image from the film Antigone

image from film ANTIGONE

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Antigone is an Algerian-born teenager living in Montreal with her immigrant family. A straight-A student and model citizen, her world is shaken when, at the hands of the police, tragedy strikes two of her brothers. Driven by her sense of justice, Antigone acts against the state, with potentially devastating consequences for her.

This modern adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy incorporates urgent contemporary questions of immigration, identity, and the power of idealism.

“Gripping, powerful, and of-the-moment, Antigone loosely adapts Sophocles’ Greek tragedy and situates it in contemporary Montreal. The latest from critically acclaimed Québécois writer-director Sophie Deraspe is a compassionate family drama that doesn't hold back on its indictment of the current refugee and immigrant experience in North America.” (Toronto International Film Festival)

In French & Arabic with English subtitles. Cosponsored with the Dept. of Classics.

A panel organized by Asst Prof Athena Kirk (Classics) & post doc Mathura Umachandran (Classics) will discuss the film and its relationship to Sophocles' play, current and ancient issues surrounding refugees and migrants, and social justice, on Wednesday May 5th from 4:30-6 PM EST. A webinar link will be provided to all those who sign up to view the film.

Ella Haselswerdt, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, UCLA
Demetra Kasimis, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
Katherine Lu Hsu, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, College of the Holy Cross

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Subtitled • Ithaca Premiere