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Documenting Lives in Conflict Zones


Feb 19 2015


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Documenting Lives in Conflict Zones

Documenting Lives in Conflict Zones

With James Longley

On February 19, 2015, documentary filmmaker James Longley and Duke professor Negar Mottahedeh discussed Longley’s body of work examining the lives of people in conflict zones, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia. Longley’s 2006 film, Iraq in Fragments, offers an intimate view of the early years of the Iraq War through three different points of view. The film won numerous honors, including three jury awards at Sundance, the grand jury award at Full Frame Festival, and an Academy Award nomination. His short, Sari’s Mother (2007), was also nominated for an Academy Award. Longley was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2009 and a USA Ford Fellow in 2011. His visit to Duke from February 11- 20, 2015, as an artist in residence with the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts program coincided with his first still photography exhibition, Kabul, Afghanistan, at the Power Plant Gallery at American Tobacco in downtown Durham.

Capturing the Whole Picture: Listen to Longley on The State of Things


James Longley

James Longley is a filmmaker whose intimate portraits of people in politically volatile countries in the Middle East are deepening our understanding of the historical and cultural dimensions of the region’s conflicts. For his low-budget, self-financed films, Longley lives among ordinary families, gaining access to people in places rarely chronicled…...

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Negar Mottahedeh

Duke University

Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor in the Program in Literature and in the Women’s Studies Program at Duke University, a cultural critic, and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian…...

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