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Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema

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Date(s) - 06/01/2017 - 09/24/2017
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Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema offers visitors a snapshot of the golden age of Arab cinema. The exhibition is free with Museum admission and opens in the Lower Level Gallery at AANM on June 1, 2017 and closes Sept. 24, 2017. The opening reception on Saturday, June 3, 2017 coincides with the 12th annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) a tCinetopia, providing festival attendees a unique opportunity to contextualize emerging films from the Arab World with the films and poster designs of their predecessors. The reception is free and open to the public, and will feature a special speaker, a gallery stroll with Detroit Symphony Orchestra performers and light refreshments.

Since the 1970s, Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh of Beirut has been scouring cinema houses in search of long-forgotten Arab cinema posters –  salvaging hard-to-find print media dating back to the early 1930s. Drawing from Jaoudeh’s collection of over 2,000 posters,Safar highlights the themes of exoticization, sexuality and danger in the context of popular poster design and illustration styles of the era. The collection challenges western stereotypes of the Arab World, while revealing the influence of early Hollywood on Arab cinema.

For more information on Safar and to RSVP to the opening reception click HERE.

For full Arab Film Festival schedule, details and registration, click HERE.

Made possible in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Kresge Foundation.

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