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Saladin Introduction

This screening is introduced by Dr. Anastasia Valassopoulos, senior lecturer in World Literature at the University of Manchester.

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The Egyptian director Youssef Chahine produced his version of the Crusades in Nasser-era Egypt, creating a rare cinematic exploration from the east of a narrative usually viewed from the west.  The result has been called ‘cosmopolitan and humane’, offering a Middle Ages that serves as a model for the present.