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Arab Film Festival 2014

All Films & Events

  1. American Arab

    Usama Alshaibi / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 58 mins
    Usama Alshaibi, an Iraqi-American filmmaker, confronts the issues on identity and perception toward Arab-Americans in today's society. Alshaibi conveys to the audience that Arab-Americans should not be put into one, big, identical group; rather the culture consists of a diverse group of identities and voices.
    American Arab

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 17, 2014 9:00 pm

  2. Arwad

    Samer Najari, Dominique Chila / Narrative / Canada / 2014 / 105 mins
    A deep feeling of nostalgia takes hold of Ali following his mother’s death, causing him to slowly drift away from family life. Although Gabrielle senses her husband’s distress, she fails to console him. In an attempt to reconnect with his roots, Ali travels to Arwad, an island located off the Syrian coast. Leaving Montreal and his family behind, he is accompanied by Marie, his mistress, who is discovering the island for the first time. After an unexpected turn of events, the confrontation between Gabrielle and Marie will become inevitable.

    Aquarius Theatre
    October 22, 2014 9:15 pm


    Harmony Gold
    November 8, 2014 11:30 am

  3. The Bag of Flour

    Kadija Leclere / Narrative / Belgium, France, Morocco / 2013 / 92 mins
    Based on a true story, this beautifully shot epic traces the life of Sarah, from her early years in a Catholic orphanage in 1970s Belgium, through her rebellious, poverty-stricken teens in a village in the Atlas mountains of Morocco, stunningly played by upcoming star Hafsia Herzi (alongside Hiam Abbass and other luminaries).
    Bag of Flour

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 18, 2014 2:00 pm

  4. Cairo Station

    Youssef Chahine / Narrative / Egypt / 1958 / 76 mins
    An opportunity not to be missed as the Arab Film Festival inaugurates the new retrospective series with the legendary Cairo Station from 1958. Youssef Chahine received international recognition when his masterpiece of the sexuality, repression, madness, and violence amongst society’s marginalized was screened at the 1958 Berlin Film Festival, nominated for a Golden Bear.
    Arab Classics: Cairo Station

    Roxie Theatre
    October 13, 2014 7:00 pm

  5. Cinema Palestine

    Tim Schwab / Documentary / Palestine, Spain / 2013 / 79 mins
    Cinema Palestine explores the life and work of multiple generations of Palestinian filmmakers. Based on in-depth interviews with artist living in the Middle East as well as North America and Europe, the film explores the emergence of a Palestinian narrative through film, the relevance of film to the national struggle and the relationship between art, personal experience and politics in one of the most contested landscapes in the world.
    Cinema Palestine

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 18, 2014 4:00 pm

    Cinema Palestine

    Harmony Gold
    November 8, 2014 1:45 pm

  6. The Citizen

    Sam Kadi / Narrative / USA / 2013 / 99 mins
    Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. Ibrahim lands in New York City the day before 9/11, the events forever shape the struggles he faces on his journey to capture the American dream.
    The Citizen

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 11, 2014 8:00 pm

  7. Dirty Wars

    Richard Rowley / Documentary / USA / 2013 / 86 mins
    It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes, where the rules of engagement have fundamentally changed. Prior to 9/11, it was customary for America to sound a formal declaration of war on a given country before attacking. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in hidden corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties
    Dirty Wars

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 19, 2014 3:30 pm

  8. Excuse my French

    Amr Salama / Narrative / Egypt / 2014 / 99 mins
    The film tells the story of Hany Abdallah Peter, a child whose life turns upside down after the death of his father and his mother's discovery of the huge debts they have to pay. He is forced to experience the huge gap between classes after moving from his old elite private school to a public one. Things get complicated for Hany after having to hide being a Christian surrendering to the assumptions of his classmates and teachers who didn't read his full name and mistook him for a Muslim.
    Excuse my French

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 19, 2014 5:30 pm

    The Dark Outside / Excuse my French

    Harmony Gold
    November 9, 2014 6:00 pm

  9. Expedition Yemen, 126 Degrees in the Shade

    Mikael Strandberg / Documentary / Sweden, Yemen / 2013 / 77 mins
    Swedish explorer Mikael Strandberg has spent over two years making a film that shows a different side of Yemen than the negative news that you see and read in the media. He bought a camel and travelled across some of the hottest deserts on earth. These are his reflections.
    Expedition Yemen

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 12, 2014 8:30 pm

  10. Fevers

    Hicham Ayouch / Narrative / France, Morocco, Qatar / 2014 / 90 mins
    Benjamin is a child in war against the world. He has known violence and social care homes. One day, when his mother goes to prison, Benjamin learns he has a father. Now, he will go to live with this unknown man in the suburbs of Paris.

    Roxie Theatre
    October 14, 2014 7:00 pm


    Harmony Gold
    November 8, 2014 8:00 pm