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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

Halaloween: An Online Muslim Horror Film Festival - On Demand between Oct 1-31

Watch for Free: Muslim Horror films from across the globe Oct 1-31
Friday, October 29, 2021
12:00-11:59 PM
Welcome to Halaloween! From Oct 1-31, GISC will be streaming Muslim horror films from across the globe for free. Films will each be available for one week in October, but available to pre-order anytime at:

From Oct 15th to the 22th, stream the Moroccan horror film Kandisha on demand at Pre-order the film anytime, and check out the rest of the months Halaloween Horror selection!

2008 | 91 minutes | Arabic, English and French | Morocco
Directed by: Jérôme Cohen-Olivar
Featuring: Amira Casar, Hiam Abbass, David Carradine, Michael Cohen, Saïd Taghmaoui, Mourad Zaoui and Assaad Bouab

Halaloween Horror Rating 1/5 - Unsettling and moody, slow burn revenge drama.

Shattered by the loss of her child, Nyla Jayde, a brilliant criminal defense attorney, takes on a case involving a 14th century Moroccan legend, a vengeful spirit named "Kandisha".

The annual Halaloween: A Muslim Film Festival is presented by the Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) at the University of Michigan.

What's Halaloween? In 2019 during the month of October, we launched the first ever Muslim Horror Film Festival: 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?’. The previous Halaloween Festivals featured A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Dachra, Siccin 4 and more.

This year we are hosting the festival online and screening one film a week for the month of October. We're giving you the remote and allowing viewers to watch on their own time: each film will be available for a whole week. We're also inclusive of everyone's film needs: from new horror fans who close their eyes through most of the films, to those who love the gore - we've got films for everyone! Check the Halaloween Horror Rating in the description of each film for a better sense on how scary each film will be.

The festival remains free, and will come to you wherever you are (though some films may not be available in certain countries). Films will be unlocked online each week of October, and viewers will have the week to watch each film. 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 (sign up to our newsletter below to stay updated on this event, or check our social media).

The 2021 Halaloween Lineup:

October 1 - 122 | 2019 | Egypt
October 8 - KL24: Zombies | 2017 | Malaysia
October 15 - Kandisha | 2008 | Morocco
October 22 - Madayen | 2016 | Saudi Arabia
October 29 - Impetigore | 2019 | Indonesia

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 Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Arab and Muslim American Studies, the Humanities Institute, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the African Studies Center, the Center for Arab American Studies (UM-Dearborn), the Arab American National Museum, and Shudder.

Love Horror Films? Shudder streams the best in new independent and international horror, including Jayro Bustamante’s 2021 Peabody Award-winner La Llorona. Try Shudder free for 14 days with promo code HALALOWEEN when you sign up at

Want to hear about similar events from U-M Islamic Studies? Sign up for the GISC Newsletter (! We send out a monthly newsletter in collaboration with the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum.

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Twitter: @umichgisc

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: Film, Global Islamic Studies, Halaloween, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, African Studies Center, Asian Languages and Cultures, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:00-11:59 PM  (Last)