The Global Mediterranean Workshop: The circulation of culture between the Middle East and Japan: On the Japanese Film, Arabu no Arashi


This project examines the circulation of culture between the Middle East and Japan in the 20th century through the lens of literature and the performing arts in a broad sense that transcends genres. On this particular occasion, we are holding a film screening (Friday, June 2) and a lecture followed by a discussion (Saturday, June 3) on the subject of Arabu no Arashi/ Arab Storm (directed by Yasushi Nakahira, 1961), a film set in Egypt starring Yujiro Ishihara. Particular attention will be paid to aspects of “projecting the self” and “creating the self,” highlighting the ways in which peoples of the Middle East and Japan have viewed each other.

Date / Time (1) Screening: June 2, 2023 (Friday), 5:00 pm-
(2) Lecture: June 3, 2023 (Saturday), 2:00 pm-
Venue Room 306, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)
Admission Free
Registration required (Please register through the link below by June 1st.)
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Jointly sponsored by NIHU Global Area Studies Program: The Global Mediterranean at ILCAA; TUFiSCo
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Program: (1) Screening

Date / Time: June 2, 2023 (Friday) 5:00-7:30 pm
Venue: Room 306, ILCAA, TUFS
Language: Film in Japanese, talk in English with a Japanese translation

5:00-5:05 Introduction (Emi Goto, ILCAA)

5:05-5:15 On Arabu no Arashi (Nicholas Mangialardi, Williams College)

5:15-6:45 Screening of Arabu no Arashi (Directed by Yasushi Nakahira, 1961, Japanese)
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6:45-7:00 Break

7:00-7:30 Q&A

Program: (2) Lecture

Date / Time: June 3, 2023 (Saturday) 2:00-4:00pm
Venue: Room 306, ILCAA, TUFS
Language: English

2:00-2:05 Introduction (Emi Goto, ILCAA)

2:05-3:00 Cinemas, Celebrities, and Censors: Making the First Egyptian-Japanese Film Arabu no Arashi (Nicholas Mangialardi, Williams College)

3:00-4:00 Discussion

Dr. Nicholas Mangialardi is a scholar of Arabic literature and music whose research focuses on modern Egypt. He is currently working as a visiting assistant professor of Arabic Studies at the Williams College. His recent works include “The Social Life of Songbooks” (ArabLit Quarterly, 2021) and “Deciphering Egyptian Rap Ciphers” (Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2019).