Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, Thursday, 4/20, 6 PM
Too often, we Westerners tend to look at the Arab Spring–when we think of the Arab Spring at all–as a failure. Fared Eslam’s documentary Yallah! Underground, screening Thursday at Skidmore College, chronicles the work of underground musicians in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Israel from 2009-2013. The Hollywood Reporter approvingly observed that the artists’ “refreshingly cool point of view bridges the gap with Western sensibilities and offers young audiences, in particular, a behind-the-scenes look at the sea changes taking place in social attitudes.” And Art Threat wrote, “Shot in a way that captures the artistic and activist energies of its main characters, this film’s sense of possibility seems all the more essential in light of recent events.” The free screening, open to the public, is part of Skidmore’s Middle East Documentary Series; it will be held in Palamountain Hall’s Emerson Auditorium; and there will be a Q&A after the film.