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Oct. 10, 2006

Sa'adeh Introduces His Palestinian Cinema In IWP Event Oct. 22

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present Palestinian participant Mazen Sa'adeh as both film writer/director and actor at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

Sa'adeh's appearance, part of the IWP's Cinemateque series, will be free and open to the public.

The event, co-sponsored by the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture, will feature "The Olive Harvest," the 2003 U.S./Palestinian co-production in which Sa'adeh plays a role, and clips from his documentary "My Friend, My Enemy," about friendships between Palestinian and Israeli women. Linda Mokdad, a doctoral candidate from the Dept of Cinema and Comparative Literature specializing in Arabic-language cinema, will co-host the evening.

Sa'adeh began his writing career as a novelist, but during the last decade he has also become an award-winning playwright/screenwriter. In addition to "My Friend, My Enemy," he has recently directed "The Guardian of Boredom."

In 2004 he co-founded the Open Workshop for Culture and the Arts in Palestine, an organization that encourages cultural exchange between Palestine and the global community through art. Earlier this year he co-founded Ishkal, a collective designed to promote young artists. He is participating in the IWP through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Sa'adeh is one of 29 writers, representing 22 countries, in residence this fall at the IWP. Biographies of all the writers are accessible on the IWP website, Read a more extensive story about Sa'adeh's experiences at

The Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature is a part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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