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Arab Film Festival 2014


  1. I Exist

    Ahmed Abdelnaser / Documentary / Egypt, Syria / 2014 / 14 mins
    Syrians and their children in displaced camps after their homes and schools have been damaged, three years on the borders.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Journey of a Freedom Fighter

    Mohammed Moawia / Documentary / Palestine / 2014 / 30 mins
    Rabea Turkman goes on a journey from armed resistance fighter to cultural resistance fighter. He joined the armed resistance during the Second Palestinian Intifada, and then at the recommendation of a fellow fighter, decides to join the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 2

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Lubnan

    Moussa Shabandar / Documentary / Lebanon, UK / 2012 / 23 mins
    The film explores the physical fabric that makes up Lebanon today, taking the audience on a journey through some of the elements that have come to define the country over the years and displays them as they are in their current form.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. The Return of the Repressed

    Aissa and Kahina Rabbaoui / Documentary / Germany, Morocco / 2014 / 22 mins
    A resistance fighter and philosopher, Abdelkrim El Khattabi in 1920 succeeded in establishing a republic, which defied Spanish and French occupation. Following the discovery of large deposits of iron ore near Melilla, North Morocco, the population was forced to work in the mines in order to satisfy the needs of major industrial corporations. A struggle inevitably occurred.
    Return of the Repressed

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 18, 2014 1:00 pm