Date: 24 May 2014
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmud Shalaby
Country: France Language: French

Inspired by actual events, this gripping wartime espionage drama tells the little-known story of Muslim freedom fighters and a mosque that sheltered Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII. When Younes, a young and barely-literate Algerian immigrant, is arrested for black marketeering, he avoids jail by agreeing to become an informant, and spy on the activities of the Paris Grand Mosque. The authorities suspect that the mosque's rector, Ben-Ghabrit, is harboring and aiding Resistance fighters, as well as clandestinely helping North African Jews by providing them with shelter, safe passage and false certificates of Muslim identity. But at the mosque, Younes befriends Salim, a charismatic Algerian singer with a surprising secret, and as Younes discovers the hidden work of the mosque, he soon finds himself having to decide where his loyalties truly lie. A tense game of cat-and-mouse ensues in this absorbing tale of political and moral awakening, as Younes shifts from collaborator to full-fledged Resistance fighter.

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 Calgary Jewish Film Fesitval)

Date: 24 May 2013
Sub-genre: Comedy, Drama
Actors: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf
Country: Lebanon Language: Arabic, English, Russian

On the edge of a cratered road, a cortège-like procession of women solemnly makes its way towards the village cemetery. Takla, Amale, Yvonne, Afaf and Saydeh stoically brave the oppressive midday heat, clutching photographic effigies of their beloved menfolk, lost to a futile, protracted and distant war. Some of the women are veiled, others bear wooden crosses, but all are clad in black and united by a sense of shared grief. As they arrive at the cemetery gates, the procession divides into two congregations; one Muslim, the other Christian. Set against the backdrop of a war-torn country, "Where do we go now?" tells the heart-warming tale of a group of women's determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled, community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within. United by a common cause, the women's unwavering friendship transcends, against all the odds, the religious fault lines which crisscross their society and they hatch some extraordinarily inventive, and oftentimes comical, plans in order to distract the village's menfolk and defuse any sign of inter-religious tension. A series of chaotic incidents tests the women's ingenuity as they manage, with sass, to successfully stave off the fall-out from the distant war. But when events take a tragic turn, just how far will the women go in order to prevent bloodshed and turmoil?

(Synopsis courtesy of TFF 2011)

Date: 25 May 2013
Sub-genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actors: Hend El Fahem, Lotfi Bondka, Lotfi Abdelli
Country: Tunisia Language: Arabic, French

Aicha lives in a remote Tunisian mountain top village and dreams of a better life. After promising her the world, her boyfriend Mourad disappears and leaves Aicha in a state of confusion and despair. Meanwhile a doctor, Adam, arrives in this peaceful village to escape from the city and the stress of his profession. Soon the tranquil setting of this place will be turned upside down. With a generation that struggles with modern day ideals, religion and identity, this film portrays a moving, funny and challenging story that breaks down the barriers of today's misconceptions about Western and Arab culture.

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2011 San Francisco Arab Film Festival)

Date: 25 May 2013
Sub-genre: Documentary
Actors:
Country: Spain Language: Arabic

Egypt, a country under revolution. Cairo, a mega-city with the worst traffic in the world. From a " fly on the wall" vantage point, viewers eavesdrop from the dashboard of a cab as taxi drivers and their diverse passengers talk and debate about their present, future and details that shape their daily lives. A lighter side of Egypt, captured during endless traffic jams.

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival)

Date: 25 May 2013
Sub-genre: Documentary, War
Actors:
Country: Egypt Language: Arabic, English

Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, "I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!" Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy while celebrating a cultural shift where a younger generation inspired a country to "lead themselves."

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival)

Date: 26 May 2013
Sub-genre: Comedy, Documentary
Actors: Siham Abdel Messeeh, Namir Abdel Messeeh
Country: Egypt Language:

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. 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival Award, Outstanding Documentary Film.

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival)

Date: 26 May 2013
Sub-genre: Documentary
Actors: Ayman Mohyeldin, Sherine Tadros
Country: United States Language: Arabic, English

In 2008 two best friends found themselves trapped in one of the most dangerous places on earth – the only western journalists in the Gaza Strip on what was supposed to be a 24-hour assignment. The War Around Us captures the collision of veteran war correspondent and one of TIME's most 100 influential people, Ayman Mohyeldin, with rookie reporter Sherine Tadros. As missiles shower the city and unspeakable atrocities emerge, the pair are torn by fierce professional rivalry, private terror and grim humor – with no way out and the whole world watching. Winner of Best Documentary, Newport Beach Film Festival.

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival)

Date: 06 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 7:00 PM
Sub-genre: Comedy, Romance
Actors: Tahani Salim, Shady Khalaf, Haifa Al-Agha
Country: Jordan Language: Arabic Subtitles:

Grumpy Monaliza, in her 30s, rarely smiles. She works in a government office, where she meets Hamdi, an affable Egyptian tea boy. Together they dream of a life straight out of the romantic movies of yesteryears, with Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama… Their fantasy is challenged as they're surrounded by inquistive individuals, who impose restrictions typical of Amman's society.

Posted in Movie 1

Date: 06 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 9:15 PM
Sub-genre: Comedy
Actors: Ahmed Helmy, Hani Adel, Kinda Allouch
Country: Egypt Language: Arabic Subtitles:

La Moakhza talks about class difference, the horrors of the national education system and religious intolerance. Salama's film is ambitious in the scope of issues it touches upon, but it manages to stay afloat and never get too bogged down in any single one. This is not the story of class difference or religious intolerance, but the story of Hany Abdullah. Salama reminds us that we see those issues solely because they are relevant to the protagonist's journey to inclusion and acceptance.

This is where the film's greatest strength is; you can rarely criticise the way it discusses sensitive topics because the plot is concerned with the story of Hany and how he deals with his new school more than it is with the situation of Copts in Egypt or gated communities and class differences. This makes for a heart-warming and intricate character journey that is filled with social commentary, rather than the other way around: a naive story told for social commentary.

Posted in Movie 2

Date: 07 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 6:00 PM
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Ramzi Azaiez, Ahmed Hafiene, Lobna Mlika
Country: Tunisia Language: French Subtitles:

Shot during the Arab Spring, writer-director Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud's prize-winning period suspense drama examines the historical roots of Tunisia's long slide into tyranny.

The personal becomes painfully political in this quietly engrossing retro-thriller, which dramatizes the struggle for social justice and human rights in late 1970s Tunisia. Scooping the best actor prize earlier this week in the Arab cinema strand of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Professor forensically dissects the last few decades of Middle Eastern tyranny by unpicking one man's tortuous moral complicity in it.

Written and directed by the Tunisia-born, Belgium-based veteran Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, Professor has an old-school, literary, auteur feel. A classic festival film, in other words, with limited potential in foreign markets beyond the specialist art-house circuit. All the same, this Tunisia-France-Qatar co-production is a universal human story that trains a critical eye on recent history in a similar manner to Chile's Pablo Larrain, the renowned Greek director Costa-Gavras, or even the brave social commentators in current Iranian cinema.

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival)

Posted in Movie 3

Date: 07 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 8:15 PM
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Khaled Benaïssa, Imad Benchenni, Abdelkader Djeriou
Country: Algeria Language: Arabic, French Subtitles:

In the opening scenes of Gillo Pontecorvo's seminal 60s film, The Battle of Algiers, a man with an expressionless look on his face is escorted to the guillotine by two French guards. Although reticent at first, he soon breaks his silence – much to the chagrin of his escorts – loudly chanting Allaho Akbar! (God is great) and Tayha Al Jazayer! (long live Algeria), stirring his comrades to raise their voices and join in. 'Shut up! There he is!' exclaims Ali La Pointe, the film's ill-starred hero, as he and his fellow inmates rush to a hole in the wall to catch a fleeting glimpse of the mysterious man's final moments. Swiftly and unceremoniously, the man is placed beneath the merciless blade of the macabre instrument, which – in a bleak and chilling instant – comes crashing down.

Such is how Gillo Pontecorvo's film begins, and conversely, how Said Ould-Khalifa's ends. Ould-Khalifa's latest film, Zabana! recounts the events that culminated in the Algerian War of Independence – a searing episode in history which branded itself on the hearts and minds of Algerians everywhere – as seen through the eyes of that hitherto unnamed convict: Ahmed Zabana. Set in the 1950s, Zabana! strives to provide audiences with an Algerian account of the short life of one of the chief instigators of what Sir Alistair Horne referred to as a 'savage war for peace', as well as a contemporary depiction of some of the causes of that war.

(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 Muftah.org)

Posted in Movie 4

Date: 07 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 10:15 PM
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal
Country: France Morocco Language: Arabic, English Subtitles: English

With a powerhouse Arab cast, ROCK THE CASBAH is a family drama set one summer in Tangiers. A family comes together for three days, following the death of the family patriarch. Swapping their swimsuits for djellabias, emotions run particularly high, when the youngest daughter Sofia, arrives from New York. Sofia, an actress in the United States, has settled into a new life, away from her family. As the order once maintained by the deceased father breaks down and unravels, the women of the family are forced to face certain harsh truths.

NOTE: French, Arabic and English dialogue with English and Arabic subtitles

(Synopsis courtesy of: 2014 Dubai International Film Festival)

Posted in Movie 5

Date: 08 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 6:00 PM
Sub-genre:
Actors:
Country: Language: Subtitles:

Tuj - 02:15 - Khaled Abdulwahed
Bullet - 02:02 - Khaled Abdulwahed
Slot in Memory - 02:25 - Khaled Abdulwahed
ABCDoublespeak - 03:21 - Yasmeen Fanary
In Fear of Eurabia - 01:04 - Yasmeen Fanary
Lemon Medicine - 02:16 - Akram Al-Halabi
Road of Convoys - 20:55 - Anonymous

Posted in Movie 6

Date: 08 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 7:15 PM
Sub-genre:
Actors:
Country: Language: Subtitles:

Where Greening is an Act of Obliteration

Unfolding as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora, The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.

Using the forest and the village ruins as metaphors, the documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine.

Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J Kaplan, The Village Under The Forest is written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum.

(Synopsis courtesy of: www.villageunderforest.com)

 

Posted in Movie 7

Date: 05 June 2015
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 6:00 PM - Showtime: 7:00 PM
Sub-genre: Comedy
Actors: Kad Merad, Valérie Benguigui, Roland Giraud
Country: France Language: English, French Subtitles: English

L'Italien is a brilliant comedy about Muslim/Arab integration & racism in France, starring critically acclaimed Franco-Algerian comedian, Kad Merad.

Dino has the perfect life. Unfortunately, it's all built on a lie. His real name is Mourad and neither his boss nor his girlfriend and even less so his parents are aware of his false identity. In 10 days Ramadan will begin, and Mourad has promised his sick father that he will observe the religious rite for him. Now, Dino is going to have to think fast if he wants to keep his complicated double life from crashing down around him.

Posted in Movie 1

Date: 05 June 2015
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 6:00 PM - Showtime: 9:30 PM
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Saleh Bakri, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Ahmad Bayatra
Country: France Germany Italy Palestine Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew Subtitles: English

A festival Favourite, Giraffada in inspired by a true story. Its World Premiere was at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was featured at Zagreb's Festival of Tolerance (2015).

Winner of Best Kids Film at 8th Green Me Film Festival (2015) and, Best Newcomer (Ahmad Bayatra), International Festival of Films for Children and Young People 2014.

Yacine is the veterinarian of the only zoo remaining in the Palestinian West Bank. He lives alone with his 10-year old son, Ziad. The child has a special bond with the two giraffes in the zoo. He seems to be the only one to communicate with them. After an air raid in the region the male giraffe dies. His mate, Rita, won't survive unless the veterinarian finds her a new companion. The only zoo that might provide this animal is located in Tel Aviv.

Posted in Movie 2

Date: 06 June 2015
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 6:00 PM - Showtime: 7:00 PM
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Khaled Abol Naga, Maged El Kedwany, Horeya Farghaly
Country: Egypt Language: Arabic Subtitles: English

A favourite at the Cairo International Film Festival and at the BHI London Festival, Décor is a psychological drama is about Maha, a successful Egyptian production designer.

The story takes an unnerving turn when Maha finds herself transported into a completely different persona, that of a married housewife.

This original piece remarkably captures the loneliness faced by some sufferers of mental illness, as well as the challenges faced by their loved ones.

Posted in Movie 3

Date: 06 June 2015
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 6:00 PM - Showtime: 9:30 PM
Sub-genre: Drama, Romance
Actors: Yasmin Raeis, Hani Adel, Salwa Mohamed Ali
Country: Egypt United Arab Emirates Language: Arabic Subtitles: English

Egypt's official entry for the 2014 Academy Awards, Factory Girl is the winner of over 15 cinema awards including 6 from the Egyptian Film Association 2015: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Special Jury Award, Excellence Award for directing, Best Supporting Actress Award.

Hiyam, a young factory worker, lives in a lower-middle-class neighbourhood, along with her co-workers. She is clearly under the spell of Salah, the factory's new supervisor, who has expressed his admiration for her. She believes love can transcend the class differences between them. However, when a pregnancy test is discovered in the factory premises, her immediate family and close friends accuse her of sinning. Hiyam decides not to defend herself and pays an enormous price in a society that fails to accept independent women. FACTORY GIRL examines the changes that take place in her life over the four seasons of the year. From falling in love to facing heartbreak, her life comes around a full circle by the end of the year.

Official Site
Albawaba.com

Posted in Movie 4

Date: 07 June 2015
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 5:00 PM - Showtime: 6:00 PM
Sub-genre:
Actors:
Country: Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Language: Arabic, English Subtitles: English

When the 40-year-old driver of Bus 321 is forced to leave his job, he becomes afraid of riding in or approaching any bus.

Posted in Movie 5

Date: 07 June 2015
Rating: 14A
Doors Open: 5:00 PM - Showtime: 6:30 PM
Sub-genre: Mystery, Thriller
Actors:
Country: Saudi Arabia Language: Arabic, English Subtitles: English

Ahmed has been rejected by society, but he tries to be a better person in the eyes of the community by doing what he believes is the right thing. He works as a mortician and when he learns about organ donation, a radical idea comes to his mind. Does he go through with it?

Posted in Movie 6

Date: 07 June 2015
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 5:00 PM - Showtime: 7:30 PM
Sub-genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Actors: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh
Country: United Arab Emirates Language: Arabic, English Subtitles: English

A winner and nominee of several awards, Theeb, is a cinematographic masterpiece. It is a coming of age movie about a young Bedouin who helps a British soldier reach safety in the desert during the time of the Ottoman Empire.

Awards: Cairo 2014 Jury Prize, Best Cinematography and Artistic Direction; Best Directorial Debut, Camerimage, Poland 2014; Screenwriting Award, Miami 2014; Best Director, Venice Film Festival 2014; Best Narrative Film, 2014, Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Posted in Movie 7

Date: 28 April 2016
Rating: R
Doors Open: 6:00 PM - Showtime: 6:30 PM
Sub-genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Actors: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette
Country: Canada France
Language: Arabic, English, French
Subtitles: English

Incendies is a riveting story about one woman’s resolve to survive against all odds. Nawal Marwan, a Lebanese-Canadian mother of twins, dies from a stroke and, in her will directs her two children to track down their father in Lebanon. Their investigation uncovers many secrets about their mother as her life is retold to them against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War. This Oscar nominated movie is one of the most critically acclaimed Canadian films in recent history. It is based on Wajdi Mouawad’s Award Winning play and is directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Date: 28 April 2016
Rating: R
Doors Open: - Showtime: 9:30 PM
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Evelyne Brochu, Sabrina Ouazani, Sivan Levy
Country: Canada France
Language: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew
Subtitles: English

This is a compelling film about Chloe a heroic Quebecois doctor working in Palestine who  befriends  a pregnant Palestinian girl, and an Israeli soldier.

Date: 29 April 2016
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 6:30 PM - Showtime: 7:00 PM
Sub-genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Actors: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis
Country: Canada France Lebanon Qatar United States
Language: English
Subtitles: None

Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet – Animated Film. Featuring the voices of Salma Hayek and Liam Neeson.

This delightful animated film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has received critical acclaim at various festivals around the world including Cannes, New York, Annecy, Doha and the Arab Film Festival (San Francisco, Los Angeles &San Diego). It is based on the book of the same name by Lebanese philosopher Khalil Gibran.

Date: 29 April 2016
Rating: PG
Doors Open: - Showtime: 9:00 PM
Sub-genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Actors: Fahad Albutairi, Shadi Alfons, Fadi Rifaai
Country: Jordan Lebanon United Arab Emirates
Language: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English

The year is 2011 and Omar (Rifaai) finds himself still racked with guilt over the death of his best friend Hady, who passed away five years ago. Now, just days away from the birth of his first child, he decides to take the road trip they never got to take...much to the dismay of his very pregnant wife.

Date: 30 April 2016
Rating: G
Doors Open: 6:30 PM - Showtime: 7:00 PM
Sub-genre: Documentary
Actors: Bahia Shehab, Mira Shihadeh, Salma Samy
Country: Egypt United States
Language: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English

Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings.

Date: 30 April 2016
Rating: PG
Doors Open: - Showtime: 9:00 PM
Sub-genre: Drama, Romance
Actors: Ahmad AlFishawy, Ayten Amer, Shery Adel, Haytham Ahmed Zaki, Nahed El Sebai, Amina Khalil, Nabil Issa, Karim Fahmy, Sarah Shahin, Omar El Saeed,
Country:
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

The film follows the stories of five men and women connected together by romantic relationships, and how they get influenced by the social transformations of the past few years. Some persons change unexpectedly, and others stay the same.

Date: 01 May 2016
Rating: PG
Doors Open: 3:30 PM - Showtime: 6:00 PM
Sub-genre: Documentary, Drama, History
Actors: Tasneem Fared, Abdallah Sallam
Country: Italy
Language: Arabic, Italian
Subtitles: English

A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding.

Date: 01 May 2016
Rating: 14A
Doors Open: - Showtime: 8:30 PM
Sub-genre: Drama
Actors: Fettah Lamara, Thekla Reuten, Mohamed Majd
Country: Belgium Germany Morocco Netherlands
Language: Arabic, English, French
Subtitles: English

A Moroccan fisherman sets off on an epic journey towards Europe on his wind surfboard. But the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.

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