“Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” I Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul | Film screening and discussion
(1974, Germany, dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder)


The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 "All That Heaven Allows." A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul," Fassbinder expertly wields the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture.


Introduced by Sabine Hake, Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, with discussion following the screening. Dr. Hake is a cultural historian working on nineteenth and twentieth century Germany, with a special emphasis on film. Her current research examines working-class culture and the role of emotions in mass mobilizations, including in socialism, populism, and fascism. As a cultural historian/film historian, she is interested in the relationship between cultural practices and aesthetic sensibilities, on the one hand, and social movements and political ideologies, on the other.


Part of the "Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series" presented by Not Even Past, History Department, and the Institute for Historical Studies. Learn more about this event, and the film. See also: Todd Haynes on Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.


Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. 
Parking: Brazos Garage210 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Presented by Not Even PastThe Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies, with generous co-sponsorship of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesCenter for Mexican American StudiesCenter for European StudiesCenter for East Asian StudiesCenter for Asian American StudiesDepartment of American StudiesDepartment of Radio-Television-Film, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00pm

Patton Hall (RLP), 1.302B
305 23RD ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, World & Culture


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Alumni, General Public



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