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AANM's Arab Film Festival taking place June 3-12

posted on: May 24, 2016

AANM's Arab Film Festival taking place June 3-12

The Lebanese box office sensation What About Tomorrow – consisting of old 8mm footage of performances of legendary singer/writer Ziad Rahbani’s play of the same name  ̶  will make its U.S. premiere during the Arab American National Museum’s 2016 Arab Film Festival, part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival June 3-12, 2016, at venues throughout southeast Michigan.

Leyla Bouzid’s award-winning film As I Open My Eyes makes its Michigan premiere, offering a glimpse of conditions for Tunisian youth before the Jasmine Revolution.

The Arab World’s first all-women race-car driving team revs up in Amber Fares’ high-speed documentary Speed Sisters.

Several Yemeni films are offered as part of a program sponsored by the Yemen Peace Project. The award-winning film, I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, tells the story of the little girl who made headlines in 2009 for divorcing her husband who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse.

Another Yemeni featured film, Shake the Dust, chronicles the powerful influence of breakdancing and music around the world from Uganda to Cambodia, Yemen, and Colombia.

Psychological thriller Zinzana will also be featured at the Arab Film Festival. The film depicts the reactions of a madman, tortured by visions of his ex-wife, and a bloodbath occuring before his eyes.

On the Bride’s Side is an emotionally charged story of Palestinians and Syrians in Italy, hoping to get to Sweden for refuge. Local Italians help the group by faking a wedding, which brings out personal stories and humanity that connects these individuals from different backgrounds.

Intimate Spaces: Arab Film Festival Short Films takes a look into six intimate moments in the Arab World from taxi cabs, to bedrooms, to the mind. The films portray the daily struggles of Arabs living in complex societies.

Click HERE for schedule and to buy tickets online.


Compiled by Arab America