Showing posts with label Arabic Film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arabic Film. Show all posts

Friday, December 7, 2018

'The Migrant Kitchen' TV Show Celebrates the Man'ouche منقوشة

Watch at this link
The latest episode of the Emmy Award winning TV series The Migrant Kitchen (aired on December 5, 2018) highlighted the cuisines of two Palestinian women whose culinary skills have long received much critical acclaim in the San Francisco bay area. The episode was titled Man'ouche منقوشة  and showcased Chefs Reem Assil and Lamees Dahbour (aka Mama Lamees), both of whom have long attempted to use food to bring their homeland closer to Western tolerance and acceptance.

You can watch the trailer at this link or you can watch the whole show below or at https://www.kcet.org/shows/the-migrant-kitchen/episodes/manoushe


The show also included interviews with Stanford Lecturer/Radio Host Dr. Ramzi Salti + AROC Director Lara Kiswani.



You can also read this article about the show (featuring quotes by Dahbour, Assil, and Salti) at THIS LINK

Read full article at this link

"The Migrant Kitchen" is an Emmy®-winning food series that explores California’s booming food scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience. Visit the kitchens of those who have transformed the culinary landscape of the state, combining traditional ethnic cuisines and a fusion of new flavors and techniques to make it a food capital of the world. "The Migrant Kitchen" is produced in association with Life & Thyme.

For more info about the show, please see https://www.kcet.org/shows/the-migrant-kitchen

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ramzi Salti Interviews Director John Slattery (Video)


Watch video at https://youtu.be/3ZLrIHKsQ2w
Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti's April 2018 interview with John Slattery, Director of the film "Casablanca Mon Amour' الدار البيضاء حبي, is now available online.  The film explores the entwined relationship between Hollywood and the Arab World by focusing on portrayals of Arabs and/or Muslims in American cinema.  You can watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/3ZLrIHKsQ2w



This 50-minute talk includes a discussion of the film 'Beirut' (2:21), Jack Shaheen's 'Reel Bad Arabs' (7:39), Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki (10:45), the Oscar nominated Lebanese film 'The Insult' (11:38) and much more.

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 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!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Walk-Ins Welcome: Stories of Syrian Refugee Barbers


A documentary film and humanitarian project involving Syrian barbers now living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan as refugees and their attempt to maintain normality in the midst of the Syrian crisis.

Here is a short video clip about this film (http://youtu.be/ziW9rX2Fbd4) followed by more info below:



Over the course of the last two years, the crisis in Syria has killed over 100,000 people and forced over 2 million people to flee their native land and seek refuge in neighboring countries. As these figures continue to multiply daily, we lose sight of individual suffering, instead absorbed by the sheer, and increasingly abstract, multitude of the crisis.

Walk-Ins Welcome aims to personalize the struggles of these refugees through a documentary focused on the barbers of the Zaatari camp. Shadowing them throughout their day, the film will create portraits not just of nameless refugees, but of individuals. A barber serves customers from all walks of life each day and has his pulse on the community. No matter how difficult the situation gets, a person will always be in need of a haircut. When his customers come for a shave or a haircut, they are engaging in an act of maintaining normality, when life is anything but normal.

This project is both a documentary film and a humanitarian project whose goals are not political. If you are interested in supporting this film, please visit their Indiegogo page: at http://igg.me/at/wiw or check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/walkinswelcomefilm

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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