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Arab Film Festival 2014


  1. 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

  2. In Her Eyes

    Sara Saber / Narrative / UAE / 2013 / 18 mins
    Two characters a widow and her daughter fill their lives with poetry and art, when life was easier in the past and art was much more appreciated. Twenty years later, the daughter decides to leave the house. The mother then sells the family history yet dies shortly afterwards.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 1

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

  3. 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

  4. Mariam’s Chance

    Hanadi Elyan / Narrative / Jordan / 2013 / 15 mins
    Sana is a single woman living on her own, afraid of taking chances.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 2

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Pink Bullet

    Ramzi Hazboun / Narrative / Palestine / 2014 / 11 mins
    Ali wakes up jumbled by the construction noise coming from outside, and the disturbing dream he just had. Little did he know that his day would be shuddery as the way it started, yet with little twists.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 1

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

  8. 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

  9. Rest in Peace

    Dina Abd Elsalam / Narrative / Egypt / 2013 / 15 mins
    Two elderly sisters find it difficult to sleep after one of them just lost her husband. On a night of mourning and loss, Quranic recital, prayers, and rosary beads are commonplace, but the night is suffocating and things eventually take an unexpected turn.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 2

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

  10. 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