Measure for measure


Date: 9 October 2018 Time: 7:00 PMFinishes: 9 October 2018 Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Film Screening

Film screening of the award winning Anglo Pakistani film ‘Rahm’, written and produced by Mahmood Jamal & directed by Ahmed A Jamal.  A panel discussion on ‘Global Shakespeare, international adaptations and Measure for Measure in the Muslim World’ follows the film screening.

Speakers’ Biographies

Islam Issa is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University and author ofMilton in the Arab-Muslim World (Routledge 2016). He was curator of the Shakespeare in South Asia exhibition at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (2017), and is co-editor of the volumes Milton in Translation (OUP 2017) and Digital Milton (Palgrave 2018). In 2017, he was selected as a BBC New Generation Thinker for Radio 3 and BBC Four, making him one of “the ten academics whose research will be made into radio and television programmes for the BBC.

Roberta Garrett is Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of East London. She has written on Islamophobia in fantasy fiction and taught Shakespeare and Global Film. She has also published widely on gender representation in film and literature, being the author of Postmodern Chick-Flicks: The Return of the Woman’s Film (2007) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She co-edited (with Tracey Jensen and Angela Voela) We Need to Talk about Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, The Family and Popular Culture (2016), and is currently completing a monograph entitled Writing the Modern Family: Neoliberalism and Representation of Parenting in Contemporary Novels and Memoirs.

Mahmood Jamal is the writer and producer of ‘Turning World’ a major drama serial for Channel Four Television, featuring Roshan Seth and Art Malik and Directed by award winning director David Blair. He was the lead writer on ‘Family Pride’ the first Asian soap produced by Central Television and Channel Four. In 2013 he adapted Thomas Hardy’s ‘Mayor of Casterbridge’ For Pakistan Television in Urdu. A renowned poet and translator, he is the editor and translator of ‘Islamic Mystical Poetry’ (Penguin Classics 2009).

Director Ahmed Jamal studied film at the London International Film School. His feature film ‘Rahm’ based on Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ was released in the UK and France in 2017.  He recently directed ‘Run for Glory‘ which is entirely cut to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony without dialogue. He produced and wrote ‘Defusing Human Bombs‘ BBC, ARTE and ZDF in Oct 2013.  His documentary  ‘ The Journalist and the Jihadi, the murder of Daniel Pearl’ for HBO got two Emmy nominations in 2008 and won the Indian National Film Award for best documentary, 2008.

Registration is required of all participants.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets: £10 per person.  Online Booking

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute
Contact email: ssai@soas.ac.uk
Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4390


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