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Arab Film Festival 2015

All Films & Events

  1. 10949 Women

    Nassima Guessoum / Algeria, France / 2014 / 76 mins
    10949 Women follows the cheerful, charming, and ironical Nassima Hablal, a forgotten heroine of the Algerian Revolution, as she recounts tales of the war and her fight for an independent Algeria. A story about women as told by a female director, this documentary takes a close look at the meaning of freedom and its necessitated sacrifices.
    10949 Women

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 25, 2015 1:00 pm


  2. Atlantic

    Jan-Willem van Ewijk / Belgium, France, Germany, Morocco, Netherlands / 2014 / 94 mins
    A Moroccan fisherman sets off on an epic journey towards Europe on his wind surfboard. But the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.
    Atlantic

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 17, 2015 5:15 pm

    Atlantic

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 25, 2015 5:00 pm


  3. Arab Classics: Struggle on the Nile

    Atef Salem / Egypt / 1959 / 120 mins
    Three years before Lawrence Of Arabia made him an international sensation, dashing Egyptian actor Omar Sharif starred in this wonderful masterpiece of Egyptian cinema that has been virtually unseen in the US since its release in 1959.
    Arab Classics: Struggle on the Nile

    Grand Lake Theatre
    October 22, 2015 8:00 pm


  4. The Council

    Yahya Alabdallah / Jordan, United Arab Emirates / 2014 / 80 mins
    When a Palestinian primary UNRWA school in the Sukhna area of Jordan announces student council elections, its students are keen to establish a “Majlis” system addressing inter-student and student-teacher relationships. The Council is about three students’ journey from the moment the elections are announced until the end of the academic year.
    The Council

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 24, 2015 1:00 pm


  5. The Cut

    Fatih Akin / Belgium, France, Germany, Morocco, Netherlands / 2014 / 138 mins
    In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.
    The Cut

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 17, 2015 8:30 pm


  6. Diaries of a Flying Dog

    Bassam Fayad / Lebanon, United Arab Emirates / 2014 / 75 mins
    A man and his tiny dog have something in common: obsessive compulsive anxiety disorder. Through the man’s quest to heal, he recalls a memories filled with fear, violence, war, love. These emotional echoes of his past emerge in the present and the future.

    Preceded by: Helwan Moi

    Diaries of a Flying Dog | Helwan

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 24, 2015 5:00 pm


  7. Fathers

    82 mins
    AFF's celebration of Arab Fathers, this shorts series highlights the relationship between Arab fathers and their children, the heart ache, the joy, the sacrifice, the desire to be understood and accepted by one another and ultimately the unwavering love that they give.

    In This Program: Scarecrow, Light, The Sheikh of Mussafah, Our Father’s Sons, Made of Clay, Pere, Pickup

    Shorts Program: Fathers

    Grand Lake Theatre
    October 22, 2015 6:00 pm

    Shorts Program: Fathers

    Harmony Gold
    November 14, 2015 4:30 pm


  8. From A to B

    Ali F. Mostafa / Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates / 2014 / 108 mins
    Three estranged childhood friends travel on a road trip from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of their lost friend. If what happens en route doesn't make them crazy, it might just bring them closer.

    Precedes: Opening Night After Party

    Opening Night: From A to B

    Castro Theatre
    October 16, 2015 7:30 pm

    From A to B

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 23, 2015 8:00 pm

    From A to B

    Harmony Gold
    November 14, 2015 8:00 pm

    Precedes:
    After Party with Narcy

    Mercer
    October 16, 2015 10:00 pm


  9. The Gate of Departure

    Karim Hanafy / Egypt / 2014 / 60 mins
    The Gate of Departure is a meditation on grief, death and psychological entrapment that dispenses dialogue and narrative for a visual experience that breaks the conventions.

    Preceded by: White Sugar

    The Gate of Departure

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 18, 2015 1:00 pm


  10. Haunted

    Liwaa Yazji / Germany, Lebanon, Syria / 2014 / 112 mins
    Haunted asks the difficult questions that confront people forced to leave their home during war. Such as: When do they leave? What do they take with them? Which aspects of their lives irretrievably end once they have left? Are they refugees, or on the move? Do they see themselves as displaced people? What does home mean? Which rights do they lose? From which losses can they protect themselves? What can they control?
    Haunted

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 18, 2015 3:00 pm