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ARAB NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATING FIFTH YEAR

The Calgary Arab Art and Culture Society has pulled out all the stops in celebration of its fifth year of the Arab Nights Film Festival.

“As always, we are very excited about the rapidly approaching Arab Film Nights 2016,” says Executive Director Moness Rizkalla. “The films that we selected to screen this year perfectly match the festival’s objectives and what our dedicated festival goers look for, which is to show everyday life in, and the diversity across, the Arab world.

This year’s festival includes the second consecutive year of the Canadian Eye on the Arab World night May 11 featuring two National Film Board of Canada films: Edmonton director Nisreen Baker's Things Arab Men Say and Grassroots in Drylands. '

“The weekend’s film program will have something for every taste, from documentaries like the sociopolitical Tickling Giants, and features ranging from the comedic to the very serious,” adds Rizkalla. 

Special guests this year include Baker, and star Zeid Hamdan of documentary Yallah Underground. Hamdan is representing two films as he was also the composer for Sunday's closing film Barakah Meets Barakah. Tickling Giants Bassem Yousef will also be available for a video Q&A session on May 12.

For tickets and more information, visit calgaryarabartssociety.ca.

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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 wide range of cultural events.

Arab Film Nights 2016 sets record attendance numbers

With an added night and a bazaar in support of Syrian refugees, the Calgary Arab Art and Culture Society’s 2016 film festival was its most successful to date.

This year’s lineup of films included the addition of an extra evening April 28 - CanadianEye on the Arab World - with Oscar-nominated Incendies and the critically acclaimed Inch’Allah. Films such as On the Bride’s Side showed a timely relevance with events unfolding in Syria and beyond. And art and cinematography was showcased in films like Nefertiti’s Daughters and Atlantic.

Leading up to the film festival, the Calgary Arab Art and Culture Society held a number of events at local post-secondary institutions screening Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. The film was also screened April 29 and Calgary’s own Colin Curwen of New Machine Studios was in attendance to discuss his involvement with the film. Curwen was not the only special guest, as panels and discussions also included Atlantic director JanWillem van Ewijk, Raja Khouri of the Canadian Arab Institute and Luke Azevedo with Calgary Economic Development.

On closing night Sunday, art and wares were featured in a bazaar with all proceeds going to Syrian refugees. The Calgary Arab Art & Culture Society is a notforprofit society made up of progressive ArabCanadian
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 wide range of cultural events.

Inquiries for next year’s festival and other CAACS events can be directed to:

Kelsey Hipkin, CAACS board secretary

kmhipkin@gmail.com

403-700-8698

Arab Film Nights 2016

Friday April 29 , Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1
Festival Hall Calgary

Opening Night Calgary Premiere: Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, An Animated Feature starring Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek Other Films to be Announced

Film Synopsis: View Here            Official Trailer: View Here

Calgary Arab Art & Culture Societ

Eman takes the stage at Calgary YukYuk’s

In conjunction with Yuk Yuk’s, the Calgary Arab Art and Culture Society is pleased to present Arab-Canadian comedienne Eman ElHusseini.

Eman has travelled throughout Canada, the United States and the Middle East creating laughs as she goes. The comedienne has been featured in The National Post, the Toronto Star and the Montreal Gazette who described her as “fearless and ferociously funny”.

Eman has also extensively worked the comedy festival circuit, making appearances at the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, CBC’s Cracking up the Capital and the fifth annual Arab Women in Film. Eman takes the stage at Calgary YukYuk’s July 2325, with doors opening at 6:30 and the show starting at 7:30. Tickets are $12.

Get your tickets here: https://www.yukyuks.com/calgary

Announcing Arab Film Nights 2015

Announcing Arab Film Nights 2015 Friday June 5th to Sunday June 7th
OFFICIAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Society's third annual film event & Calgary's 6th Arab Film Festival, Arab Film Nights 2015, will be held at Festival Hall in Inglewood, 1215 10 Ave SE.

The society has an open call for Submissions for 2015.

1) Arab world, Middle East or North African themes only.
2) Films in Arabic, French, English, Hebrew, Berber or other Arab/Middle Eastern N. African languages accepted, but must be subtitled in English
3) Documentary, shorts, animation or feature films welcome
4) Only films completed after January 1, 2015 will be considered.
5) Preference will be given to films not previously publicly screened in Alberta or Canada
6) Films available for download or sale via the internet are not eligible.
7) Formats accepted are DVD, BluRay, MP4, Real Player
8) Filmmakers must deliver final format as indicated for festival screening.

The Calgary Arab Art & Culture Society is a not-for-profit society made up of progressive Arab-Canadian professionals, business people &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 wide range of cultural events.

For further information please visit: www.CalgaryArabArtsSociety.ca

Announcing Arab Film Nights 2015 Friday June 5th to Sunday June 7th

Another year has passed and once again the Arab Film Nights in Calgary is back!

“We are very excited about the rapidly approaching third annual Arab Film Nights 2015,” says executive director Moness Rizkalla. “The films that we selected to screen this year perfectly match the festival’s objectives and what our dedicated festival goers look for, which is to show everyday life in, and the diversity across, the Arab world.

This year’s line-up includes films from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Palestine covering a variety of topics and genres.

“The weekend’s film program will have something for every taste, from short films to features, and ranging from the comedic to the very serious,” adds Rizkalla.

The Calgary Arab Art & Culture Society is a not-for-profit society made up of progressive Arab-Canadian professionals, business people & 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 wide range of cultural events.

Media inquiries: Kelsey Hipkin
Communications Co-ordinator

kmhipkin@gmail.com
403-700-8698
Facebook: Calgary Arab Arts & Culture Society
Twitter: YYC_Arab Arts

CBC Eyeopener 2014

Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival executive director Moness Rizkalla talks about some of the films being shown this weekend.

CBC Eyeopener - June 6th, 2014

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.

For further information please visit: www.CalgaryArabArtsSociety.ca
Facebook: Arab Film Nights
Twitter: YYC_Arab Arts
info@CalgaryArabArtsSociety.ca

Announcing Arab Film Nights 2013

Announcing Arab Film Nights, Friday May 24th to Sunday May 26th, Festival Hall Calgary

The Society's second event to date, Arab Film Nights, will be held at Festival Hall in Inglewood, 1215 10 Ave SE.

The Films, listed below, are shot and/or produced in Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine and Egypt.

Friday May 24 6:30 PM: Free Men An amazingly true and heroic story about the Muslim Resistance in occupied France.

Friday May 24 9:30 PM: Where Do We Go Now? By acclaimed director Nadine Lebaki. The film is the winner of the 2011 Cadillac People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film.

Saturday May 25 6:30 PM: Late December, an award winning coming of age movie with a strong heroine, set in small town Tunisia;

Saturday May 25 9:30 PM – Double Feature: Another Night on Earth, a film about the Egyptian Revolution. It is the 2013 Goya Award winner and the (Spain) and 2013 Leipzig Film Critics Award winner. Our second film is Words of Witness by Egyptian-American Film director, Mai Iskander. This film follows the challenges of a true to life heroine, Heby Afify, who as a young female journalist covers the Egyptian Revolution. It has won many awards on the festival circuit.

Sunday May 26 6:30 PM: The Virgin the Copts and Me, an amusing yet sincere movie about faith and believing in a Muslim and Coptic Egyptian setting.

Sunday May 26 9:30 PM: The War Around US, a gripping film that chronicles the experience of the only two foreign journalists who covered the entire Gaza War.

General Admission: $25.00/night per person
Weekend Pass: $60.00/night per person
Ticket prices include refreshments & hors d’oeuvres at intermission.

Recently established, the Calgary Arab Art & Culture Society is a not-for-profit society made up of progressive Arab-Canadian professionals & business people. The Society’s goal is to show Calgarians a more realistic side to life in the Arab world. The Society’s social events include comedy nights, films and distinguished Speakers.

For further information please visit:
www.CalgaryArabArtsSociety.ca
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