‘Women Outside Their Apartments: A Moroccan Feminist’s Cinematic Vision


‘Women Outside Their Apartments: A Moroccan Feminist’s Cinematic Vision

Florence Martin

Type of Event: Lecture
Presenter: Dr. Florence Martin, Goucher College

October 8, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Faculty Center

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Moroccan filmmaker Farida Benlyazid has always been subversive. Looking at the arc of her work from her auto-fiction A Door to the Sky (1988) to her current documentary project on Moroccan feminist Fatema Mernissi, this talk will examine how Benlyazid has consistently disturbed the boundaries between autobiography and fiction, the personal and the political, Muslim spirituality and feminism, by deploying the liminal spaces traditionally occupied by women.

Florence Martin is Dean John Blackford Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Goucher College. She holds a Doctorate from Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, and has published articles and book chapters internationally on the blues, francophone literature and French and francophone cinema. Her recent work focuses on postcolonial cinema, the cinema of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and French and Francophone women’s films. She is an editor for the scholarly journal Studies in French Cinema (UK) and for Proto, a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region (US).

Co-sponsored by Religious Studies; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Media Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies; the Lloyd International Honors College; and the Muslim Student Association.