Join us for the final film in our “Summer of Resistance” series — a very special season of Queer|Art|Film featuring films selected by activists and politically engaged collectives. Our special guest host for the evening is novelist, playwright, historian and lesbian rights activist (and Multi-year QAM Mentor), Sarah Schulman, who will moderate the Q&A alongside QAF co-curator Adam Baran.
WHAT: Tarab NYC presents A GLASS AND A CIGARETTE
WHEN: Monday, August 14, 8PM
WHERE: IFC Center — 323 6th Ave at W. 3rd St.
A GLASS AND A CIGARETTE
1945. Egypt. 112 min. Directed by Niazi Mostafa.
We wrap up our Summer season with a captivating classic from the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema. Tonight’s presenter is Tarab NYC whose mission is to foster an inclusive and safe community for queer Arab and MENA people. A Glass and a Cigarette features several of the era’s brightest stars, including Samia Gamal who plays a woman transitioning from bellydance stardom to domestic bliss. For Tarab NYC this film is a perfect fit for QAF, as it takes “careful consideration of gender in relation to class, career, and performativities of sexual availability.”
As always, our screening will be followed by drinks and discussion at Julius Bar (159 West 10th St. at Waverly), the oldest gay bar in New York City!
Tarab NYC, a non-profit, fosters an inclusive and safe community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and/or gender non-conforming Arab, Middle Eastern, and/or North African people in the greater New York City area.
TARAB NYC ON A GLASS AND A CIGARETTE
We selected this film because of its careful consideration of gender in relation to class, career, and performativities of sexual availability. Samia Gamal's casting as a woman transitioning from public bellydance stardom to private domestic bliss, and struggling with the expectations and demands of that «bliss,» ties every bit with the 1952 Free Officers Revolution that took place three years before the film's release. The failed expectations of a modernizing revolution, coupled with the dancer-turned-housewife's turn to addiction, symbolize the bodily precarity experienced when a feminized body attempts to reap the benefits of heteronormativity, only to find that its returns are either forever deferred or never fulfilling.
SUMMER OF RESISTANCE
“Summer of Resistance” is a very special season of Queer|Art|Film featuring films selected by activists and politically engaged collectives. In a time of political upheaval, our guests are individuals who refuse to be silent and complacent, and instead are committed to organizing and creating change for the communities they serve. For these four summer nights, we will use cinema as a jumping off point for lively post screening discussions that will challenge the way we see. Most importantly, we will come together as a community and strengthen our resolve to act and give depth to our resistance.
Queer/Art/Film is presented by HBO