2018 Arab Film Festival at Cinetopia

June 1 - 10, 2018

This year’s Arab Film Festival (AFF) focuses on marginalized communities and voices, with films focusing on gender, sexuality, identity, social justice, activism and community building. AFF aims to bring the perspective of marginalized voices to the fore.

All AFF films are subtitled in English. AFF screenings take place in three venues: the Aliya Hassan Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; and State Theater, 233 S. State St., Ann Arbor.

Advance tickets available online HERE; day-of tickets sold at the door.

Throughout AFF local young artist Mayssa Fakih will have her work displayed at AANM. Fakih, who has won awards for her paintings, will also be a panelist following the screening of This is Home on June 10.


Friday-Sunday, June 1-3

Screenwriting Workshop @ AANM

Led by New York-based filmmaker Darine Hotait, this workshop is designed for those interested in gaining or sharpening screenwriting skills. It focuses on the primary elements of a screenplay: acts structure, character development and scene breakdown. Using various exercises to put all the elements into practice, participants will be guided through the process of developing a simple idea into a three-page screenplay draft. No experience necessary. 

6-8 p.m. Friday, June 1

1-5 p.m. Saturday, June2

1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 3

$25 Museum Members; $30 students + seniors; $50 general public

REGISTER HERE


Friday, June 1

5:45 p.m. @ MICHIGAN THEATER ANN ARBOR

This is Home (feature) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Alexandra Shiva

2018/Jordan, Syria, USA/91 min./PG 13


Saturday, June 2

11 a.m.-4 p.m. @ AANM

My Aqal: Banned & Blessed Home (family craft workshop for all ages)

Create your own traditional Somali home, called an aqal. The workshop, led by Ifrah Mansour, a Somali artist and refugee based in Minneapolis, will teach guests about Somali nomadic culture and the creation of mini aqals. The aqals represent the ideas of healing, generosity and hospitality for people from Somalia and other banned countries. The aqals also make a powerful statement as they represent home and stability for the 65.5 million refugees in need of shelter and a place to call home. 

At the end of the program, the aqal homes will be joined together with poetry and lighting, as a symbolism of hope, strength and our interconnectedness as human beings.  

FREE; RSVP REQUIRED HERE


Sunday, June 3

3:45 p.m. @ MICHIGAN THEATER ANN ARBOR

Soufra (feature)

Dir. Thomas Morgan

2017/Lebanon/73 min./PG2018/Jordan, Syria, USA/91 min./PG 13


Wednesday, June 6

6:45 p.m. @ AANM

The Campaign (short) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Jenny Montasir

2017/Egypt/17 min.

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Beauty and the Dogs/Aala Kaf Ifrit (feature) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania

2017/Tunisia/100 min./R


Thursday, June 7

4 p.m. @ MICHIGAN THEATER ANN ARBOR

Soufra (feature)

Dir. Thomas Morgan

2017/Lebanon/73 min./PG


6 p.m.  @ AANM

Wajib (feature) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Annemarie Jacir

2017/Palestine/96 min./PG 13


9:30 p.m.  @ STATE THEATRE ANN ARBOR

Beauty and the Dogs/Aala Kaf Ifrit (feature) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania

2017/Tunisia/100 min./R


Friday, June 8

4:30 p.m. @ AANM

Mr. Gay Syria (feature) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Ayse Toprak

2017/Syria, Turkey/84 min./PG 13


6:45 p.m. @ AANM

Short Film Program: Everyday Heroes 

98 min./films rated PG, PG 13 and R

Language/Lugha

Dir. Mortada Gzar

2017/Iraq/12 min./PG

Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow/ Akher Ayam Rajoul El Ghad

Dir. Fadi Baki

2017/Lebanon, Germany/29 min./R

Caravan

Dir. Suzanne Mirghani

2016/Qatar/6 min./PG

Sabeya

Dir. Dhyaa Joda

2017/Iraq/17 min./PG 13

Silence/Samt

Dir. Chadi Aoun

2017/Lebanon/15 min./PG 13

The President’s Visit

Dir. Cyril Aris

2017/Lebanon/19 min./PG 13


9-11 p.m. @ AANM

AFF Reception


Saturday, June 9

11 a.m. @ AANM

Nile Hilton Incident (feature)

Dir. Tarik Saleh

2017/Egypt, Sweden, Denmark, Germany/107 min./R

2 p.m. @ MICHIGAN THEATER ANN ARBOR 

This is Home (feature) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Alexandra Shiva

2018/Jordan, Syria, USA/91 min./PG 13


2 p.m. @ AANM

Short Film Program: Celebrating Arab Women Filmmakers 

91 min.//films rated PG, PG 13 and R

Aya

Dir. Moufida Fedhila

2017/Tunisia/24 min./PG 13

Unspoken

Dir. Samia Badih

2017/UAE/11 min./PG 13

In White

Dir. Dania Bdeir

2017/Lebanon/18 min./PG

Lollipop/Halawa

Dir. Hanaa Saleh Alfassi

2017/Saudi Arabia, Morocco, UAE, USA/13 min./PG 13

Like Salt

Dir. Darine Hotait

2018/USA/25 min./PG 13


4:30-6 p.m. @ AANM

Panel discussion: New Reflections on Arab American Representation in Media

FREE with RSVP HERE

The Arab American struggle to receive accurate representation in film, television and other media is as old as the mediums themselves. Join talented artists, media creators and filmmakers who have taken matters into their own hands to discuss pressing questions: Who are we bringing to the table to represent the robust and diverse Arab American community? What are the new, unique challenges facing Arab American media producers today? What successes can inspire us? Panelists include Ali Abbas, Maha Chehlaoui and Darine Hotait. Free and open to the public. 


7:15 p.m. @ AANM

Soufra

Dir. Thomas Morgan (feature)

2017/Lebanon/73 min./PG

+ Iftar Dinner - BUY TICKETS HERE

+ talkback


Sunday, June 10

1 p.m. @ AANM

The Dead Die Once (short) WORLD PREMIERE

Dir. Max McGillivray, Alex Morelli

2018/USA/9 min.

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This is Home (feature) MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Dir. Alexandra Shiva

2018/Jordan, Syria, USA/91 min./PG 13

+ Panel discussion


3:30 p.m. @ AANM

Borders Crossed (short)

Dir. Firas Allouch

2017/Lebanon, USA/7 min./G

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Where To?/Ila Ayn? (feature) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Dir. Georges Nasser

1957/Lebanon/81 min.

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A Certain Nasser/Un Certain Nasser (documentary feature) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Dir. Antoine Waked, Badih Massaad

2017/Lebanon/65 min./PG


 

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