"Habibi" Screening

“Habibi” Screening at University of Redlands

 The film screening will include a Q&A session with the writer, director and producer of “Habibi”, Susan Youssef

REDLANDS, Nov. 5, 2012 – A screening of the film “Habibi” ,written and directed by Susan Youssef, is open to the public on November 14 at the Orton Center at the University of Redlands campus. The film is an official selection for the 2011 Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival and has also landed Youssef in Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces” to watch for in 2010.

The film depicts the lives of two students in the West Bank of Israel who are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love must defy tradition. Set in Gaza in 2001, the film is a modern adaptation of the Arabic love story, “Majnun Layla.”

“Habibi” is a film that challenges prejudices and works to advocate for universal human rights as it challenges stereotypes of the oppressed Arab woman both on and off screen. The film also works to disprove the notion that the Arab world is a place of violence, as Youssef utilizes the cultural beauty, history and diversity of the Arab world throughout the film.

The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Screening of the film “Habibi”
Q&A session with Writer, Director and Producer Susan Youssef

WHERE: University of Redlands, Orton Center
1200 East Colton Ave., Redlands, CA 92373

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.

Media Contact:
Patty Zurita
(909) 748-8070

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