Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala
2015, Wael Shawky, Italy/Egypt, 120 min.
- Thu, Apr 13th 8:15pm
The concluding episode of Wael Shawky’s epic Crusades trilogy combines the fifth century Battle of Karbala — the origin of the schism between Shiite and Sunni Muslims — with events of the Second and Third Crusades, concluding with the destruction of Constantinople by Venetian Crusaders in 1204. The wars’ atrocities are heightened by hand-blown Murano glass marionettes in the shape of half-human, half-animal beings. In classical Arabic with English subtitles. HD digital file. (Amy Beste)
Shawky introduces and discusses the first two parts of the trilogy, CABARET CRUSADES: THE HORROR SHOW FILES (2010) and CABARET CRUSADES: THE PATH TO CAIRO (2012) at 6:00 p.m. and introduces the third, CABARET CRUSADES: THE SECRETS OF KARBALA (2015) at 8:15 p.m. Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program, which presents an artist talk by Wael Shawky on Wednesday, April 12. See saic.edu/vap for details.
APRIL 13: Wael Shawky in person.