WHAT: Tarab NYC presents A GLASS AND A CIGARETTE (1945. Egypt. 112 min. Directed by Niazi Mostafa.)
WHEN: Monday, August 14, 8PM
WHERE: IFC Center – 323 6th Ave at W. 3rd St.
The 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!
This Monday, join us for a captivating classic from the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema, Tarab NYC presents Cigara w Kas at IFC for Queer|Art|Film at IFC. The film features several of the era’s brightest stars, including Samia Gamal who plays a woman transitioning from bellydance stardom to domestic bliss.
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.
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Also don’t forget we are hosting an Eid al Adha Dinner at the LGBT Center on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Register Today – Tickets Will Go Quick!
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