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The Frontier Café – Conversation with Fareed Ben-Youssef

The history and future of Balkan Cinema

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In this first episode of The Frontier Café, host Milan Zivkovic had the pleasure to chat with Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef, an Assistant Professor in Film and Media at Texas Tech University.

‘We primarily discussed the 2017 film Jupiter’s Moon, directed by Kornél Mundruczó, a Hungarian picture about a Syrian refugee with superpowers who lands in Hungary. Throughout our conversation, we discussed the history of the nation-state, religion, and race in the media. I hope you enjoy our stimulating foray into Jupiter’s Moon and beyond!’

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About Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef

Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef is an Assistant Professor in Film & Media at Texas Tech University. He earned his Ph.D. in Film and Media from the University of California, Berkeley. His first project, No Jurisdiction: The Law and Post-9/11 Genre Film, reveals and wrestles with the genre’s multivalent purpose as a tool to normalize state violence and as a potential mode of human rights critique.

His work on global cinema has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Popular Culture and Southwestern American Literature. As part of his efforts to teach outside the classroom, Ben-Youssef has organized myriad university film series and hosted master classes with award-winning directors such as Ari Folman and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.


No Jurisdiction: Legal, Political, and Aesthetic Disorder in Post-9/11 Genre Cinema

Publisher: State University of New York Press, 2022


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