Film screening as part of the Visualizing the Sacred: Islam on Film series.
Directed by Youssef Chahine
After The Emigrant (1994) was met with official censorship for its on-screen depiction of the prophet Joseph, director Youssef Chahine responded to his critics head on in Destiny. From the life and thought of twelfth-century Islamic scholar Averroes, Chahine weaves a rousing potboiler of political and religious intrigue, peppered with romance and song, that doubles as a powerful assault on religious extremism, then and now.
Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef. Cast: Nour El-Sherif, Laila Eloui, Mahmoud Hemida. Presented in French and Arabic dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 135 min.
Visualizing the Sacred: Islam on Film
Since September 11, 2001, images of Islam in the mainstream American media have been virtually monolithic in their focus on terrorism and radicalism. At the same time, the on-going Danish cartoon controversy has sparked heated debate about the intersections of free speech and religious tradition, representation and tolerance. The films in this series offer a timely counterpoint to prevailing media trends as well as stirring examples of how filmmakers from around the world have grappled with some of the unique challenges of representing Islamic history, faith and practice on screen.
Whether addressing the contemporary struggle to maintain belief in a rapidly changing world or seeking ways to visualize the ineffable experience of the divine -as well as the divine itself - these recent and classic works, alike, explore the deeply human joys and complexities of Muslim faith and identity as viewed from a diverse range of cultural contexts and genres. Islam is not only the subject of these films, it is their inspiration.
Cost: Advance tickets - $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu, $9, general admission; $8, Cineclub members, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID
Parking - After 6 p.m., $3 in the lot under the theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.
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