In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are.
The March 26th event, held at Skidmore’s Gannet Auditorium, with guest speaker Kao Kalia Yang, was described by an audience member in a single word, “Amazing.” Event goers had many questions for the speaker and were highly engaged, intrigued, and emotionally invested in the story of her life that she offered to tell. An amazing experience and one we were fortunate to be a part of.