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Screening of Layla the Schoolgirl (Egypt 1941)

Layla Murad

Deborah Starr, Associate Professor of Modern Arabic and Hebrew Literature and Film in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, will present a screening of the Egyptian film, Layla the Schoolgirl.

Yusuf, a writer, lives in seclusion until his young cousin Layla comes to live with him. Layla reintroduces Yusuf to society, and he promptly falls in love. This movie has it all: Music! Comedy! A Love triangle! Cocktail parties! Come see 1940s bourgeois Cairo in all its elegance. The director, Togo Mizrahi, and the star, Layla Murad, were both Jews. Deborah Starr will provide a brief introduction about Jewish involvement in the Egyptian film industry, and will lead a discussion following the screening.


Time and Place
January 22, 2017, 7:30 pm
Temple Beth El 402 N. Tioga St, Ithaca NY, social hall