History Department
History Department

Film: “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul,” introduced by Sabine Hake (Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series)

Tue, November 28, 2017 | CLA 1.302B

7:00 PM


Ali: Fear Eats the Soul | Film screening and discussion
(1974, Germany, dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 "All That Heaven Allows." A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul," Fassbinder expertly wields the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture.

Introduced by Sabine Hake, Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, with discussion following the screening. Dr. Hake is a cultural historian working on nineteenth and twentieth century Germany, with a special emphasis on film. Her current research examines working-class culture and the role of emotions in mass mobilizations, including in socialism, populism, and fascism. As a cultural historian/film historian, she is interested in the relationship between cultural practices and aesthetic sensibilities, on the one hand, and social movements and political ideologies, on the other.

Part of the "Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series."  Learn more about the film. See also: Todd Haynes on "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul."

Migration is a deeply human experience across all parts of the world, even as specific conditions of need, gender, geography, culture, and coercion frame particular journeys. The feature films in this series capture the emotions and stories of migrants in a multitude of settings. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and followed by discussion of the film and the questions it raises about migration as a common experience that can both divide and unite us. Read more about the series.

Films will be screened alternate Tuesdays in CLA, Glickman Conference Center. 7 pm. Parking: Brazos Garage, 210 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.. Open to the UT Austin community and the public.

Presented by Not Even PastThe Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies, with generous co-sponsorship of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesCenter for Mexican American StudiesCenter for European StudiesCenter for East Asian StudiesCenter for Asian American StudiesDepartment of American StudiesDepartment of Radio-Television-Film, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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