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|Date||Wednesday May 12|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
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Film evenings begin with optional potluck refreshments and social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion after the film.
By Youssef Chahine
This spectacular film delivers a strong message against religious intolerance. It's the story of Averroes, the famous philosopher and scientist who lived in 12th century Andalusia -- a land torn between religious and political intolerance. It's the story of the struggle between the rational secular and the fanatical orthodox. It's set in 12th century Andalusia but could just as well be set in any contemporary society today. Egyptian director Youssef Chahine invites us to get to know Averroes, the free-minded writer who wrote in an age when Europe was living under religious inquisition, as a model of openness and wisdom in an age of terrible anguish. Chahine shows through Averroes' story that "ideas have wings; no one can stop their flight. The free expression of ideas have the power to prevail over the forces of intolerance and limitation." This is their destiny. Chahine very courageously honors Averroes and at the same time does homage to the golden age of Hollywood cinema. The film is a splendor for the eyes and ears.
Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street
$5 donations are accepted