Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30 pm
Out of Cordoba:
Averroes and Maimonides in their Time and ours
By Jacob Bender
Feature documentary film about Jews and Muslims struggling for social justice and against the hijacking of their religions by extremists. Inspired by two medieval ‘wise men of Cordoba’ – one Muslim, the other a Jew – these contemporary people of faith are promoting the values of democracy and tolerance on the frontlines of the often-violent clashes that have come to define our new century. The film tells the story of the film’s director, an American Jew, who undertakes a journey around the Mediterranean after the attacks of 9/11, visiting Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel. He meets people who are utilizing their religious traditions to challenge the propositions – advanced by several neo-conservative pundits – that there is an inevitable “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Muslim world, an incompatibility between Islam and democracy, and an unsolvable conflict between Muslims and Jews. The film will bring to the American audience inspiring stories that have been neglected in favor of the familiar media concentration on Muslim ‘terrorists’ and ‘fundamentalists.’
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“Out of Cordoba: Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours” dir. Jacob Bender. (2009, U.S.) 90 min.