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Arab Film Festival 2014


  1. 3 Candles

    Ahmed Fouad Ismail / Narrative / Egypt / 2013 / 13 mins
    A night of 3 struggling poor brothers, living at isolated area, how can the big brother crossing the obstacles and achieve his goal through innovation, a little invention changes a lot.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 2

    Artists' Television Access
    October 15, 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. Central Market

    Saleh Nass / Narrative / Bahrain / 2014 / 11 mins
    A boy works his afternoons at the local fruit and vegetable market carrying groceries & delivering produce. He’s always searching for a quick buck to be made. An opportunity arises to make some ‘serious cash’ by trying to milk a small goat at a nearby pen.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 2

    Artists' Television Access
    October 15, 2014 9:00 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. The Dark Outside

    Darin Sallam / Narrative / Jordan / 2012 / 12 mins
    Nina is a 12 year old girl who lives in a strict and closed minded society. Her phobia of darkness is her greatest fear in life. One day at school, Nina goes through a series of events which make her realize that real darkness is not only the absence of light.

  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. 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

  10. 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