CAFN 2015


Friday, June 5th, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Country: France
Actors:  Kad Merad, Valerie Benguigui, Roland Gridud
Genre: Comedy
Language: English | Frenc(Subtitles)

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.



Friday, June 5th, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Country: France|Germany|Italy|Palestine
Actors: Saleh Bakri, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Ahmad Baytra
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic|English|Hebrew

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.



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Date: 6 June 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Genre: Drama
Actors: Khaled Abol Naga, Maged El Kedwany, Horeya Farghaly
Language: Arabic(English Sub-titles)

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. 

Factory Girl

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Time: 9:30 pm
Country: Egypt United Arab Emirates
Actors: Yasmin Raeis, Hani Abdel, Salwa Mohamed Ali 
Genre: Drama|Romance
Language: Arabic (English subtitles)

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.



Bus 321

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Country: Egypt United Arab Emirates

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.



Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Date: 7 June 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Country:Saudi Arabia
Language: Arabic, French(Subtitles)

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? unexpectedly, and others stay the same.


Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Country: United Arab Emirates
Actors: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh
Genre: Adventure|Drama|Thriller
Language: Arabic (English subtitles)

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.


Calgary Arab Film Nights 2022


  • L’italien

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

  • Giraffada

  • Decor

  • Factory Girl

  • Bus 321

  • Theeb

2015 Festival


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