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Screening of film about leaders in Arab world set for Oct. 12 at UPEI

Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, react in Tahrir Square in Cairo in this July 3, 2013 file picture. To match Special Report EGYPT-PROTESTS/DOWNFALL REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) --- Image by © SUHAIB SALEM/Reuters/Corbis
Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, react in Tahrir Square in Cairo in this July 3, 2013 file picture. To match Special Report EGYPT-PROTESTS/DOWNFALL REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) --- Image by © SUHAIB SALEM/Reuters/Corbis

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – UPEI’s Department of History and the Faculty of Arts will present the documentary film “Nasser’s Republic, the Making of Modern Egypt” at a screening on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.

“Nasser’s Republic” is the first film for North Americans to focus on Gamal Abdel Nasser, one of the Arab world’s most transformative and controversial leaders. In 1952, as an unknown young Egyptian colonel, Nasser led a coup that became a revolution. Over the next 18 years, he reshaped the Arab world, facing deep divisions among the Arabs and emerging as a titanic figure – a champion of Arab progress and African liberation.

But instead of offering democracy, he established the region’s first and much emulated military authoritarian regime.

Nasser, a charismatic man with ambition, became caught in the coils of his own power, dying at 52 with his revolution uncompleted. The Arab Spring and its aftermath are his legacy.

Director Michal Goldman will be on hand to present the film and field questions after the screening at UPEI.

Goldman, an American documentary filmmaker, took interest in Egypt in the 1990s when she lived in Cairo for several years to produce her film, “Umm Kulthem, A Voice Like Egypt.” Several of her films have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Her love for P.E.I. dates back to 1970, when her parents bought a small farm in Mermaid.

The screening will be held in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, room 242 of Don and Marion McDougall Hall on the UPEI campus.

 

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