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Arabian Sights Film Festival

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 3:15pm

AMC Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Avenue NorthWest
Washington, DC 20015

Schedule of Events

6:15 PM - Baghdad in My Shadow
Samir - Switzerland, Germany, UK, Iraq - 105 mins
In his latest thriller-drama, award-winning filmmaker Samir's ambitious feature elevates discussions surrounding women's rights, the plague of extremism ensnaring young lost Muslim men in Europe and other controversial issues. The ensemble film revolves around a group of Iraqi immigrants and once idealistic socialists who regularly meet and work at London's Café Abu Nawas. This group of alienated expats includes Amal, an Iraqi woman trying to start a new life in London; young gay IT specialist Muhannad, who is trying but failing to keep his romance a secret and; Taufiq, an aging poet haunted by his past. When Taufiq's nephew Nasseer, a radicalized adolescent, attacks his uncle's friends, he sets into motion a course of events that will turn everyone's lives upside down. Baghdad in My Shadow is an explosive mix, staged with empathy and authenticity.
Cost: $14.00

3:15 PM - Diamond Dust
Marwan Hamed - Egypt - 154 mins
A web of corruption emerges in the multilayered revenge thriller by prominent Egyptian director Marwan Hamed (The Yacoubian Building, Filmfest DC '07, The Originals, Arabian Sights '17). Loosely based on one of Egypt's best-selling novels by Ahmed Mourad, this Cairo-set vigilante story follows Taha, a pharmacist who leads a dreary life with his wheelchair-bound father. When he returns home one day, he finds his father dead on the ground. After reading his father's diary, he discovers a dark past of racism, corruption, political oppression and abuse of power. He also discovers that his father has left him a unique poison, diamond dust, with which he is to exact vengeance. The information he learns through his father's memoirs leads him to make crucial decisions about forgiveness and revenge. A certified box office hit adorned with an A-list cast, Diamond Dust sets a new precedent for Arab noir.
Cost: $14.00

8:30 PM - New Biz in the Hood!
Mohamed Hamidi - France - 90 mins
New Biz in the Hood follows the shenanigans of a high-strung, smooth-talking, 40-something Parisian marketing exec who runs a small business. Things seem to be going fairly well for Frederic ever since he landed a big new client for his company. The hitch is that French authorities have caught on to a tax scheme he ran for years, and after a heated audit, Frederic is given an ultimatum: pay off a $2 million debt or transfer his company to the rough suburb of La Courneuve, an impoverished community in dire need of employment. He relocates his company to the suburb overnight. Frederic and his team befriend a mild-mannered Algerian security guard looking for work who helps them navigate their new habitat as they cross paths with drug dealers and pint-sized thugs. Thus ensues a fish-out-of-water comedy, with Frederic and his workers introduced to life on the other side of the beltway separating Paris from its suburbs.
Cost: $14.00

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