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2020 San Diego Arab Film Festival Set to Open on March 27 with Arab Blues

Date(s) - 03/27/2020 - 03/29/2020
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The San Diego Arab Film Festival announced its line up and schedule for 2020. It will open on March 27 with the Tunisian film Arab Blues, a comedy about a Tunisian woman who, after living in Paris for 10 years, returns to Tunis to set up a psychotherapy practice.  This rich premise provides many opportunities to look at issues of coming home, breaking taboos, building community and navigating bureaucracy, all under the watchful eye of a local  cop.Arab Blues is one of 9 feature films and 7 shorts that will be featured during the Festival, which will take place entirely at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Other highlights include the first ever full-length animated film from Egypt (The Knight and the Princess) and 2020 Oscar submission from Morocco (Adam) and Lebanon (1982).  This year’s festival also features several films from the Arab diaspora, including Spain, Germany, France, Canada and the US.

The festival will offer Festival passes for all 10 screenings, 3-screening ticket packages, and tickets for individual screenings.

Individual tickets are $12 General and $7 Student for evening screenings and $10 General and $5 Student for Saturday matinees. Three ticket packages are $33. Festival Passes are $100.

For screenings on Fridays and Saturdays, Palestinian dinners are available for $15/plate. Dinner prices include coffee, tea, water, dessert and sales tax. For Sunday screenings, Falafel sandwiches, dessert and coffee, tea and water for $10.

The schedule of presentation of the films is :
Friday, March 27
7:30 PM: Arab Blues (Tunisia, France)
Saturday, March 28
2:45 PM: The Knight and the Princess (Egypt)
6:00 PM: 1982 (Lebnanon)
8:30 PM: Le Sang des Loups (Algeria)
Sunday, March 29
3:45 PM: Mirrors of Diaspora (UK, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden)
6:00 PM: When We Are Born (Egypt)
Friday, April 3
7:30 PM: The Journey of the Others (Palestine) and Ambience (Palestine)
Saturday, April 4
3:00 PM: Shorts Program (Tunisia, Syria, Germany, Spain, Canada, UAE, US)
6:15 PM: Soumaya (France)
8:45 PM: Adam (Morocco)
The schedule for food service is:
Buffet-style Arabic dinner, including meat and vegetarian options, coffee, tea, water and dessert:
Friday, March 27: 6:15 PM-7:30 PM
Saturday, March 28: 4:30 PM-8:30 PM
Friday, April 3: 6:15 PM-7:30 PM
Saturday, April 4: 4:30-8:45
Falafel sandwich, coffee, tea, water and dessert:
Sunday, March 29: 5:15 PM-6:00 PM

Tickets are on sale now.

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