Winter Quarter 2011 Films
Cup of Culture
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat yet remain virtually unknown to the world. Julia Bacha, 82 min., English, 2010, USA.
Maher Hathout, Nuha Khoury, and Edward Linenthal
The battle over plans to build a Muslim religious center near ground zero has thrown into sharp relief anti-Muslim rhetoric that contradicts American values of religious tolerance. This panel will explore the origin of these sentiments in the context of ground zero as an emotionally-charged memorial space, and the exploitation of this history for political and ideological purposes. Maher Hathout is a Senior Advisor at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Los Angeles; Nuha Khoury, is a professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at UCSB; and Edward Linenthal is professor of History at the University of Indiana. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies; the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center's Geographies of Place series; and the Walter Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life.