2013 FILM FESTIVAL

Date: 02 May 2018
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 8:15 PM
Sub-genre: Documentary
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Country: Language: Arabic, English Subtitles:

My Enemy, My Brother' is a feature length documentary about the real-life story of two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq war who become blood brothers for life. Meeting in Vancouver 30 years after Zahed, an Iranian child soldier saves Najah, a wounded Iraqi soldier's life, they are now about to embark on an emotional journey back to Iran and Iraq for the first time in 20 years.  Their journey takes them into the heart of present-day conflicts in a region ravaged by war and ISIS. Their quest is a surprising affirmation of redemption and humanity.

Featuring special appearance by director Ann Shin!

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: 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: 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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 08 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 7:15 PM
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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: 08 June 2014
Rating:
Doors Open: - Showtime: 6:00 PM
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 6:00 PM
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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)

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