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Arabian Sights Film Festival

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 at 3:00pm

AMC Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Avenue NorthWest
Washington, DC 20015

Schedule of Events

5:15 PM: Adam
Maryam Touzani - Morocco, France - 98 mins
Actresses Lubna Azabal and Nisrin Erradi turn a simple story about an unwed Moroccan girl who is pregnant into gold in Maryam Touzani's directing debut. Premiering in competition in this year's Cannes Film Festival, Adam opens with Samia, pregnant and living on the street, going door-to-door begging for work. She encounters Abla (Azabal), a single mother deeply traumatized by her husband's recent death. Abla supports herself and her daughter by running a small bakery connected to their house. Though at first she shoos Samia away, practically slamming the door in her face, Abla has second thoughts when she finds the girl is still sitting on the street late at night. Samia ends up spending the night on the couch, on the understanding she'll leave in the morning. Directed with remarkable intimacy, Adam's lasting power rests in the way the film patiently crescendos without clichés to create a portrait of familial love and support between women.
Cost: $14.00

3:00 PM - Short Cuts

90 mins

Aziza
Soudade Kaadan
Lebanon/Syria, 2019, 13 minutes
Ayman teaches his wife how to drive his car. The lesson takes a turn into madness and nostalgia for these Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
In Arabic with English subtitles

What Remains
Areej Mahmoud
USA, 2019, 16 minutes
Farid, an Iraqi Uber driver is about to finish his last ride for the night when a desperate war veteran hijacks his car at gunpoint.
North American Premiere
In Arabic and English with English subtitles

The President's Visit
Cyril Aris
Lebanon/USA/Qatar, 2017, 19 minutes
When a small coastal town learns about the secret visit of the President to its local soap shop, they embark on a struggle to clean up and maintain the perfect image of their town.
In Arabic with English subtitles

Ambience
Wisam Al Jafari
Palestine, 2018, 15 minutes
Two young Palestinians try to record a demo for a music competition inside a noisy refugee camp.
In Arabic with English subtitles

Dunya's Day
Raed Alsemari
Saudi Arabia/USA, 2018, 14 minutes
Abandoned by her domestic help, Dunya fights to throw the perfect graduation soirée.
In Person: Director Raed Alsemari
In Arabic with English subtitles

Are You Volleyball?!
Mohammad Bakhshi
Iran, 2018, 15 minutes
Asylum seekers conflict with border guards until a deaf-mute boy initiates better communication between the two groups.
In Arabic and English with English subtitles

Cost: Free

8:00 PM - What Have We Done to Deserve This?
Eva Spreitzhofer - Austria - 92 mins
Humorous and filled with quirky dialogue, director Eva Spreitzhofer and her brilliant ensemble cast manage to pull off a magnificently biting comedy about tolerance and the limits thereof. For Vienna resident Wanda, an adamant atheist and feminist, her worst nightmare has come true when her teenage daughter Nina converts to Islam, asks to be addressed as Fatima and announces her desire to wear a veil. To top it all off, her ex-husband has to pick this very moment to become a father again. Wanda's wonderful know-it-all world is turned upside-down and she longs for the days when her only problems were her daughter skipping school and smoking pot. What ensues is an amusing look in the mirror for a presumably enlightened, liberal patchwork family.
Cost: $14.00

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