Institute Film Series screening of: Last Men in Aleppo. FROM THE BANNED COUNTRIES: A FILM SERIES. At the beginning of 2017, one of the first decisions of the newly elected President of the United States was to suspend the entry of citizens from several countries. Executive Order 13769 is commonly known as the “Muslim Ban”. In response, the Institute for Advanced Study made a public statement condemning these discriminatory restrictions as being contrary to our values. Concerned by the fate of the people of the affected nations, the School of Social Science and the School of Historical Studies will curate in 2017-2018 a film series titled “From the Banned Countries” in homage to the creativity and engagement of their cinema. The first film of the series is Last Men in Aleppo by Syrian writer and director Firas Fayyad, who was arrested by the intelligence services of the Assad regime because of his work on this film. Released in 2017, the film has won praise and prizes, including the Sundance Festival World Documentary Grand Jury Award. It follows the so-called white helmets, Syrian men who at the risk of their lives decided to stay in the besieged and bombed city to rescue people buried under collapsed buildings. - During the 2016 presidential campaign, one of the candidates was asked by a journalist what he would do, if he were elected, about Aleppo: “What is Aleppo?” he responded. Firad Fayyad’s documentary will provide an answer. It will be shown at 4 p.m. on Wednesday October 18, 2017 in Wolfensohn Hall, at the Institute for Advanced Study (coincidentally, an extension of the ban to three other countries will go into effect that day). The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Kevin Martin, from Indiana University, who is currently a Member in the School of Historical Studies. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Schedule of films for the Fall Term, please mark your calendars: Wednesday, October 18, 4 PM - Wolfensohn Hall - Last Men in AleppoWednesday, November 8, Wednesday, December 13. The film series marks its thirty-third year this season. All films are shown free of charge in Wolfensohn Hall and are open to the Institute Community. The series intends to offer the opportunity to hear from the producers, creators, and curators of film.