14th ARAB FILM FESTIVAL EXAMINES HOME, COMMUNITY, DIASPORA

Cannes, Sundance festival winners among the lineup

Detroit teen in the cast of film making Michigan premiere

Dearborn, Mich. (May 23, 2019) – Films earning acclaim on the international festival circuit are among those featured at the Arab American National Museum’s (AANM) 14th Arab Film Festival (AFF), June 7-16, 2019, with screenings at the Dearborn museum, in Detroit and in Ann Arbor.

Among the festival’s leading titles are:

Capernaum, winner, Jury Prize and nominee, Palme d’Or at 2018 Cannes Film Festival and nominee, Best Foreign Film, 2019 Academy Awards.

Yomeddine, winner, Francois Chalais Award and nominee for both Camera d’Or and Palme d’Or, all at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Sofia, winner, Un Certain Regard Screenplay Prize, 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and a Michigan premiere.

Dunya’s Day, winner, Short Film Jury Award for International Fiction and nominee, Best Short Film Grand Jury Prize, both at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and a Michigan premiere.

This year’s AFF features more than 15 films making their Michigan premieres, including Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, directed by Susan Youssef. It’s the story of a 17-year-old outsider in Arkansas dealing with high-school tension and her jailed father, taking solace in writing poetry, fancying a boy and riding a motorcycle.

Among the cast of Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf is Detroit resident Maram Aljahmi, 14, a 9th grader at Voyageur College Preparatory High School in Detroit, who earned the role during a 2014 casting call held at AANM. She plays Jinane, the title character’s younger sister.

The AFF brings the perspective of marginalized voices to the fore. This year’s curated selection of films explores stories related to home, community and diaspora. Among the four programs of short films is a new offering designed especially for children and families, including post-screening theater-style games and crafts.

“The common denominator in all this year’s films is their depiction of reality, of daily life in the Arab world or in Arab American communities,” says festival curator Dave Serio.

“This festival presents the Arab and Arab American experience in its truest, purest form, without sensationalizing. These communities are not monolithic – they are multi-dimensional and ever changing,” Serio says.

All AFF films are subtitled in English. See film descriptions, schedule and ticket information below and at the festival’s new website, www.aanmfilmfest.org, for complete information.

AFF screenings take place at three venues: most at the Aliya Hassan Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; with additional screenings at the Detroit Film Theatre at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; and State Theatre, 233 S. State St., Ann Arbor.

The 14th Arab Film Festival is made possible in part by Saudi Aramco, Ford, and Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.

AANM is grateful for the support of these partners: Cinema Lamont; Michigan Theater; Arab American Heritage Council; Detroit Film Theatre at Detroit Institute of Arts; ACCESS’ Campaign to Take on Hate; Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Dearborn Centennial Library; Palestinian Youth Movement; Dearborn Community Fund; and Stories Never Told.

14th Arab Film Festival TICKETS + PASSES

Tickets are available online at www.aanmfilmfest.org and at the door.

AANM Members Students/Seniors General public

Single ticket = $9 Single ticket = $10 Single ticket = $12

4-pack tickets = $30 4-pack tickets = $35 4-pack tickets = $40

Festival pass = $80 Festival pass = $90 Festival pass = $100

SPECIAL PRICING FOR FILMS + FUN: A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PROGRAM, which includes crafts and theater-style games: $5 children (recommended for kids up to age 15), FREE for adult Museum Members and FREE for adult general public.

14th annual Arab Film Festival TITLES

Capernaum

Capernaum

Dir: Nadine Labaki

2018/Lebanon, USA/131 min./R

A gutsy, streetwise child flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets and takes care of an Ethiopian refugee and her baby son. Made with a cast of non-professionals whose lives closely parallel their roles.

Winner, Jury Prize, and nominee, Palme d’Or, 2018 Cannes Film Festival; nominee, Best Foreign Film, 2019 Academy Awards.

Capernaum is not just a film, but a rallying cry…”

–The New York Times

Capernaum2

FILMS + FUN: A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PROGRAM
Followed by crafts and theater-style games for kids

Recommended for children up to age 15 with parents/guardians


Trapped

Dir: Mohamed Maged

2018/Kuwait, USA/3 min./G

1,001 Days

Dir: Aisha Al-Jadaih

2017/Qatar/12 min./G

Red

Dir: Kholood Al Ali

2017/Qatar/12 min./G

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SHORT DOC BLOCK

The Battle of Jerash U.S. PREMIEREDir: Carlos Cabrera (in attendance)
2018/Jordan/25 min./PG

Colors of Resistance MICHIGAN PREMIEREDir: Areeb Zuaiter (in attendance)
2019/Palestine, USA/30 min./PG

Yemen: The Silent War MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Sufian Abulohom

2018/Yemen//11 min./PG-13

Followed by director talkback with Carlos Cabrera and Areeb Zuaiter

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ARAB WORLD SHORTS: VOICES FROM THE HOMELAND

Black Mamba MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Amel Guellaty

2017/Tunisia/20 min./PG-13

The Dance of Amal MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Rami Al Rabih

2018/Lebanon, Czech Republic/8 min./PG

Departure MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Ibi Ibrahim

2017/Yemen, Jordan/9 min./PG-13


Mosul 980
MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Ali Mohammed Saeed

2019/Iraq, USA/10 min./PG-13

Aziza MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Soudade Kaadan

2019/Syria, Lebanon/13 min./PG-13


Nadia’s Visa
MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Hanadi Elyan

2018/Jordan, USA//18 min./PG-13

Dunya_s Day Still 1

Dunya’s Day MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Raed Alsemari

2018/Saudi Arabia/14 min./PG-13

Dunya_s Day Still 3

Yomeddine
Dir: A.B. Shawky

2018/Egypt/97 min./PG-13

Following the death of his wife, a man cured of leprosy leaves the Egyptian desert colony where he has lived since childhood in search of his roots, joined by a Nubian orphan.

Winner, Francois Chalais Award, Cannes FF; nominee, Caméra d’Or + Palme d’Or, 2018 Cannes Film Festival

“One of the more remarkable characters in recent cinema.”

–Indiewire

ARAB AMERICAN SHORTS: DIASPORIC NARRATIVES

Salam MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Claire Fowler

2018/USA, United Kingdom//13 min./PG-13

Generation One

Dir: Sohib Boundaoui (in attendance)

2018/USA/15 min./PG

Displaced

Dir: Mojdeh Ghanbri

2018/USA/10 min./PG-13

Same, Old MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Haya Alghanim

2018/USA/7 min./PG 13

Brothers MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Mike Mosallam

2018/USA/9 min./PG

Producer Alex Lampsos in attendance

Yallah Habibi

Dir: Nora Hawari

2018/USA/11 min./PG-13

Bodega MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Rebecca Halfon

2018/USA/12 min./PG-13

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Sofia MICHIGAN PREMIEREDir: Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi

2018/Morocco, France, Qatar/80 min./PG-13

A young woman in Casablanca breaks the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock and is given 24 hours to identify the father before the hospital informs the authorities.

Winner – Un Certain Regard Screenplay Prize, 2018 Cannes Film Festival

“Benm’barek’s lean, nuanced script clearly picks apart class hypocrisy within Moroccan society…”
Variety

Mafak (Screwdriver) MICHIGAN PREMIEREDir: Bassam Jarbawi

2018/Palestine, USA, Qatar/108 min./R

A young man whose basketball teammate is killed in crossfire is captured by Israeli forces, tortured and released years later. Paraded as a hero, he feels like a fraud, unable to distinguish reality from hallucination.

Winner, Best Feature Film + Best Film at 2018 Bosphorus Film Festival

“…at its best when focusing on Ziad’s problems integrating back into the life of the community.”

–Variety

Weldi (Dear Son) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia

2018/Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar/100 min./PG-13

A Tunisian couple’s beloved only son, preparing for his high school exams, suffers repeated migraine attacks but just as his condition improves, he disappears without a trace.

“…moves beyond tragedy and becomes a quietly absorbing tribute to the power of human resilience.”

–Hollywood Reporter

Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Iara Lee

2015/Western Sahara/61 min./PG-13

Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in Western Sahara, the end of European rule gave way to a new occupation, by Morocco. More than four decades later, the Sahrawi people face arrests, torture and disappearances for demanding their independence.

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf MICHIGAN PREMIEREDir: Susan Youssef
2019/Lebanon, Canada, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, USA/84 min./R

A 17-year-old outsider in Arkansas dealing with high school tension and her jailed father takes solace in writing poetry, fancying a boy and riding a motorcycle.

Maram Aljahmi as Jinane in Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf courtesy of AANM

Among the cast is Detroit resident Maram Aljahmi, 14, a 9th grader at Voyageur CollegeMaram Alhahmi portrait Preparatory High School in Detroit, who earned the role during a 2014 casting call held at AANM. She plays Jinane, the title character’s younger sister.

+ short: Beyond the Veil (at AANM screening only)Dir: Sandy Ismail (in attendance for talkback)

2018/USA/10 min./PG-13

 

14th annual Arab Film Festival SCHEDULE

Schedule subject to change; visit www.aanmfilmfest.org for the latest information.

Friday, June 7

7:30 p.m. Capernaum @ AANM

Saturday, June 8

11 a.m. Films + Fun! Family-friendly program @ AANM

1 p.m. SHORT DOC BLOCK @ AANM

3 p.m. SECRET SCREENING TBA @ AANM

7 p.m. ARAB AMERICAN SHORTS: DIASPORIC NARRATIVES @ AANM

9 p.m. Festival Opening Reception @ AANM

Sunday, June 9

11 a.m. Yommedine @ AANM

1:30 p.m. Sofia @ AANM

3:30 p.m. Mafak (Screwdriver) @ AANM

7 p.m. Weldi (Dear Son) @ State Theatre, Ann Arbor

Tuesday, June 11

7 p.m. Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf @ State Theatre, Ann Arbor

Wednesday, June 12

6 p.m. ARAB WORLD SHORTS: VOICES FROM THE HOMELAND @ Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit

Institute of Arts

8 p.m. Weldi (Dear Son) @ AANM

Thursday, June 13

6 p.m. Sofia @ Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts

Yommedine_2

8 p.m. Yommedine @ AANM

Yommedine_4

Friday, June 14

3 p.m. Mafak (Screwdriver) @ AANM

8:30 p.m. ARAB WORLD SHORTS: VOICES FROM THE HOMELAND @ AANM

Saturday, June 15

11 a.m. Weldi (Dear Son) @ AANM

3 p.m. Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara @ AANM

MarjounATFH

7:30 p.m. Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf + short: Beyond the Veil@ AANM

Sofia2

10 p.m. Sofia @ AANM

Sofia

Sunday, June 16

11 a.m. FILMS + FUN: A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PROGRAM @ AANM

3 p.m. ARAB AMERICAN SHORTS: DIASPORIC NARRATIVES @ AANM

Schedule subject to change; visit www.aanmfilmfest.org for the latest information.

 

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