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Arab Film Festival

Narrative


  1. Asfouri

    Fouad Alaywan / Narrative / Lebanon, UAE / 2012 / 90 mins
    It’s Beirut in the 1970s. Karim, a young boy lives with his family in the Sanayeh district of the city. Their building, built by his grandfather Abu Afif in the 1920s, faces one of Beirut’s rare green spots, Sanayeh Gardens. The building has been divided into several apartments, and its other residents come from different religious backgrounds and all live together in the harmony of daily life.
    Asfouri / Studio Beirut

    Opera Plaza Cinema (San Francisco)
    Oct. 13, 2013 1:30 pm

    Asfouri / Studio Beirut

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 19, 2013 11:30 am


  2. Asham: A Man Called Hope

    Maggie Morgan / Narrative / Egypt / 87 mins
    Six intertwined stories about aspiration, disappointment, and hope are tied together loosely through the character of Asham who encounters the characters at critical points in their lives, set in the backdrop of a restless Cairo before the January 25 revolution.
    Asham: A Man Called Hope

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 20, 2013 12:00 pm

    Asham: A Man Called Hope

    Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley)
    Oct. 25, 2013 7:00 pm


  3. Asmaa

    Amr Salama / Narrative / Egypt / 90 mins
    A woman who suffers from AIDS decides not to surrender to the fatal disease. She exerts huge efforts in trying to recover or by helping those who suffer the same disease by giving them glimmers of hope.
    San Diego Opening Film: Asmaa

    Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
    Nov. 15, 2013 7:30 pm


  4. Blind Intersections

    Lara Saba / Narrative / Lebanon / 2013 / 92 mins
    Three protagonists in one city. Coming from different backgrounds they pass each other but they never meet; although, the effect of one incident will drastically alter the lives of the three of them! Nour looses her parents in a car accident and all her life collapses while India has everything a woman can dream of except for a baby Marwan is 12 years old and lives with a violent and abusive mother. All three characters are caught at a moment when their lives fall over, in just a matter of seconds each is knocked down by a chain of other’s actions/reactions.
    Blind Intersections

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 19, 2013 9:00 pm

    Blind Intersections

    Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley)
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:00 pm

    Blind Intersection

    Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
    Nov. 17, 2013 7:00 pm


  5. Casablanca Mon Amour

    John Slattery / Narrative / Morocco, USA / 2012 / 77 mins
    Casablanca Mon Amour is a modern road movie that encapsulates the more complex and fractured nature of living in a world where TV and wars compete for headlines and occupy imaginations. Using movies as a road map between yesterday’s Hollywood and today’s Morocco, Casablanca Mon Amour offers a Moroccan perspective on the long and entwined relationship between Hollywood and The Arab/Muslim World.
    Casablanca Mon Amour

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 18, 2013 3:30 pm

    Casablanca Mon Amour

    Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley)
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:00 pm


  6. Detroit Unleaded

    Rola Nashef / Narrative / USA / 2012 / 92 mins
    Between Detroit and Arab-America, Sami works behind the bulletproof glass of a 24-hour gas station with his cousin Mike. Inside this unique neighborhood, the station is more than just a pitstop for rolling papers and fake perfume, but a place where an infinite stream of spirited and often hilarious people flow through. When Najlah walks in, Sami//'s shift becomes anything but routine.
    Detroit Unleaded

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 19, 2013 2:00 pm


  7. Tannoura Maxi

    Joe Bou Eid / Narrative / Lebanon, UAE / 2012 / 95 mins
    In the summer of 1982, in a sheltered village protected by its armed men, it took no longer than three months until radical changes started occurring in the lives of two families of different backgrounds. A priest about to be ordered, is exhausted by temptations and an arrogant girl comes from the outside world, and penetrates the village, taking away the community’s virginity. The little refugee girl becomes the refuge of a man, about to undertake in a mission of life. The one supposed to marry, will be married; the one supposed to serve, will be served. A shredded memory and an intimate story of a narrator who tells the meeting of his parents, before his existence, until their marriage…
    Tannoura Maxi

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 20, 2013 7:00 pm

    Tannoura Maxi

    Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley)
    Oct. 25, 2013 5:00 pm


  8. It’s About to Rain

    Haider Rashid / Narrative / 91 mins
    ‘It’s About to Rain’ tells the story of Said, a confident and ambitious young man, born and raised in Italy from Algerian parents, who studies and works as a part-time baker. When the director of the factory where his father works commits suicide, the family is suddenly faced with the worrying reality of not being able to renew their residency visa as they have done for the past thirty years and receive a letter of expulsion.
    It’s About to Rain

    Opera Plaza Cinema (San Francisco)
    Oct. 12, 2013 6:00 pm


  9. The Last Stop

    Marcio Curi / Narrative / Brazil, Lebanon / 2012 / 114 mins
    June 1950: Still teenagers, the Lebanese, Tarik and his younger brother, Karim, left Lebanon and came to Brazil, in search for a better life. On the ship, they make friendship with other Lebanese and Syrian teenagers. Upon arrival in Brazil, each one goes his way and the years pass through… September 2001: The old Muslim Tarik loses his wife and, before dies, needs to fulfill some promises. Tarik leaves everything and crosses Brazil, together with his daughter Samia, in search of the boys who came with him from Lebanon, 51 years before. Each stop on this long journey will reveal a fabulous truth of more than 1001 nights.
    The Last Stop

    Opera Plaza Cinema (San Francisco)
    Oct. 13, 2013 4:00 pm

    The Last Stop

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 18, 2013 1:00 pm


  10. Mars at Sunrise

    Jessica Habie / Narrative / Palestine / 2012 / 75 mins
    Mars At Sunrise tells the story of a war waged on imagination. The film abstractly portrays the conflict between artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders, and explores how a powerful creative mind survives, and even thrives, under pressure.
    Mars at Sunrise (plus Q&A with filmmaker)

    Opera Plaza Cinema (San Francisco)
    Oct. 12, 2013 8:00 pm

    Mars at Sunrise

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 20, 2013 2:00 pm

    Mars at Sunrise

    Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
    Nov. 16, 2013 5:00 pm