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Film Series

Contemporary Arab Cinema

 
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Sep 29—Oct 4, 2018
 
   
 
 
 
 
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The beauty, complexity, and diversity of Arab culture shines through in these vital new works from some of the Middle East and North Africa’s boldest and most innovative filmmakers. Grappling unflinchingly with issues of women’s rights, ethnic identity, sociopolitical upheaval, history, and tradition, the eclectic array of documentaries and narratives featured here are by turns personal, political, funny, and fervent dispatches from an ever-evolving region.

Curated by Lina Matta


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Les Petits Chats
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Les Petits Chats
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
 
Les Petits Chats
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
 

This colorful documentary is both a portrait of iconic 1960s Egyptian band Les Petits Chats and a vivid time capsule of a golden age in Arab culture when innovative music, art, and cinema flourished.

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The Reports On Sarah And Saleem
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The Reports on Sarah and Salim
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
 
The Reports on Sarah and Salim
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
 

A casual affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man snowballs into an explosive political crisis in this gripping study of the ethnic and social fault lines that define life in contemporary Israel.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Muayad Alayan
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Beauty And The Dogs
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Beauty and the Dogs
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
 
Beauty and the Dogs
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
 

After she is raped by a band of police officers, a Tunisian college student embarks on a fearless fight for justice against all odds in this urgent, powerfully immersive feminist cri de cœur.

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Listen
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Listen
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
 
Listen
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
 

A shy Beirut sound man finds a surprising way to reconnect with the girlfriend he’s lost in this disarmingly poignant, sexy, sophisticated romance.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Philippe Aractangi
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The Journey
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The Journey
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
 
The Journey
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
 

A young woman’s steely resolve to die in a suicide mission is thrown into doubt at the last minute in this tense and provocative two-hander from Iraqi-Dutch director Mohamed Al Daradji.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Mohamed Al Daradji via Skype
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Induced labor
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Induced Labor
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
 
Induced Labor
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
 

An Egyptian couple hatches the “perfect” plan to secure an American passport in this raucous, darkly comedic take on the worldwide migrant crisis.

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Zagros
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Zagros
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
 
Zagros
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
 

Accused of infidelity, a young Kurdish wife and mother attempts to start a new life in Belgium in this searing human drama about the crushing forces of traditional morality and family honor.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Sahim Omar Kalifa via Skype
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Investigating Paradise
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Investigating Paradise
Tue, Oct 2, 2018
 
Investigating Paradise
Tue, Oct 2, 2018
 

In this provocative semi-documentary, two journalists crisscross Algeria to understand the recruitment of jihadists, the eternal paradise promised to would-be martyrs, and “the theology of death.”

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The Man Behind The Microphone
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The Man Behind The Microphone
Wed, Oct 3, 2018
 
The Man Behind The Microphone
Wed, Oct 3, 2018
 

Known as the “Frank Sinatra of Tunisia,” Hedi Jouini is the most popular musical star in the country’s history—but what secrets did he keep from the nation that worshiped him?

+ Q&A with filmmaker Claire Belhassine
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Heaven Without People
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Heaven Without People
Wed, Oct 3, 2018
 
Heaven Without People
Wed, Oct 3, 2018
 

A Lebanese family gathering goes from celebratory to off-the-rails unhinged in Lucien Bourjeily’s raw, visceral debut feature, which has garnered comparisons to the Dogme 95 movement.

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The Blessed
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The Blessed
Thu, Oct 4, 2018
 
The Blessed
Thu, Oct 4, 2018
 

The effects of the 1990s civil war continue to resonate for two generations of Algerians who find themselves trapped between the ghosts of the past and the stifling restrictions of the present police state.

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