The 2017-2018 “Travel Ban” Countries Film Series will hold its first screening on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30pm in Seigfred Hall Room 401. The screening will be of Men in the Arena, which represents the Somalia installment of the series. Directed by J. R. Biersmith (2017), this documentary highlights the stories of Saadiq Mohammed and Sa’ad Xussien, as they come of age in Somalia. For these men, soccer is their passion, profession, and the only pathway they seem to find for a more hopeful future. The event will feature introductory comments by MDIA’s Dr. Steve Howard, who will also moderate the brief Q&A after the screening.
The event is organized by the Middle East and North Africa Studies and Islamic Studies certificate programs, and co-sponsored with the Departments of History, Classics and World Religions, and Political Science, the African Studies Program, the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture, the Contemporary History Institute, the War and Peace Theme, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies at Ohio University. There will be additional screenings on October 3rd and November 29th.