CALGARY – The Calgary Arab Arts & Culture Society (CAACS) celebrates its 10th Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival (CAFN) between October 7 and 9 at the Globe Cinema.
CAACS has been organizing its Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival since 2013. This October 7, the 10th festival will take place at the Globe Cinema. The Festival begins with the Opening Night event “Canadian Eye on the Arab World”, featuring a screening of locally produced “Uncivilized”, a short documentary film directed by SAIT graduate, Rawd Almasoud. The short film will be followed by Canadian-made “Peace by Chocolate”, based on the true story of the Hadhad family, Syrian refugees who established the Peace by Chocolate artisanal chocolate shop.
The festival’s opening night will be preceded by a reception hosting high profile invitees, including community leaders, partners, sponsors and artists. “We’re pleased by the support received thus far by the different levels of government”, says Mr. Moness Rizkalla, Chairperson.
The second day of the Festival will present two features, comedy “C-Section” from Lebanon, and joint European-Tunisian-Egyptian production “Sharaf”, based on the novel by Sonallah Ibrahim.
The closing night will screen a compilation of short films, including Sudanese, Egyptian and the Emerati productions, focusing on women-centered stories. CAACS is also excited to present “The Last Baron”, a locally produced short documentary about the ubiquitous Albertan fast-food institution, Burger Baron. Director Omar Mouallem will be attendance. The shorts compilation will be followed by Jordanian drama/comedy “Daughters of AbdulRahman” and Palestinian drama feature “Huda’s Salon”.
This has been a year of exciting growth that included collaboration with local, regional and international film festivals, says Bassem Hafez, CAACS Board member. This year, we were delighted to continue our relationship with CIFF, being the community partner to the Moroccan feature, “The Blue Caftan”. CAACS is partnering as well with the Calgary European Film Festival, the Calgary Justice Film Festival and the Okotoks Film Festival screening Arab features, documentaries and shorts at the partner festivals.
For more details please contact the Calgary Arab Arts & Culture Society, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 4036300338 & 4036810842.