Trained as a political scientist, I also dabble in music and documentary filmmaking. My latest film project A Thousand and One Berber Nights (currently in postproduction) is a documentary about the late African American theatre director Ellen Stewart and her support of North African dance in America.
I recently co-founded the Program on African Social Research (PASR). Read more.
My latest documentary
Malcolm X and the Sudanese looks at the role of Ahmed Osman in the life of Malcolm X. Osman, a Sudanese development economist, first met Malcolm by chance at Muhammad’s Temple #7 in Harlem in the summer of 1962. The film follows Osman, now in his late seventies, as he returns to Harlem 55 years after the death of Malcom X.
My latest essay
“Paul Bowles? He’s the worst,” said Edward Said, making a brushing gesture. When I tried to continue, Said raised his hand: “Stop, why are you defending him? Just stop.”
A French translation of the original article published by New York Review of Books is now available on Orient XXI, published on February 13, 2021: Paul Bowles et « le mythe de Tanger »
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