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Arab Museum Film Festival, June 2 – 11, 2017
June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
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Arab Museum Film Festival, June 2 – 11, 2017
The Arab American National Museum is gearing up for 2017 Arab Film Festival @ Cinetopia International Film Festival, taking place June 2-11 in southeast Michigan. One of the longest-running programs at AANM, the festival offers screenings of multiple fascinating films, including the national premiere of the critically acclaimed Egyptian film Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim (at top) and the Michigan premiere of the UAE film The Worthy (above).
The films being screened at the festival were created by Arab World and Arab American artists and are unlikely to reach American commercial theaters. Films were selected for fans of Arab-language movies and adventurous art-film lovers seeking new perspectives and outside-the-box thinking. Genres include drama, comedy and documentary, in both short and feature-length form, with themes of resistance. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 12.
For a list of films being screened by AANM, click HERE.
Films Playing at the Arab American National Museum
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ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. Layal (MAISA ABD ELHADI), a young, newly-married Palestinian schoolteacher, receives an eight-year sentence for a crime she didn’t commit. After being transferred to a high-security women’s prison, she is drawn into a tense, diametrically-opposed underworld of Palestinian political radicals and Israeli criminals. As Layal attempts to navigate fraught relationships with her fellow inmates, she discovers that she’s pregnant – and is forced into a series of choices that will change her life fore
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. Join us for a free screening of two short films (made by students in Detroit and Jerusalem) before the official Arab Shorts: A Cinematic Tour Through the Arab World program.
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. US PREMIERE! Ali has a close relationship with Nada, a goat that just might be the reincarnated soul of his deceased girlfriend. Although Ali doesn’t see any problem with this, his mother encourages him to see a healer to help with his issues. When Ali meets Ibrahim at the healer’s clinic, they (and Nada) embark on a journey of friendship, self-discovery, and acceptance.
The Arab American National Museum is proud to present six contemporary Arabic-language film shorts in an assortment of genres and mediums. From a garbage crisis to identity politics and agoraphobia to musical instruments, these shorts encompass a variety of realities and points of view as diverse as the Middle East itself. The official program is immediately preceded by two shorts directed by student groups in Detroit and Jerusalem. All films are shown with English-language subtitles.
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. MICHIGAN PREMIERE! Shot entirely in the back of a police truck shortly after the overthrow of President Morsi, Clash follows supporters and opponents of the fallen president as they express their emotions on the streets of Cairo through protests and parades. As members of both sides are rounded up and thrown into a police van, the politically divided group must try to overcome their differences if they are to stand a chance of survival.
MICHIGAN PREMIERE. ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. Hedi is a simple young man, following the path that has been carved out for him by his overbearing and controlling mother, brother, and boss. When Hedi is sent out of town for work, he meets Rim, a free-spirited lover of life who works at the resort where he’s staying. Hedi throws all his worries out the window as he and Rim begin a passionate love affair. But while Hedi begins to find his carefree self, his responsibilities back home begin to pile up. Can he continue to live his double life
MICHIGAN PREMIERE. Layla, Salma, and Nour are three Palestinian roommates trying to find a balance between traditional and modern culture in Tel Aviv. Layla, a fabulously stylish and confident lawyer, lives in the moment. When she meets Ziad, she thinks she has found a progressive, modern man with whom she could potentially settle down. Salma, a lesbian DJ and bartender, drifts aimlessly through life, tethered only by her friendship with Layla. Devout Muslim Nour moves into their shared apartment when she comes to the city to study computer
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. As the Syrian conflict rages around her – and swallows up every aspect of her life – Oum struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy. Can she keep her family safe from a constant barrage of bombs, snipers, and thugs in these dark and uncertain times? Paired with Mare Nostrum, a short film about a Syrian father who makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.
MIDWEST PREMIERE. ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. Therese, married to the mayor of a small Lebanese village, is highly anticipating the overnight visit of her daughter’s new suitor and his family. As she frantically prepares her house for the guests, Therese keeps a running one-sided dialogue with framed photos of her deceased brother, who was killed 20 years ago by a Syrian bomb. By the time the doorbell rings, everything is just perfect – until Therese discovers that her soon-to-be in-laws are Syrian.
MIDWEST PREMIERE. ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. Reko and Pero are a young Yazidi couple preparing for marriage when their Iraqi village is attacked by ISIS militants. Many of the Yazidi girls, including Pero, are sold into slavery, tortured, and raped. Reko, who was at work during the attack, frantically searches for Pero amid the chaos. Will their true love be able to overcome life-altering trauma? Winner of the DUBAI FILM FESTIVAL MUHR AWARD FOR BEST FICTION FEATURE.
U.S. PREMIERE. ARAB FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION. In a dark, post-apocalyptic future, where the world has all but come to an end, a group of unlikely survivors band together and take refuge in an abandoned hangar. They struggle to stay alive and protect one of the last remaining sources of uncontaminated water. When the group is attacked by thieves, two strangers come to their aid. The leader of the group allows the strangers to stay as long as they follow the camp’s rules. But when one of the strangers betrays the group, things begin to un
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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