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Arab Film Festival


  1. The Professor

    Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud / Narrative / France, Tunisia / 2012 / 92 mins
    In 1977, Kh'lil Khalsawi, a law professor in Tunisia, under the ruling party’s instructions, would represent the party in a league of human rights that has been founded not long ago. His mission is to defend the official positions inside the league during this turbulent time when the government and the labor union are on bad terms.
    The Professor

    Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley)
    Oct. 25, 2013 3:00 pm

  2. Sofia

    Narrative / 15 mins
    Sofia left Morocco for London to support her mother and fund the search for her missing brother. Living a life of fear and struggle, the resolute Sofia takes the opportunity to obtain legal papers when friends offer to facilitate an arranged marriage.Raw and poignant, the black and white cinematography heightens the immediacy of the performances.

  3. Sofia

    Ani Laurie and BILA / Narrative / Morocco, UK / 2013 / Short Narrative / 15 mins
    To continue the search for her brother Sofia must leave Africa for Europe

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

  4. When I Saw You

    Annemarie Jacir / Narrative / Jordan / 2012 / 96 mins
    A fictional story set in Jordan following a young boy, Tarek, and his mother, in a touching search for freedom set in 1967, a world re-emerging with new hope.
    Opening Ceremony and Film: When I Saw You

    Castro Theatre (San Francisco)
    Oct. 11, 2013 7:30 pm Online ticketing closed, available at the door

  5. When Monaliza Smiled

    Fadi G. Haddad / Narrative / Jordan / 2012 / 95 mins
    Grumpy Monaliza, in her 30s, rarely smiles. She works in a government office, where she meets Hamdi, an affable Egyptian tea boy. Together they dream of a life straight out of the romantic movies of yesteryears, with Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama… Their fantasy is challenged as they're surrounded by inquistive individuals, who impose restrictions typical of Amman’s society.
    Spotlight Ceremony and Film: When Monaliza Smiled

    Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
    Oct. 18, 2013 8:00 pm

    When Monaliza Smiled

    Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley)
    Oct. 25, 2013 1:00 pm

    When Monaliza Smiled

    Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
    Nov. 17, 2013 4:00 pm