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Arab Film Festival 2014


  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. 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

  3. 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

  4. Egyptian Sons

    Tania Kamal-Eldin / Documentary / Egypt / 2014 / 30 mins
    Egyptian Sons juxtaposes the daily lives of two preteen boys from two different cultural "places” in Egypt. Abdallah is a single child from Cairo living with his mother; and Islam is from a village oasis living with his large family.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 1

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Growing Home

    Faisal Attrache / Documentary / Jordan, USA / 2014 / 14 mins
    Amid Syria's refugee crisis that has displaced nine million people, a Syrian barber struggles to maintain normality in the Zaatari Refugee Camp.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 2

    Artists' Television Access
    October 15, 2014 9:00 pm

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. High Hopes

    Guy Davidi / Documentary / Palestine / 2014 / 14 mins
    In 1997-1998, many Bedouin refugees living under Israeli Occupation were forcibly displaced by Israel to a garbage dump. The short is made from archive material of the initial displacements and the corresponding expansion of the Ma'ale Adumim settlement.