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For Vegas: a screening and discussion

April 16, 2023 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


In August of 2014, an excerpt from Egyptian writer Ahmed Najiโ€™s novel, Using Life, was published in an Arabic literary magazine. Eight months after the excerpt appeared, a 65-year-old Egyptian man filed a case against Naji, alleging that โ€œreading the excerpt caused him to experience heart palpitations, sickness, and a drop in blood pressure.โ€

An Egyptian court found Naji guilty at retrial and sentenced him to the maximum sentence โ€“ two years in person. After 10 months in prison, Najiโ€™s sentence was suspended and he was temporarily released but remained under a travel ban until the original sentence was overturned in 2018 and he was finally able to leave Egypt.

In 2019, he became a Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute City of Asylum Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – An exiled writer in a new country, a new city and a new reality.

Through his narrative, For Vegas follows Ahmed as he finds his foothold in his adoptive city, striving to understand not only his own life as a writer in exile, but the life of a city whose roots were founded as a waystation, a temporary stop for so many over its storied history.

After the film, Ahmed Naji and Robin Greenspun will lead a Q&A discussion at Segue at The Beverly Theater.


April 16, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Beverly Theater
515 S 6th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101 United States
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