'The only gay man in Morocco': acclaimed novelist and filmmaker to visit Nottingham

Acclaimed French Moroccan novelist, Abdellah Taïa, is to discuss his film L'Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) in the UK for the first time at a special screening and Q&A at Nottingham's Broadway cinema, hosted by Nottingham Trent University.

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A scene from L’Armée du Salut (Salvation Army)

Acclaimed French Moroccan novelist, Abdellah Taïa, is to discuss his film L'Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) in the UK for the first time at a special screening and Q&A at Nottingham's Broadway cinema on Monday 18 April, hosted by Nottingham Trent University.

Based on Abdellah's autobiographical novel of the same name, the film is a personal account of his experiences growing up as a gay Muslim in his native Morocco, his relationships with family and his 'escape' to Switzerland.

The film has been screened across the world to critical acclaim but this is the first time Abdellah – exiled from Morocco and now living in Paris - has visited the UK to discuss his work in such a way.

Jean-Pierre Boulé, Professor of Contemporary French Studies at Nottingham Trent University's School of Arts and Humanities, has published research on Abdellah Taïa's work and invited Abdellah to the city. He said: "We are delighted to be hosting Abdellah who will also be meeting students on campus."

The screening, at 8 pm, will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.

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    Event details

    Nottingham Trent University and Broadway Cinema & Cafebar (14-18 Broad Street Nottingham) are delighted to welcome Moroccan Director Abdellah Taïa to Broadway to discuss for the first time in the United Kingdom his film Salvation Army with Prof. Jean-Pierre Boulé from the School of Arts & Humanities.

    The film is based on the eponymous novel.

    MON 18 APRIL, 8PM
    SALVATION ARMY (CERT advised 18) + Q&A
    With English Subtitles
    Director: Abdellah Taïa
    Country: France / Morocco
    Year: 2013
    Duration: 81m
    Starring: Said Mrini, Karim Ait M'Hand

    Exquisitely shot and achingly personal, Abdellah Taïa recounts his own odyssey as a gay Muslim searching for a country and a companion he can call his own in what is easily one of the most powerful, acclaimed queer films in recent years. Salvation Army won over audiences at its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, subsequently screening at the Toronto Film Festival and New Directors/New Films in New York City.

    We're pleased to welcome director Abdellah Taïa for a post-screening Q&A.

    Copies of An Arab Melancholia and Salvation Army will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

'The only gay man in Morocco': acclaimed novelist and filmmaker to visit Nottingham

Published on 7 April 2016
  • Category: Press; School of Arts and Humanities

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