly detained for "guilt by association.” The film links the civil rights struggle of Arab/Muslim Americans with that of African Americans through Marjoun's attendance of Central High School. It weaves her story into the lineage of the Little Rock Nine. This film is set also at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi. This Zen Buddhist monastery has been established in the tradition of the friendship of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, bringing together the themes of civil rights movements and interfaith practice. This is an expansion of the short film by the same title that was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

Susan Youssef
is the writer/director of two dramatic features, a documentary, and seven shorts that have been official selections of film festivals such as Venice, Toronto International, and Sundance, as well as have been programmed in museums including Tate Modern, New Museum, and Museum of Modern Art -­- New York. She is a Fulbright Fellow, Princess Grace Award Winner, and 21st Century Fox Director Fellow. Susan has been a Guest Speaker at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, the State Department, and many other institutions around the world. Prior to filmmaking, she was a schoolteacher and journalist in Beirut.

A discussion with Susan Youssef will follow after the film’s screening.


This event is graciously co-sponsored by: The College of Arts & Letters, The Honors College, The Strome Entrepreneurial Center, The Women’s Center, Student Engagement & Enrollment Services, The Department of English, The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, The Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, The Department of Women’s Studies. The Department of World Languages & Cultures, The Graduate Program in International Studies, The Institute for the Humanities, The Institute for Jewish Studies & Interfaith Understanding.

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf (2019)

Susan Youssef

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