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Arabian Sights Film Festival

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 6:30pm

AMC Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Avenue NorthWest
Washington, DC 20015

Schedule of Events

8:30 PM - Escape from Raqqa
Emmanuel Hamon - France - 102 mins
A gripping contemporary thriller set partially inside the Islamic State, Escape from Raqqa is based on the true story of a French woman who voluntarily took her child to Syria and wound up a prisoner in the titular ISIS stronghold. Unbeknownst to her husband Sylvain, Faustine leaves Paris with her five-year-old son to join ISIS in Syria. But when she realizes she has been made false promises and is watched like a caged bird, she becomes disillusioned and reaches out for help. Sylvain quickly understands that the French authorities are powerless and hardly empathetic with his wife's sudden change of heart. This leads him to enlist the help of a few friends to plan a high-risk exfiltration operation to save his wife and son.
Cost: $14.00

6:30 PM - OPENING NIGHT: It Must Be Heaven - followed by a party
Elia Suleiman - France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, Palestine - 97 mins
In his fifth feature, which garnered a Jury Special Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Elia Suleiman explores the world with his trademark, wide-eyed wonder. In a series of comic vignettes shot in international locales, famed Palestinian director Elia Suleiman investigates the meanings of nationalism, normality, identity and exile. A church in Nazareth with a door that won't open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce. Suleiman embellishes small details in each vignette, his style edging ever closer to the surreal, in an attempt to capture the experience of a perpetual outsider, and to suggest that normality is highly circumstantial, and often absurd. With a screen presence that has been compared to Buster Keaton's, Suleiman lends a detached bemusement to the oddities of daily life — which, when reflected on, reveal so much more than most would like to admit.
Cost: $20.00

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