Showing posts with label Arab Film Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arab Film Festival. Show all posts

Saturday, January 5, 2019

ِA Day in San Francisco with Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar


Dr. Ramzi Salti (middle) with Khaled Mouzanar (left) and Nadine Labaki (right)

December 2018 was a month to remember because I finally got to meet and interview two amazing Lebanese artists whom I have long admired:  Lebanese Director Naine Labaki and her husband Composer/Producer Khaled Mouzanar.  The couple was in San Francisco to promote Labaki's new film Capernaum.

Here are some pictures and short video clips from that day--including some that were taken at an exclusive screening of Capernaum by the AFMI which overseas the Arab Film Festival.  Here I must thank Serge Bakalian and Sony Picture Classics for making this interview possible.  Shukran also to Ahmad Anka for taking the pics + videos.

Pics from my interview with Nadine Labaki in San Francisco:
Listen to the interview at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/nadinelabaki



Pics from my interview with Khaled Mouzanar in San Francisco:



Short video message by Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzannar (in Arabic) for my Stanford students + Arabology radio show listeners 
Watch below or at https://youtu.be/dttkISpBjWM


Pics from AFMI private screening of Capernaum in San Francisco featuring the film's star, child actor Zain Al Rafeea:





Pics from Q&A session following film screening:
AFMI's Serge Bakalian (right) with the Lebanese trio


Video clip from Discussion following film screening:
Watch below or at https://youtu.be/jX5c3eHS9Ds


Film trailer for Capernaum, currently playing in US theaters: https://youtu.be/ULUo0048xZE



Two scenes from Capernaum




For more info about the Oscar nominated film Capernaum see https://sonyclassics.com/capernaum/





Friday, November 23, 2018

Ramzi Salti Moderates Film Discussion of "From Baghdad to the Bay" in Oakland, California

Watch the talk at https://youtu.be/9HVkecq0KMo

This discussion following the screening of the award winning documentary "From Baghdad to the Bay" at the Arab Film Festival 2018 was recorded on October 19, 2018 at the New Parkway in Oakland, California. It was moderated by Dr. Ramzi Salti and Co-presented by Human Rights Watch San Francisco and the International Rescue Committee in Northern California. Q&A session was moderated by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti ft Director Erin Palmquist + star of the film Ghazwan Alsharif + Christine Lemonda, Deputy Director of Programs at the International Rescue Committee in Northern California. Special thanks to Serge Bakalian and The Arab Film and Media Institute for organizing the Arab Film Festival, the nation’s oldest and largest Festival of Arab films! Also many thanks to Alexander Farrow (AFF) and to Scott Schwerdtfeger for allowing me to use video highlights from his footage. "From Baghdad to The Bay" follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military. After being wrongfully accused of being a double agent he is ostracized from his family and country. The film follows Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You can watch discussion excerpts below or at https://youtu.be/9HVkecq0KMo


You can watch the trailer for the film below or at https://vimeo.com/155901926

Monday, April 4, 2016

Arab Shorts: Six Outstanding Films at Stanford on April 7

Join the Arab Film Festival for an evening of Arab Cinema with The Markaz: Resource Center at Stanford University on Thursday April 7, 2016 from 5:30-7:30.  This event is FREE and will include a screening, discussion and reception with refreshments. Please RSVP here to reserve your seat.



Featuring six outstanding shorts from a new generation of filmmakers, this Arab Film Festival series will showcase diverse voices and approaches in storytelling emerging from the Middle East to the Bay Area.

STUDIO BEIRUT (Lebanon)
CAFE REGULAR, CAIRO (Egypt)
AVE MARIA (Palestine, France, Germany)
TRANSIT GAME (USA, Lebanon, Canada)
BAHIYA AND MAHMOUD (USA, Jordan, Lebanon)
PHATWA: THE NARCICYST (Canada)

Screening to be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Ramzi Salti aka DJ Ramzi, host of the podcast & radio program Arabology.

This event is possible thanks to: Arab Film Festival, The Markaz: Resource Center, OpenXChange, Asian American Activities Center, Arab Students Association at Stanford, Arabic Language Program at Stanford, Bechtel International Center, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Muslim Student Union, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford Muslim Alumni Association, and the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT) 
WHERE: Cubberley Auditorium - 485 Lasuen Mall Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

Pictures from the event:

Dr. Ramzi Salti (left)  with Deana Nassar, Serge Bakalian (AFF)



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Arab Film Festival Joins Arab Cinema Center at the Berlinale


The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has revealed its list of partners and sponsors during Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) (11-21 February), the festival that witnessed the Center’s launch back in 2015. As part of a new strategy targeting more than 20 international festivals and film markets, the ACC opened the year with a strong participation at 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is operating as an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides Arab filmmakers with a professional window to connect with filmmakers from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes and provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others.

The Center’s activities vary between Film Market main wings, introduction sessions for Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, meetings with international organizations and festivals, in addition to releasing an ACC guide to be distributed among the Film Market visitors.

Encompassing 26 organizations and companies, the ACC list of partners include: Arab Cinema in Sweden- ACIS (Sweden), Arab Film Festival (USA), Arab Radio and Television Network-ART (Saudi Arabia), Birth Mark Films (Egypt), Crystal Dog (Egypt and UAE), Fortress Film Clinic (UAE), iProductions (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt and UAE), Malmo Arab Film Festival-MAFF (Sweden), Odeh Films (Palestine), Minaa (Jordan), MoviePigs (USA), Red Star (UK), Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), Royal Film Commission (Jordan), S Entertainment (Egypt), Salam PROD (Tunisia), Screen Institute Beirut-SIB (Lebanon), Seat 26 (Lebanon), Support Arab Cinema (UAE), Tharwa Productions (UAE), The Friends (Egypt), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Producers (Egypt), The Zayed University Middle East Film Festival-ZUMEFF (UAE), and TV.AE (UAE).

Previously, the ACC revealed its year-round partnership with Variety magazine as the Center’s media partner; in addition to a digital partnership with Festival Scope and a technology sponsorship with Striim.in to promote the ACC’s events in 2016.

During Berlinale, Variety magazine will offer its Best Arab Filmmaker of 2015 Award under the umbrella of the Center. The Center will also launch a magazine listing the partners, festivals and film markets hosting it this year and will also highlight the latest updates in the Arab film market.

Arab Cinema Center (ACC) opened the year with intensive activities at 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Netherlands, which ended on February 8th 2016. As part of the new strategy in 2016, Arab Cinema Center will take part in more than 20 international festivals and film markets, including Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) (14-17 March). More details about festivals and film markets where ACC will be present will be revealed on a later date.

source: iloubnan.info

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oct 13 Arabology Podcast Ft New Indie Arabic Music + Arab Film Festival



Arabology 9.11 aired live on KZSU 90.1 FM on Oct 13, 2015 and included tons of new indie music from the Arab world + interview with the Arab Film Festival's Artistic Director Deana Nassar.

Listen to podcast below or at soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology911



Playlist for Arabology 13 October 2015 DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label)
1. DJ Pretentious/Get Lucky (Oriental Chillout Remix)/DJ Pretentious
2. Rayess Bek/ Emta Hataref (Asmahan)/ Love and Revenge/ Wael Kodeih
3. Jowan Safadi/Untie Me/Single/Jowan Safadi
4. Mashrou' Leila/3 Minutes/Single/Mashrou' Leila
5. Alif/Dars Min Karma Sutra/ Aynama Rtama/ Nawa Recordings
6. Mohamed Mansour (ft Nathalie Saba)/ Ahlamna El helwa (Sweet Dreams)/ Single/100 Copies
7. Interview with Deana Nassar/ Artistic Director of Arab Film Festival/ Arabology/KZSU
8. Interview with Deana Nassar/ Arab Film Festival Artistic Director/Arabology/KZSU
9. Mahmoud Badrawy/ Ighsil Albak (Cleanse Your Heart)/Single/Mahmoud Badrawy & Ahmad Shabaka
10. Ahmet Baglama /Outro/Opening of International Festival of Hammamat 2015/Ahmet Baglama & Groupe Mizrap
11. Zaman Fabriq/ Ya Mal Isham/ Zaman Fabriq/ Buda Musique
12. Terez Sliman + Friends/ Snoring Moon/ Zahr El Lawz (Almond Blossom)/ Terez Sliman & Yazan Ibrahim
13. Ruba Shamshoum/ Madeleine/ Single/ Ruba Shamshoum
14. El Container/Shouf El Youm/ The Widow Maker/ RJ Music Production
15. Who Killed Bruce Lee/ Betwannis Bik (Warda cover)/Live/ Who Killed Bruce Lee (Lebanon)
16. El Morabba3/El Mokhtalifeen/ Single/ El Morabba3
17. 47 Soul/ Intro to Shamstep/ Shamstep/ 47 Soul
18. Al Bsmeh Al 3Rbieh/ Waqif 3ala El Hudud/ Al Bsmeh Al 3Rbieh
19. Kabreet/ Enta Arabi/ Single/ Ibi Ibrahim
19. Zeina Barhoum/Lamma Bada Yatathanna/Alcantara/The Arabic Soprano

Listen to podcast below or at soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology911



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

'Heritages' and 'Arwad' Film Screenings in Palo Alto on Oct 22, 2014

The Arab Film Festival presented TWO of its films in PALO ALTO on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014.  Schedule and tickets at http://aff2014.arabfilmfestival.org/schedule/

HERITAGES
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00pm
Aquarius Theatre

Heritages by Philippe Aractingi
Director Philippe Aractingi sees himself having to leave his motherland to settle elsewhere for the third time in his life. While he and his family are evacuated to France aboard a military ship, he realizes that his ancestors have also been fleeing from wars or massacres for five generations now. All of them have been exiled at least once. Gripped by the burning desire to tell his own children the past that is “not to be told,” Philippe sets out on a journey through History to understand and pass on its lessons. Here, his ancestors’ itinerary is confronted by that of Middle Eastern history: the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the French mandate, the creation of Israel, Pan-Arabism, the Lebanese civil war and beyond. His exploration leads him to the universal questions: Can one find peace in exile, and should unshackle ourselves from our heritage to be free?

Heritages trailer at http://youtu.be/WSGpAqDP8Ik


ARWAD
Wednesday, October 22, 9:15pm
Aquarius Theatre


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, a confrontation between Gabrielle and Marie becomes inevitable.

Arwad Trailer at http://youtu.be/5crQLPp4OwE


Many thanks to Serge Bakalian and the whole AFF team for making these screenings possible. You can get tickets at http://aff2014.arabfilmfestival.org/schedule/

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Arab Film Festival Begins Oct 10 in SF + Cherien Dabis in Person


THE ARAB FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUESTS AND FULL PROGRAM FOR AFF 2014, OCTOBER 10-23

Director/Writer/Actor Cherien Dabis will be in attendance at the 18th annual Arab Film Festival Opening Night and San Francisco Premiere of her film May in the Summer.


Cherien Dabis, Nadine Malouf, and Alia Shawkat in MAY IN THE SUMMER


SAN FRANCISCO, October 8 - The 18th annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) has announced special guests for its Opening Night on Friday, October 10, with the San Francisco premiere of May in the Summer. Director/Writer/Actor Cherien Dabis will be in attendance, and AJ+ Presenter/Producer Dena Takruri will host the evening, leading a Q&A with Dabis after the screening. Opening Night festivities include a pre-screening reception, 6:00pm, and an after party at the Churchill.

Cherien Dabis is an award-winning filmmaker, who received her MFA in Film from Columbia University. Her first short film, "Make a Wish," premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and she has worked as a writer, story editor, and co-producer with the television series The L Word (2006 -2008). Dabis made her feature film debut with Amreeka, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to critical appraise.

Dena Takruri is a Presenter and Producer at AJ+, the new digital channel from the Al Jazeera Media Network. Previously, Takruri was a host and producer at HuffPost Live as well as Al Jazeera Arabic, where she produced the flagship political talk show, "Min (From) Washington."



OPENING NIGHT: MAY IN THE SUMMER
San Francisco Premiere
Friday, October 10, 7:30 pm, Castro Theatre

May has it all - a celebrated book, a sophisticated New York life, and a terrific fiancé to match. But when she heads to Amman, Jordan, to arrange her wedding, she lands in a bedlam of family chaos she thought she'd transcended long before. Her headstrong, born-again Christian mother so disapproves of her marrying a Muslim that she threatens to boycott the wedding. Her younger sisters lean on her like children, and her estranged father suddenly comes out of the woodwork. Meanwhile, doubts about her marriage surface, and May's carefully structured life spins out of control. As with her debut feature, Amreeka (2009), Cherien Dabis breathes life into a world rarely depicted on screen, where tradition, burgeoning modernity, and Western imitation deliciously collide and prove that nothing is quite what it seems. Taking a star turn in the title role, Dabis expertly captures the knotty dynamics of a household of women, mining the inherent humor and pathos as her irresistible characters stumble through rocky familial and romantic terrain. The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf, Hiam Abbas, and Alexander Siddig.



Cherien Dabis (left) and Dena Takruri at AFF Opening Night, Oct 10, 2014

Dr. Ramzi Salti with Cherien Dabis, Oct 10, 2014


FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
As the largest showcase of Arab films and filmmakers, the AFF 2014 program features 55 films representing 25 countries. This year the schedule includes 28 US premieres and 19 films from women directors. Complete film and scheduling information is available online at aff2014.arabfilmfestival.org.

In addition to presenting new films from both established and emerging filmmakers, AFF will inaugurate its retrospective series, Arab Classics, with Youssef Chahine's legendary Cairo Station (1958). Chahine received international recognition when his masterpiece depicting the sexuality, repression, madness, and violence amongst society's marginalized was screened at the 1958 Berlin Film Festival and nominated for a Golden Bear.

ARAB CLASSICS: CAIRO STATION
Retrospective Series Inauguration
Monday, October 13, 7:00pm, Roxie Theatre
Special 50th Anniversary 35mm print

In Cairo Station, two populations briefly intersect: those passing through Cairo's grand urban train station and those who live and work there. Among the latter is Kinawai, a crippled newspaper man (played by Director Youssef Chahine) who becomes increasingly obsessed with Hunuma, a beautiful young woman who sells drinks and is engaged to one of the station's respected luggage-carriers. Mixing comedy, tragedy, and musical elements, Chahine's controversial tragicomedy is an examination of the latent desires and violence embedded in Egypt's social stratification.

GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION
AFF 2014 will take place over 14 days from October 10-23 in the Bay Area: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Palo Alto. Films will be screened in San Francisco at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street), Opera Plaza Cinema (601 Van Ness Avenue), and Artists' Television Access (992 Valencia Street); in Oakland at The New Parkway (474 24th Street) and Grand Lake Theatre (3200 Grand Avenue); in Berkeley at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas (2230 Shattuck Avenue); and in Palo Alto at The Aquarius Theatre (430 Emerson Street). Abridged versions of the Festival will take place in Los Angeles from November 7-9 and in San Diego from November 20-22. AFF is supported in part by Wells Fargo and VISA.

FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Opening Night VIP film and party $60; film only $25. Advance Festival Pass VIP $175; general $150. 6 Flex Pass $60. Individual Tickets $12 for the general public; $10 for students/seniors. Opening Night, Advance Festival Passes, and 6 Flex Passes are available online now at arabfilmfestival.org/passes. Regular tickets are available online at aff2014.arabfilmfestival.org.

About the Arab Film Festival
The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history, and politics. For more information, visit arabfilmfestival.org.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Arab Film Festival Launches New Short Film Fest in San Francisco (April 9, 16, 23)


http://www.arabshorts.org/

The Arab Film Festival is launching a new International Short Film Series at Little Roxie Theater, San Francisco on Wednesdays, April 9, 16 and 23, 2014 (7 pm).

Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary, experimental and animated short films. It focuses on current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world by bringing the best short films to our American audiences.

The series debuts on Wednesday, April 9 with the “Iraqi 35mm Workshop” showcase, which will premiere the work of young filmmakers such as Ahmed Yassin’s Children of God, Luay Fadhil’s Lipstick, Meedo Ali’s Children of War, Mohamad Hayal’s Happy Birthday and Yahya Al-Allaq’s War Canister.

One of the short films that will screen on April 16, 2014 is Sasha's Li's The 40th Day, a 5-minute short film that is based on my published short story 'Vivian and her Son' (you can read the original short story for free at this link).

The screenplay was adapted by Scott Eriksson , Managing Director for http://www.asiansonfilm.com/ and produced by Eric Chenjie Pan.

All films will be screened at the Little Roxie Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco and you get more info + buy tickets at http://www.arabshorts.org/

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Arab Film Festival Screens 2 Films at Stanford



The Arab Film Festival came to Stanford University for the first time on November 2, 2013 and screened two new amazing films that have received much critical acclaim this year: When Monaliza Smiled (Directed by Fadi Haddad) at 6 PM and Mars at Sunrise (Directed by Jessica Habie who was in attendance and participated in a discussion afterwards) at 8 PM. The films screened at Annenberg Auditorium (Cummings Art Building) and were free of charge.

The event was sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Stanford Language Center, Stanford University.  With special thanks to Professor Alexander Key for making this event possible.

Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti welcomes The Arab Film Festival to Stanford
(http://youtu.be/BhebiE6Yq-4)

Pictures from the event:


Dr. Ramzi Salti's opening remarks


Q & A session with Director Jessica Habie

DATE:  Saturday November 2, 2013 at 6 pm and 8 pm

LOCATION: Annenberg Auditorium, Crothers Way, Stanford University

PROGRAM

6:00 PM
When Monaliza Smiled, by Fadi Nader Haddad
Trailer at http://youtu.be/G-L8mQI1xVg


8:00 PM
Mars at Sunrise, by Jessica Habbie (plus Q&A with Director)
Trailer at http://vimeo.com/71063478


SYNOPSIS OF FILMS:

1) WHEN MONALIZA SMILED: Monaliza, a 37-year-old Jordanian woman unable to draw a smile, grew up with her grumpy, older, unmarried, agoraphobic sister, Afaf. After a 10 years wait, Monaliza finally gets a job in an archaic government department where she meets Hamdi, the jolly Egyptian tea guy. On her journey of transformation, Monaliza is confronted by a community of nosy and quirky stereotypes from the heart of the colorful city, Amman. (Free screening on Nov 2 at 6 pm)



2) MARS AT SUNRISE: A painter’s resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders. Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict. (Free screening on Nov 2 at 8 pm)

Mars at Sunrise Trailer HD from Mars At Sunrise on Vimeo.
The Festival for the Schools is a year-round series of special, FREE events for students and educators. It presents windows on the world that move students beyond the practice of learning about the Arab World. Instead, the films featured connect students to characters and situations that they can relate to and that help them to begin to learn from within the Arab World through the eyes and ears of cutting-edge contemporary filmmakers.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Unfixed Itineraries: Film and Visual Culture from Arab Worlds (UC Santa Cruz)


October 25 – 26, 2013, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), UC Santa Cruz
For more information see: http://unfixed.ucsc.edu

A two-day symposium of scholars and artists at UCSC's DARC, and an exhibition of visual art at UCSC's Sesnon Gallery

This symposium on Arab film and visual culture emphasizes its plurality, the complex itineraries by which it is produced, and the multiple trajectories through which it can be experienced. Artists and scholars will visit from Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Europe and the US. Work presented will cover a wide area of forms, styles and thematic concerns. Featuring participation and work by:

Livia Alexander • Michael Allan • Ahmed Bouanani • Dore Bowen • Ali Cherri • Kay Dickinson • Tarek El-Ariss • Nouri Gana • John Greyson • Lamia Joreige • Hassan Khan • Marie El Khazen • Sunaina Maira • Nabil Maleh • Susette Min • Stefania Pandolfo • Larissa Sansour • Zineb Sedira • Jeffrey Skoller
With special guest: Moumen Smihi
Symposium screenings, panels and presentations will address topics such as: Movement and Extra-territoriality; Itineraries of Intertextuality; Past, Present and Future Itineraries; Narrative and non-Narrative Itineraries; Archives, Images, Memory.

Unfixed Itineraries Exhibition:
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
October 25 – December 10
Work by Hassan Khan, Zineb Sedira, Marie El Khazen
Reception October 25, 5 – 7pm
http://arts.ucsc.edu/sesnon

Related series:
Moumen Smihi, Poet of Tangier (Moroccan Director who guests on Arabology 10/17/13)
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
October 10 – 27
http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/smihi

Organizers:
Peter Limbrick Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media, UCSC (Guests on Arabology 10/17/13)
Omnia El Shakry Associate Professor, History, UC Davis

UCSC Steering Committee:
Shelby Graham, Director/Curator, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Soraya Murray, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media
Irene Lusztig, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media
Neda Atanasoski, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies
Jennifer Derr, Assistant Professor, History

Sponsors
The organizers wish to thank Porter College, the Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence, the Department of Feminist Studies, the UC Davis Division of Social Science, the UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences, and the other institutions listed below for their generous support of this event.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Oct 10 Arabology Podcast Spotlights Arab Film Festival

The 2nd episode of the 6th season of Arabology (aired Oct 10, 2013) includes music by Massar Egbari, Ziad Sahab & Yasmina Fayed, NO Blues, Salam, Mashrou' Leila, Breaking the Boundaries and Abdulrahman Mohammed, Yolla Khalife, Tania Saleh, Adel Salameh, May Nasr, Jadal.
Episode also includes interview with Serge Bakalian, Executive Director of the Arab Film Festival and Director Jessica Habie whose film 'Mars at Sunrise' will screen at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco on Oct 12, 2013.


Serge Bakalian and Director Jessica Habie at KZSU 90.1 FM


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Arab Film Festival in California Begins on October 11, 2012





The 16th Annual Arab Film Festival will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles from October 11th-21st, 2012.

Oct 11-14 San Francisco Oct 12-14 San Jose
Oct 19-21 Berkeley Oct 19-21 Los Angeles
Nov 16-17 San Diego

For more info see: http://www.arabfilmfestival.org/


SCHEDULE:

SAN FRANCISCO
Thursday
October 11th
Castro Theatre
6:00pm
Opening Night Reception
7:30pm
Awards Ceremony and Opening Film: Man Without A Cell Phone

Friday
October 12th
Embarcadero
1:15pm
Donor Opium / Here / Sacred Stones / The Power of Generations / More Than Smoke
3:00pm
Granny's Flags / Letter to Sasha / Fire on the Marmara
4:45pm
Farewell Exile / Rough Hands
7:00pm
Top Floor, Left Wing
9:00pm
Pegasus

Saturday
October 13th
Embarcadero
12:00pm
Soul / Private Sun / Popcorn / Teta
1:45pm
The Virgin, The Copts, and Me
3:30pm
Another Night On Earth / Words of Witness
6:00pm
Lust
8:30pm
Death for Sale

Sunday
October 14th
Embarcadero
12:00pm
Chronicle of the Years of Embers
3:30pm
The Suffering Grasses / Yamo
5:45pm
My Name Is Not Ali / The Green Line
7:45pm
Qarantina / Karama Has No Walls
SAN JOSE
BERKELEY
Friday
October 19th
Shattuck Cinemas
4:00pm
Words of Witness / Another Night On Earth
6:15pm
Fire on the Marmara / Private Sun / Granny's Flags
8:00pm
Qarantina / Here / The Power of Generations / More Than Smoke

Saturday
October 20th
Shattuck Cinemas
12:00pm
Sacred Stones / Fallujah : A Lost Generation?
2:00pm
Donor Opium / The War Around Us
4:00pm
Farewell Exile / Rabat
6:15pm
The Suffering Grasses / Yamo
8:30pm
Pegasus

Sunday
October 21st
Shattuck Cinemas
12:00pm
The Long Night
1:45pm
Roadmap to Apartheid
3:30pm
The Virgin, The Copts, and Me / Teta
5:45pm
Rough Hands
7:30pm
Papa Hedi - The Search for My Grandfather / The Legend / Popcorn / Beirut My Heart /I Wish We Were Dancers

LOS ANGELES
Friday
October 19th
Writers Guild of America Theater
8:00pm
Man Without a Cell Phone

Saturday
October 20th
Writers Guild of America Theater
11:00am
The Suffering Grasses / Yamo
1:15pm
The War Around Us / More Than Smoke / Here
3:15pm
Pegasus
5:15pm
Lust
7:45pm
Death for Sale

Sunday
October 21st
Writers Guild of America Theater
11:00am
My Name Is Not Ali / The Green Line
12:45pm
Roadmap to Apartheid
2:30pm
I Wish We Were Dancers / Rough Hands
4:30pm
Top Floor, Left Wing
6:30pm
Teta / The Virgin, The Copts, and Me
8:30pm
Qarantina

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sneak Peak at the Arab Film Festival 2012



Here is a sneak peak at only a couple of the fiulms that will screen at this year's Arab Film Festival which will take place on  October 11 - 21, 2012 in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Los Angeles.

The Virgin, The Copts and Me (Documentary)

Namir is a French filmmaker whose Coptic Christian parents moved to France in 1973. One day he watches a video of the Virgin Mary's apparition with his mother who, like millions of other Copts, sees the Virgin while he sees nothing. Skeptical, Namir travels to Egypt, interviewing Christian and Muslim witnesses claiming to see the 1968 apparition. Comedic moments abound from his French producer's exasperation as Namir veers from the prescribed documentary about inter-faith violence, to wrangling with his mother, a skeptic herself about his ability to not produce another failure, "just like your last." Best Arab Documentary 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Here is the trailer for this documentary:



Rough Hands (Narrative Feature)
Mustapha is a forty-year-old barber in Casablanca. His clients are retired high-ranking government officials and power brokers. On the side, Mustapha has an underground business "facilitating" paperwork, using his privileged access to grease the wheels of bureaucracy. Zakia is a thirty-year-old schoolteacher whose fiancé has immigrated to Spain. Longing to join him, she asks Mustapha to forge her papers and an unexpected destiny awaits. Populated by characters who must bend the system to get by, Mohamed Asli's follow-up to his acclaimed debut In Casablanca, Angels Don't Fly is a bold indictment of the type of society produced by a corrupt police state.
Here is the trailer for this film:

The Suffering Grasses (Documentary)
Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring and the complicated politics of the region, this documentary seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to refugee camps. While focusing on the plight of those caught in the crossfire of the hegemons, this film explores the motivations of its actors-the Ba'athist regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Free Syrian Army and other geopolitical players like the US, Israel, Russia, China, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, the Gulf countries... When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers. West Coast Premiere.
Here is the trailer for this film:

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
The festival could not happen if it weren't for the dedication of amazing and hard-working volunteers at the theaters! To indicate your interest in volunteer opportunities and find out more information, please send an email with phone number and preferred location to:

BAY AREA (San Francisco Oct 11-14, San Jose Oct 12-13, Berkeley Oct 19-21)
AFF Volunteer Coordinator: mazen@arabfilmfestival.org

LOS ANGELES (Oct 19-21)
AFF LA Coordinator: mike@arabfilmfestival.org


Fore more info about the festival see http://arabfilmfestival.org/
To purchase tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/262176

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