Directed by British filmmaker Roxana Vilk, Poets of Protest is a film that reflects the poets' view of the changes sweeping the Middle East through its intimate profiles of six contemporary writersdetailing their political and artistic struggles, and their work, as well as beautifully filmed visual interpretations of the poems.
This program, which is co-sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex and Facets, is part of the Applied Words series, which draws attention to the plight of exiled authors and celebrates a global literature. These screenings will be followed by powerful readings from poet-writers Manal Al-Sheikh (Iraq) and Mazen Maarouf (Palestine/Lebanon)both featured in Poets of Protestwho are currently living in Scandinavia after being exiled from their home countries. Total running time: 50 mins. There will be a reading for the authors in between each segment (25 mins.), and a Q&A at the end.
This program is generously supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund. It is co-sponsored by Facets Multi-Media, Al Jazeera, Words Without Borders, and HotHouse.