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Arab Film Festival 2014


  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Siham

    Cyril Aris / Narrative / Lebanon / 2013 / 13 mins
    A Lebanese couple are expecting a baby and told that their future daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome. The wife resorts to her religion, finding the strength to accept whatever God sends her, while the husband pushes to get an abortion.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 2

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

  4. Sled

    Yassine el Idrissi / Narrative / Morocco / 2013 / 12 mins
    Ismail is an eight year old child living with his sister in a mud house in the Atlas Mountains. After the death of their parent, Ismail starts to live his life the way he wants to, to the dismay of his sister.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 1

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

  5. They are the Dogs

    Hicham Lasri / Narrative / Morocco / 2014 / 85 mins
    A television crew stumbles across the story of an old man, Majhoul, whose tragic tale dates back to 1981 during upheavals in Morocco, where he was arrested. Released 30 years later in 2011, he is now trying to come to terms with a new reality. The TV crew decides to report his journey as he sets off on a quest to find his family and his place in this new world.
    They are the Dogs

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 17, 2014 1:00 pm

  6. Though I know the River is Dry

    Omar Robert Hamilton / Narrative / Palestine / 2013 / 19 mins
    The film tells the story of a man's return to Palestine years after making a decision to emigrate to the United States. The story is told through parallel timelines, interweaved with archival footage
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 1

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

  7. Transit Game

    Anna Fahr / Narrative / Canada, Lebanon / 2013 / 18 mins
    In the northern mountains of Lebanon, where echoes of war-ravaged Syria can be heard, this story of friendship and longing for home sheds light on the human cost of war and the endless road of exile.

  8. Under the Same Sun

    Sameh Zoabi / Narrative / Israel, Palestine, USA / 2013 / 84 mins
    Shaul, an Israeli, and Nizar, a Palestinian, seem to have little in common, but for a shared spirit of entrepreneurship. They create a solar company with plans to bring renewable energy to communities in the Palestinian territories. Support for their venture is difficult to gain. From families who question them, to community members who threaten them, and government policies that make collaboration nearly impossible, Shaul and Nizar face many obstacles.
    Under the Same Sun

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 17, 2014 7:00 pm

  9. The United

    Amin Matalqa / Narrative / Jordan / 2012 / 96 mins
    A legendary Egyptian football coach is brought back from retirement by his former star player to train a team of pan-Arab misfits in Jordan to compete against France in order to secure funding for their football academy.
    The United

    Harmony Gold
    November 8, 2014 3:30 pm

  10. Wishing Well

    Julia Finkernagel / Narrative / Afghanistan, Germany / 2014 / 15 mins
    Strong-willed development aid worker Karla comes to Afghanistan in order to build a well but soon realizes that her western notion of what is good for people is being evaluated totally different in another culture.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program 1

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