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Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies pres.

Arab American National Museum and CMENAS Film Screening. Flesh Out

2019. Mauritania, Italy. 94 minutes. Hassaniya with English Subtitles

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In keeping with the traditions of her Mauritanian home, the announcement of Verida’s impending arranged marriage brings with it the beginning of gavage—the ritual of over-eating in order to attain a fuller figure more desirable to her future husband. As the obedient daughter of two loving parents, Verida at first accepts the intense physical strain of gavage with little resistance. But as the ritual’s requirements become increasingly all-consuming, Verida feels her resistance to the intense expectations of both her mother and culture push toward a breaking point.

Director Michela Occhipinti’s narrative feature debut, Flesh Out (2019) is an intensely resonant look at one woman’s struggle to find an identity for herself outside of the suffocating pressure to conform.

Dir. Michela Occhipinti
2019/Mauritania, Italy/94 minutes
Hassaniya with English Subtitles

Light refreshments will following the screening.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to us at least 2 weeks in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange. Contact: Jessica H. Riggs,
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  • Tickets and film info: Use the discount code "CMENAS" for 25% off.

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