A retired Egyptian football coach is coaxed by his former star athlete to return to the sport to train a motley group of players in Jordan in preparation for their much-anticipated competition with France. The stakes are high for the Jordanian team, as funding for their football academy depends upon the outcome of the game. This inspirational drama features a cast of actors from across the Middle East, including vocals by celebrity hip-hop artists and rappers Omar Offendum, Deeb, and Salah Edin. Written by Nizar Wattad and directed by Amin Matalqa, both known for negotiating cultural gaps between East and West through film, The United is the first Arabic-language film produced by a major Hollywood studio for Middle Eastern audiences.
The United (2012)
Tuesday, February 21, 5:00 PM
About the Series: Aftermath and Arab-American Art, Literature & Film
In conjunction with the Gund Gallery’s spring semester exhibition entitled, Aftermath: The Fallout of War, a series of co-sponsored events based around the theme “Aftermath and Arab America,” will feature visiting Arab-American artists, writers, performers, and critics from multiple disciplines whose work reflects the sociopolitical dynamics of Arab America. The artists and critic will offer their perspectives through open conversations about the unique role of the Arab-American artist, especially in the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, the Iraq War, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, other regional and global conflicts and the new U.S. presidency.
Co-sponsored by: Kenyon Review, Graham Gund Gallery, Thomas Chair in Creative Writing, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Departments of English, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Programs in Comparative World Literatures, Asian Studies, Islamic Cultures and Film Studies.
Aftermath is organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harn 25th Anniversary Fund, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Joanne L. and Edward R. Block Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Harn Curator of Photography Endowment.
Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.