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Arab Film Festival 2014

All Films & Events

  1. May in the Summer

    Cherien Dabis / Narrative / Jordan, Qatar, USA / 2013 / 98 mins
    To all appearances, May has it all, intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancé Ziad, a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familial hometown of Amman, Jordan for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. Confronted with the wounds of her parent’s long-broken relationship, coupled with the unavoidable clash of old-world and modern values, May is lead to question the direction her life is taking. Soon, her once carefully structured world appears to unravel as she grapples with her own truths.
    Opening Night: May in the Summer

    Castro Theatre
    October 10, 2014 7:30 pm


  2. The Mulberry House

    Sara Ishaq / Documentary / Yemen / 2013 / 64 mins
    Sara returns to Yemen after several years. Arriving at the heart of an emerging revolution, she redefines her place in Yemeni society, as well as her relationship with her father and grandfather. In a unique examination of the uprisings in Yemen, the film shifts the focus from events on the street to the impact of the revolution on the lives of one family.
    The Mulberry House

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 17, 2014 3:00 pm


  3. My Brother

    Kamal El-Mahouti / Narrative / France, Morocco / 2013 / 77 mins
    After a break-up, a painter, Mo Bensalah, throws himself body and soul into his art. Constructed like a pictorial and sensorial puzzle, the film is the portrait of an artist caught between France and Morocco, set to the pulsating rhythms of Gnawa folk music.
    My Brother

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 11, 2014 12:00 pm

    Return of the Repressed / My Brother

    Alliance Française
    October 16, 2014 7:00 pm


  4. Pieces of Lives, Pieces of Dreams

    Hamid Benamra / Documentary / Algeria / 2014 / 100 mins
    From pieces of papers glued together, are drawn and lined up the natures of multifaceted characters. From luxury magazines exhibiting the opulence of an unreachable world, are exposed figures who have broken and changed History. From goods which promote a dream of extreme consumption, are brought to light the dreams and the ideal of a whole people.
    Pieces of Lives, Pieces of Dreams

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 19, 2014 1:00 pm


  5. Rags and Tatters

    Ahmad Abdalla / Narrative / Egypt / 2013 / 85 mins
    In one of the most extraordinary nights in the history of Egypt, the prisons were suddenly opened, leaving thousands of prisoners wandering the desert. Among them was one man trying to find his way in a city that is rapidly changing.
    Rags and Tatters

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 12, 2014 6:30 pm


  6. The Road to Paradise

    Uda Benyamina / Narrative / France / 2012 / 45 mins
    Leila and her two children, Sarah and Bilal, have left their native land to settle in France, in search of a better life and Leila's husband, who is a refugee in England. Survival is tough and gets tougher, when she finds a lead to her husband.
    The Road to Paradise

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    October 11, 2014 4:30 pm

    The Road to Paradise

    Harmony Gold
    November 7, 2014 3:30 pm


  7. Rock the Casbah

    Laila Marrakchi / Narrative / Morocco / 2013 / 100 mins
    With a powerhouse Arab cast, Rock the Casbah is a family drama set one summer in Tangiers. A family comes together for three days, following the death of the family patriarch. Swapping their swimsuits for djellabas, emotions run particularly high, when the youngest daughter Sofia, arrives from New York. As the order once maintained by the deceased father breaks down and unravels, the women of the family are forced to face certain harsh truths.
    Closing Night: Rock the Casbah

    Grand Lake Theatre
    October 23, 2014 7:30 pm

    Rock the Casbah

    Harmony Gold
    November 7, 2014 8:00 pm


  8. Salvation Army

    Abdellah Taïa / Narrative / France, Morocco, Switzerland / 2014 / 82 mins
    Adapting his autobiographical novel, director Abdellah Taïa tells the story of a gay Moroccan boy finding self-realization and personal strength within a society that shuns him. Homosexuality, however, is not the only difficulty confronting Abdellah.
    Salvation Army

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 19, 2014 7:30 pm


  9. The Shebabs of Yarmouk

    Axel Salvatori-Sinz / Documentary / France, Syria / 2013 / 77 mins
    Boredom, idleness, discouragement, the possibility of exile. But also hope, dreams, ideals, and passion for art. That is what Salvatori-Sinz filmed in this first documentary essay, which captures the daily lives of Ala’a, Hassan, Samer, Tasneem and Waed, all of whom are in their early 20s. They are Shebabs, as third-generation Palestinian refugees born and raised in the Mukhayyam Yarmouk camp, on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, are known.
    I Exist / Shebabs of Yarmouk

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 21, 2014 9:00 pm

    I Exist / Shebabs of Yarmouk

    Harmony Gold
    November 9, 2014 12:00 pm


  10. Shorts Program 1

    Artists' Television Access
    October 15, 2014 7:00 pm