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Presented By: Global Islamic Studies Center

Halaloween: A Muslim Horror Film Festival

Free in-person screening of Saloum, a Senegalese horror film, at the State Theater 7 PM October 28th, 2022

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Halaloween: A Muslim Horror Film Festival
Welcome to Halaloween: A Muslim Film Festival 2022

What's Halaloween? Halaloween screens horror films from across the globe that were made by, for, or about Muslims with the hopes of understanding “What scares Muslim audiences? Are horror movies halal?”

This year’s 2022 festival will be both in person and online, screening one film a week during the month of October, and ending with an in-person screening at the State Theater, Friday, October 28, 2022, at 7:00 PM. Each online screening will be available to watch for a week, all screenings are free.

The 2022 Halaloween Lineup:

* October 6: Roh | 2019 | Malaysia
* October 13: Beddua: The Curse | 2018 | Turkey
* October 20: Satan’s Slaves | 2017 | Indonesia
* October 28: Saloum | 2021 | Senegal (in-person at the State Theater)

We'll wrap up the month of October with a live panel discussion on Muslim Horror, the use of Islam and the Quran, and how each region differs in its creation of horror films. Stay tuned for the 2022 lineup of films and an announcement on the Muslim Horror Panel discussion!
More info:
On October 28th, 2022 at 7pm, join us at the State Theater in Ann Arbor for a screening of the Senegalese horror film Saloum. Tickets are free and first come first served. Please note: masks are required in the theater except when seated and eating.
2021 | 84 minutes | French | Senegal
Directed by: Jean Luc Herbulot

Halaloween Horror Rating 3/5
Rating explanation: Shamanic/folkloric, postcolonial thriller. Contains violence, gore, enslavement, paramilitary killings, civil war, violence involving children and childhood sexual trauma, and drugs. The film is a supernatural thriller, rather than being in the traditional horror film genre.
Religious content: This film is not explicitly Muslim, but is set in majority-Muslim Senegal and engages with general West African religion and spirituality.

Shot down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, a group of mercenaries must lie low at a remote holiday camp, stash their stolen haul, and repair their plane to escape back to Dakar, Senegal.

Halaloween is brought to you by the Global Islamic Studies Center and cosponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Department, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the African Studies Center, Department of Communication and Media, The Department of Film, Television, and Media, American Culture, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Arab and Muslim American Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for Arab American Studies at UM-Dearborn, and Shudder.

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