NICE 2015

The 19th New Italian Cinema festival begins Friday 11 November 2015 at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

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Wondrous Boccaccio directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (Italy/France) 2014 is the opening night film. It’s based on the classic Decameron set in 14th Century Florence during the Black Plague. The cast includes Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Jasmine Trinco.

Another ten dramatic features from seven countries will screen during the five-day event.

For more information and tickets contact the San Francisco Film Society.

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Making Music

On The Banks Of The Tigris directed by Marsha Emerman (Australia/Israel/Iraq) 2015 celebrates the collaborative nature of music composition and performance and its potential for healing.

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When the narrator of this documentary, an Iraqi exile living in Australia, searches for the origins of the songs he loved during his childhood, he discovers many were written by Jewish composers, the majority of whom were persuaded or forced to move to Israel with the proviso that they never return to their homeland.

Majid Shakar not only uncovers the hidden heritage of the music but also searches for those intimately involved with it and brings musicians together to perform a concert in London to an appreciative crowd.

The film screens again 14 November 2015 at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles.

For more information contact Arab Film Festival.

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Stepping Out

Oriented directed by Jake Witzenfeid (Israel/Palestine) 2015 was one of the sellout programs during the 19th annual Arab Film Festival in San Francisco.

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The documentary feature deals with three young, gay Palestinian men who live and work in Tel Aviv. It explores what it’s like being Arab in a Jewish state. Their personal relationships with friends, family, and lovers. Their politics and creative ways they approach life.

The film screens again 14 November 2015 at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles.

Tonight is the final evening of programs in San Francisco during this year’s Arab Film Festival that continues for a week in the East Bay before moving to Southern California next month.

More information at Arab Film Festival.

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Arab Film Festival

From A To B directed by Ali F. Mostafa (Jordan/Lebanon/United Arab Emirates) 2014 opens the 19th annual Arab Film Festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco Friday 16 October 2015.

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Other films during the ten-day Bay Area event include: Atlantic directed by Jan-Willem van Ewijk (Belgium/France/Germany/Morocco/Netherlands) 2014, The Cut directed by Fatih Akin (Belgium/France/Germany/Morocco/Netherlands) 2014, On The Banks Of The Tigris directed by Marsha Emerman (Australia/Iraq/Israel) 2015, On The Bride’s Side directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, & Khaled Soliman al Nassiry (Italy) 2014, and Oriented directed by Jake Witzenfeld (Israel/Palestine) 2015.

For more information and tickets contact the Arab Film Festival.

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