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Arabian Sights Film Festival

Friday, Oct 25, 2019 at 6:30pm

AMC Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Avenue NorthWest
Washington, DC 20015

Schedule of Events

6:30 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

8:30 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

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