This unconventional romance follows the post-war adventures of Joan Webster, an ambitious and stubborn middle-class Englishwoman determined to fulfil her goal of marrying a wealthy industrialist on the Western Isles of Scotland. This black-and-white classic is perhaps the most captivating of Powell and Pressburger's films, combining exquisite photography, a fascination with the local culture and a sequence celebrating the Scottish Gaelic language. Directors: Michael Powell and Emric Pressburger UK, 1945, 91 mins Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London.
Filmed over three years, this feature-length documentary tells the story of Egypt's struggle with democracy through the lives of a small community of artists striving to maintain their ancient art form. With unprecedented access to tentmakers in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, the film offers a personal insight into the impact the Arab Spring uprisings had upon individuals, communities and livelihoods. Director: Kim Beamish Australia/Egypt, 2015, 100 mins, Cert.
Thursday 4 February 2016, 14.00 Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members £2
Narrated by the late Omar Sharif, this documentary examines the extraordinary life of the world’s most famous Arabic singer, Umm Kulthum (1898–1975). Her rags to riches tale is discussed alongside Egypt’s epic struggle to shake off colonial rule and confront modernity. Director: Michael Goldman Egypt/USA, 1996, 67 mins, Cert. TBC