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Arab Film Festival

Festival for the Schools: Stanford University

Stanford University Screening

Nov. 2, 2013 6:00 pm Free for college and high school students


The Festival for the Schools is a year-round series of special, free events for students and educators. It presents windows on the world that move students beyond the practice of learning about the Arab World. Instead, the films featured connect students to characters and situations that they can relate to and that help them to begin to learn from within the Arab World through the eyes and ears of cutting-edge contemporary filmmakers.

November 2, 2013

Annenberg Auditorium
Crothers Way
Stanford University

6:00pm to 10:00pm

Screening sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Language Center, Stanford University.

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When Monaliza Smiled, by Fadi Haddad
Monaliza, a 37-year-old Jordanian woman unable to draw a smile, grew up with her grumpy, older, unmarried, agoraphobic sister, Afaf. After a 10 years wait, Monaliza finally gets a job in an archaic government department where she meets Hamdi, the jolly Egyptian tea guy. On her journey of transformation, Monaliza is confronted by a community of nosy and quirky stereotypes from the heart of the colorful city, Amman.
Mars at Sunrise, by Jessica Habbie (in attendance with Q&A to follow)
A painter’s resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders.  Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict.

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Stanford University Screening

Nov. 2, 2013 6:00 pm Free for college and high school students