Arab Film Series @ AANM

Emerging from the Arab Film Festival, the Arab Film Series @ AANM is a collaborative effort between Cinema Lamont and the Arab American National Museum (AANM). The series brings a wide range of new and classic films by Arab and Arab American filmmakers to the doorstep of metro Detroit, uniting community members through film, dialogue and activism.
This season's film series highlights films and programs directed and/or curated by women. Each program brings to light, the power of women directors, politicians and community activists.

The Feeling of Being Watched + talkback feat. director Assia Boundaoui
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 

Purchase Tickets HERE $7 AANM Members, $10 general public

In the Arab American neighborhood outside of Chicago where director Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of the neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Boundaoui uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counter-terrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. With unprecedented access, The Feeling of Being Watched follows Boundaoui as she pieces together a secret FBI operation and grapples with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance. 

11:30 a. m. - 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 — Following the Thursday screening of The Feeling of Being Watched, there will be a Salon Discussion with director Assia Boundaoui at AANM hosted by presenting partner Final Girls. The discussion will be moderated by Ava Ansari and will center around the making of the film by an all female crew and it's effectiveness in "reaching distanced audiences." A Q&A will follow. Coffee and light fare will be provided. Limited space available.  Please RSVP HERE.

Presented in conjunction with The Henry Ford exhibition Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, open Oct. 13, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

Dir. Assia Boundaoui
2018/USA/86 minutes
English and Arabic with English subtitles

Only Lovers Left Alive + talkback feat. cast member Yasmine Hamdan
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 

Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Only Lovers Left Alive is the tale of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two fragile and sensitive vampires who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. 

Set in Detroit and Morocco and directed by the acclaimed Jim Jarmusch, this filmic meditation on art, science, memory and love features a memorable performance by Lebanese vocalist Yasmine Hamdan (above). Hamdan takes part in a post-screening talkback and also appears in a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the Detroit Institute of Arts' Rivera Court. Click HERE to RSVP for the concert. 

Dir. Jim Jarmusch
2013/USA, United Kingdom, Germany/123 minutes

Highlighting Yemen: Short Films, Art & Activism 
Feat. Broken Paths and Waiting for Justice
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
Purchase Tickets HERE $7 AANM Members, $10 general public

Highlighting Yemen brings film, art, poetry and activism from Yemen and the Yemeni diaspora to AANM. Curated by and in partnership with the organization Michigan For Yemen, each piece of work tackles different topics, including identity, nationalism, war, humanity and history. This program is a narrative journey about Yemen: its history, culture, current crisis and the impacts of war.  

Films in Arabic with English subtitles

Wild Relatives + talkback
7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019
Purchase Tickets HERE $7 AANM Members, $10 general public

Deep beneath Earth’s Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. For the first time ever, seeds from a major gene bank in Aleppo are now being replicated in the Beqaa Valley. Wild Relatives loosely links together different narratives and biographies, opening a space to reflect on biodiversity, resilience, global justice and climate change, as well as manmade disasters and the ambivalent efforts made to overcome them.

Dir. Jumana Manna
2018/Lebanon, Norway, Germany/ 66 minutes
Arabic, Norwegian, and English with English subtitles

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