Announcing Arab Film Nights, Friday June 6th to Sunday June 8th 2014

Calgary’s 5th Arab Film Festival, Arab Film Nights 2014, will be held at Festival Hall in Inglewood, 1215 10 Ave SE. The Films, listed below, are filmed in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Egypt & Syria.

This year we will be accepting donations for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Syrian Relief Fund.

Complimentary refreshments & hors d’oeuvres will be served during intermission.

Friday June 6 7:00 PM: When Monaliza Smiled – A Jordanian romantic comedy featuring a strong heroine who battles Arab stereotypes & tradition. Set in Amman, Jordan. In Arabic with English Subtitles. This film has been nominated for
various awards in the Middle East. PG

Friday June 6 9:15 PM: La Moakhza (Excuse my French) –  A Western Canada Premier! A coming of age film, about a Christian boy who pretends to be a Muslim when he transfers to a new school. This is a delightful story filled with social commentary about school life in Egypt through the eyes of a young boy. In Arabic with English Subtitles. G

Saturday June 7, 6:00 PM: Al Oustadh (Professor). Shot during Tunisia’s Arab Spring, this is an award winning (DohaTribeca Festival – Best Actor) political thriller about Tunisia’s crackdown on opposition activists during the 1970s. In French & Arabic with English Subtitles. PG

Saturday June 7 8:15 PM: Zabana! This story about Algeria’s first martyr in the 1950s war of independence from France. This was Algeria’s official entry in the 85th Academy Awards. In French, Berber & Arabic with English Subtitles. PG

Saturday June 7 10:15 PM: Rock The Casbah. A western Canadian Premiere! It rocked Toronto & Ottawa earlier this year! This film features a strong female cast and is directed by renowned Middle Eastern director Laïla Marakkchi. An endearing family drama with a twist, it is set in Tangiers around the funeral of the family patriarch, played by Academy Award winner Omar Shariff. French & Arabic with English Subtitles. 14A

Sunday June 8 6:00 PM: Syrian Shorts. A screening of seven recent short films produced by Syrian film makers. Some were clandestinely filmed during the current crisis in Syria. Artistic, creative and thought provoking. Arabic with English Subtitles. PG

Sunday June 8 7:15 PM: The Village Under the Forest. Ever wonder what happened to the money collected by schoolchildren in the West for Israeli re-­forestation programs? This award winning documentary (Encounters Film Festival 2013) follows a South African filmmaker’s quest to find out the story behind one such project. English and Arabic with Subtitles. PG

General Admission: $25.00/night per person
Students: $20.00/night per person
Weekend Pass: $60.00 per person

Ticket price includes refreshments & hors d’oeuvres at intermission.

The Calgary Arab Art & Culture Society is a not-­for-­profit society made up of progressive Arab-­Canadian professionals, business people and friends. The Society’s goal is to share with Calgarians a fuller, more realistic, side to life in the
Arab world. The Society’s activities include staging a wide range of cultural events.

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Twitter: YYC_Arab Arts


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