Arab Film Fest 20

The twentieth annual Arab Film Festival opens soon in five California cities.

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San Francisco 7 – 11 October 2016, Oakland 12 – 14 October 2016, Berkeley 15 – 16 October 2016, Los Angeles 21 – 23 October 2016, and San Diego 27 – 30 October 2016.

Clash directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt) 2016 is the opening night film at the Castro Theatre. It will be preceded by a reception and followed by a party at Mercer featuring DJ Emancapacion. Subsequent San Francisco screenings will be at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Very Big Shot directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya (Lebanon) 2015 is the opening night film at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles. Iraqi Odyssey is the opening film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

This year’s festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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Shared Dish

Hummus! The Movie directed by Oren Rosenfeld (USA/Israel) 2015 documents a popular Middle Eastern spread.

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Chickpeas (garbanzos) and tahini are the basic ingredients for a dish that probably originated in Egypt. But the Lebanese have strong claims to it.

It’s increasingly appreciated by people from the three major religious faiths in the area and increasingly enjoyed by a very diverse group of both locals and tourists.

Hummus has become an all consuming activity for a widow who took over her late husband’s restaurant, a religious calling for a spiritual seeker, and an adventure for someone unsatisfied with the established business passed on to him by his father.

The documentary hops around from one town to another in its quest for the culinary treat.

The film will be screened three times during the upcoming San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Cinéarts, Palo Alto Square Saturday 23 July 2016, Castro Theatre, San Francisco Sunday 24 July 2016, and Piedmont Theatre, Oakland Friday 5 August 2016.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more info and tickets.

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SFIFF 59

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 21 April to 5 May 2016 at six Bay Area venues.

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France: The Apostate, As I Open My Eyes, Blood Of My Blood, Cowboys, Dead Slow Ahead, The Dream Of Bottom, The Innocents, Journey To The Shore, Love & Friendship, Microbe And Gasoline, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, Nephtali, No Home Movie, Phantom Boy, Suite Armoricaine, Welcome To My Life, The White Knights, Winter Song, and A Young Patriot.

Israel: Mountain, Mr. Gaga, and Presenting Princess Shaw.

Lebanon: Abu Ammar Is Coming and Very Big Shot.

Spain: The Apostate, Dead Slow Ahead, and Night Without Distance.

Turkey: Frenzy and Sept-Oct 2015 Cizne.

Also: Chevalier (Greece), Blood Of My Blood (Italy), False Start (Morocco), and As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia).

The San Francisco venues are Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, Castro Theatre, Gray Area, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre. Plus the new BAMPFA in Berkeley.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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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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Money Chase

All About E directed by Louise Wadley (Australia) 2014 is more than a lesbian romantic thriller. It covers many other issues as its main character, a glamorous DJ, sets out on a road trip after discovering a bag full of money. Along the way it’s revealed that her parents are Lebanese, that she gave up a promising career as a flutist, and also alienated the woman who loved her most.

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Even though all the action takes place down under, the actor who plays her father is actually Greek as is the composer whose music plays throughout the film. It played in the recently concluded Frameline 39 and after it finishes the festival circuit it’ll be distributed by Wolfe Releasing.

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Becoming Israeli

A Borrowed Identity directed by Eran Riklis (Israel/Germany/France) 2014 follows a gifted, young Palestinian who reluctantly leaves his loving family home to attend an elite university in Jerusalem. The relationships he develops help him survive the challenges of a hostile environment and move forward in his life.

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It screens two more times during San Francisco International Film Festival 58. Tuesday afternoon 28 April 2015 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco and Thursday night 30 April 2015 at the Pacific Film Archive Theater in Berkeley. Contact San Francisco Film Society for more information and tickets.

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Arab USA

May In The Summer directed by Cherien Dabis (Jordan/USA/Qatar) 2013 is about an American woman who goes to Amman, Jordan for her wedding. Delays, complications, and family drama threaten to undermine what initially seemed a sensible decision.

It was the opening-night film of the 18th Annual Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and will screen again 22 November 2014 at the Museum Of Photographic Art in San Diego.

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The Citizen directed by Sam Kadi (USA) 2013 focuses on the experiences of a Lebanese man who arrives in New York hopeful of beginning a new life there. Unfortunately he lands at JFK the day before 9/11 and is repeatedly challenged despite his good deeds.

Both films deal sensitively with cross-cultural issues. The first from an independent perspective, the second one more mainstream. I recommend these two films.

The Arab Film Festival continues this week in San Francisco venues and then moves to Berkeley, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego. For program information and tickets contact the AFF web site.

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