Newcastle Postcolonial Research Group seeks to provide a community for scholars in Newcastle (and beyond) to explore the wide-ranging and expanding interdisciplinary concerns of Postcolonial Studies. The focus of the group is interdisciplinary and we would like to welcome new staff and postgraduate students (new to the university or just new to the group) interested in postcolonial themes to join us for a catered welcome event on Thursday 3rd October, 6pm at the Culture Lab.
For this first event we will be screening I am Nasrine, a BAFTA nominated film directed by Tina Gharavi (A film and digital media lecturer in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle).
I Am Nasrine follows the paths of Nasrine and Ali, sister and brother in a comfortable, middle-class Iranian home. When Nasrine has a run-in with the police, the punishment is more than she bargained for: their father orders them both to relocate to the UK. Arriving in Britain, their fate and their future are far from certain. Nasrine is quick to settle into her new life, making friends with Nichole, a member of the Gypsy traveller community. However, Ali struggles with the realities of life in the UK, as well as his awakening sexuality. Then comes 9/11, and a surge of prejudice and hostility from her adopted community.
The screening will be followed by a discussion. More information on the film can be found at: http://iamnasrine.com/
Sadly Dr. Gharavi is currently out of the UK but there will be a follow up event
in February when the director herself will be discussing the film with us.