To be Young and Digitally Global in the Middle East and North Africa
The demographic boom that emerged in several countries of the Middle East and North Africa during the past three decades has transformed the cultural, political, and economic conditions of these societies. This youthful population has been viewed as the earthquake that will rock the pillars of their governments. Political and social changes in Egypt and Tunisia, and spectacular protests in other countries of the region since last spring, highlighted the new means of expression in a digital age used by these youth. In this seminar we will explore films and their representations of these youth in the Middle East and North Africa, their challenges to the establishments, and the use of some of their cultural and social means of expressions to exert their place in and relationships to the world.