CUNY PSC (Professional Staff Congress) is presenting One Zero (2009) as part of its film festival on Islamaphobia. The event is open to the public and a $2 donation is requested. If there's interest, we can arrange a dinner or drinks either before or after the movie (please give your input in the Comments section).
A brief synopsis of One-Zero:
Set in Cairo on the eve of an important soccer match, One-Zero interweaves stories of Cairo inhabitants from various walks of life, including a Coptic woman seeking a divorce, a valet who lives in a working-class neighborhood where he deals hashish, a beautician, an emerging pop star, a hairstylist, and an alcoholic talk show host. The film explores a mosaic of morals and conventions across class, gender, and religious conventions in contemporary Egyptian culture. The narrative of One-Zero presents a vision that attempts to assert itself on an equal footing with, even counter to the predominantly patriarchal and nationalist narrative that aspires to bring the nation together.