Best-selling cartoonist and filmmaker Riad Sattouf shares from his highly anticipated continuation of The Arab of the Future—a recollection of his childhood as his family shuttled back and forth between France and the Middle East. Sattouf’s latest graphic memoir travels to his father’s hometown of Homs, where the young Sattouf attends schools and attempts to dedicate himself to becoming a true Syrian in the country of a dictator. Hear from one of today’s most original voices as Sattouf acutely observes life’s small daily moments while sweeping through issues of politics, religion, and poverty in a voice both darkly funny and piercingly direct.
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Riad Sattouf is a bestselling cartoonist and filmmaker who grew up in Syria and Libya and now lives in Paris. A former contributor to the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, Sattouf is now a weekly columnist for L’Obs.
Elvis Mitchell is host of the pop culture radio show The Treatment on KCRW 89.9 FM, and film curator of year-round programming for Film Independent. Previously, he hosted the TCM interview program Under the Influence and was also chief film critic for Movieline. Prior to this, Mitchell served as the film critic at The New York Times and was the entertainment critic for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He produced and co-created The Black List: Volume One, which won the NAACP Image Award winning documentary focusing on achievement in the African American community. He was also nominated by the WGA for his work on The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: Sidney Poitier.