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Arab Film Festival 2014

All Films & Events

  1. Flying Paper

    Roger Hill, Nithin Shawney / Documentary / Palestine, USA / 2014 / 52 mins
    Flying Paper is the story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the culture of kite making and flying. The film follows Musa, a charismatic teenaged kite-maker in the village of Seifa, and Abeer an aspiring young journalist in the Jabalya refugee camp. They join a quest, along with thousands of other children, to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
    Flying Paper

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 12, 2014 12:00 pm

  2. Giraffada

    Rani Massalha / Narrative / France, Germany, Italy, Palestine / 2014 / 85 mins
    Yacine is a veterinarian in Palestine's only remaining zoo. His ten-year-old son Ziad spends a lot of time with the animals and has a strong bond with the zoo's two giraffes. One night, after an air raid on the city, the male giraffe dies. The female giraffe can't survive alone and starts to slowly let itself die. Yacine must absolutely find a new companion for the animal, but the only zoo that can help him is in Tel Aviv.

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 18, 2014 6:00 pm

  3. Goodbye Morocco

    Nadir Moknèche / Narrative / France, Morocco / 2012 / 98 mins
    Single mother Dounia lives with a Serbian architect in Tangiers, a scandalous relationship in the eyes of her Moroccan family. The couple supervises a construction project, where earthmovers uncover 4th century Christian tombs decorated with ornate frescoes. Dounia embarks on a lucrative but illegal trade in the hope of making some quick money so she can leave Morocco with her son and her lover. But one of the construction workers disappears.
    Goodbye Morocco

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 19, 2014 9:30 pm

  4. Guardians of Time Lost

    Diala Kachmar / Documentary / Lebanon, UAE / 2013 / 110 mins
    It has no borders but through them. They are at once the street’s security cordon and it’s ticking time bomb; their bodies are an extension of its tattooed walls. They are a group of marginalized young men known as the “thugs of Al Lija”. They define the features of that chaotic neighborhood in Beirut, and reveal a mysterious world which carries within its folds the particular complexities of social and political realities in Lebanon.
    Guardians of Time Lost

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 11, 2014 2:00 pm

  5. Heritages

    Philippe Aractingi / Documentary / France, Lebanon / 2013 / 110 mins
    Director Philippe Aractingi sees himself having to leave his motherland to settle elsewhere for the third time in his life. Gripped by the burning desire to tell his own children the past that is “not to be told,” Aractingi sets on a journey through Lebanon’s history to understand and pass on its lessons.

    Aquarius Theatre
    October 22, 2014 7:00 pm


    Harmony Gold
    November 8, 2014 6:00 pm

  6. In my Mother’s Arms

    Mohamed Al-Daradji, Atia Al-Daradji / Documentary / Iraq, UK / 2013 / 87 mins
    Husham works tirelessly to build the hopes, dreams and prospects of the 32 children of war, under his care at a small orphanage in Baghdad’s most dangerous district. Against this threatening backdrop, with funds running desperately low, the bittersweet dramas of childhood play out.
    The Dark Outside / In My Mother’s Arms

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 17, 2014 4:30 pm

    In My Mother’s Arms

    Harmony Gold
    November 9, 2014 2:00 pm

  7. It’s Better to Jump

    Patrick Stewart / Documentary / USA / 2013 / 75 mins
    Akka is a modern city inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i, but its history goes back to rule of the Pharaohs. Young people dare to stand atop the 40' one-meter thick block structure and risk their fate by jumping into the roiling sea. This perilous tradition has continued for many generations, and has become a rite of passage for the children of Akka. The film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home.
    High Hopes / It’s Better to Jump

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 18, 2014 8:00 pm

  8. Just Play

    Dimitri Chimenti / Documentary / Italy, Palestine / 2012 / 58 mins
    This film is not about occupation; it is not about the conflict; it is not about music. These are all elements of the story, but the film is about something else. It is about a group of men and women working with Al Kamandjati, a Palestinian Cultural Association conducting a program of music education in the West Bank. This picture is about them and their difficulties in transforming music into a means of freedom and liberation.
    Transit Game / Just Play

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 12, 2014 4:00 pm

    Transit Game / Just Play

    Harmony Gold
    November 7, 2014 1:30 pm

  9. Ladder to Damascus

    Mohamed Malas / Narrative / Syria / 2013 / 92 mins
    Ghalia is inhabited by the soul of Zeina, a girl who drowned the day she was born. Haunted by Zeina's past life, Ghalia travels to Damascus to study acting and understand her present condition. She meets Fouad, an aspiring filmmaker who becomes fascinated by Ghalia's duality. He takes her under his wing and helps her find a place to live in a Damascene house, now converted into a dorm inhabited by young Syrians from different regions. Within the confines of the house and its ancient courtyard, Fouad's love for Ghalia and Zeina blossoms while the tumultuous events in Syria start unfolding in the streets around them gradually encroaches on their idyllic isolation
    I Exist / Ladder to Damascus

    Roxie Theatre
    October 13, 2014 9:00 pm

  10. The Lost Dream

    Jehan S. Harney / Documentary / USA / 2013 / 69 mins
    Two Iraqis who supported the U.S. mission in their own country come to America and find themselves strangers in a strange land. The stories Nazar and Salam reflect a rarely seen Iraqi refugee community in the U.S., a population still paying the price for a war that was supposed to liberate them.
    Lost Dream

    Roxie Theatre
    October 14, 2014 9:00 pm