2010 Arab Film Festival | December 3-5

2010 Arab Film Festival

December 3-5, 2010 


Lower Level Auditorium & Classroom
Arab American National Museum
Buy Tickets Here13624 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn MI 48126


Tickets required for most films;
SAG workshops free, suggested donation $5


Click HERE to download the PDF version of the Arab Film Festival brochure.


Schedule: Friday, December 3 


5:30-6 p.m. Opening Night Reception
Includes strolling halal dinner under the dome in the dramatic Community Courtyard at the Arab American National Museum, plus the AANM Short Film Contest Winners Screening and Package A films. Partial proceeds benefit the Arab American National Museum’s Short Film Contest. 

Ticket required. Reception presented in collaboration with the Detroit Film Think Tank.


6-7 p.m. AANM Short Film Contest Winners Screening
Join us in the Lower Level Auditorium to kick off the festival with a screening of the film submissions that best grasped our theme of Trans-Ubuntu: Trans indicating movement and Ubuntu, an African philosophy which sees individuals through their relationship with the larger community. 

Click HERE to learn more about the winning films.

Open to all who have purchased Festival tickets or Weekend Passes.

 


PACKAGE A   (Friday, December 3)

(FOUR FILMS)
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Sadness Between the Private and the Public

7 p.m.
Sadness Between the Private and the Public
Dir: Sherif El Morsi
2009/Egypt
6 min.

After the death of a family member, a young man decides to attend a demonstration for the first time in his life. He joins in the demonstration with thoughts of his family loss, but communes with others in their pain as part of the world family he now feels related to. It is a sensitive film illustrating the turmoil of our global situation, how it relates to, and affects lives of both Muslim and Jewish citizens. Arabic with English subtitles.

Jury Grand Prize, 2008 Corto del Med Festival, France


PLUS

 

At The Doorstep (Al Bab)

7:10 p.m. 
At The Doorstep (Al Bab)
Dir: Firas Mahadin
2009/Egypt, Jordan 
10 min.

Waiting for his girlfriend in his apartment, a man is continually interrupted by unwanted visitors, phone calls and all manner of irritants. Where on earth is she? He is waiting! And waiting… Arabic with English subtitles.

 

PLUS

 

A Game

7:20 p.m.
A Game
Dir: Marwa Zein
2009/Egypt
6 min.

Adapted from the short story Let's Play a Game by the Italian writer Alberto Moravia, this is the story of a divorced mother and her young daughter, told through a game played by the little girl. Arabic with English subtitles.

Jury Award – Best Short Film, 2010 National Egyptian Film Festival
Official Selection, 2010 AMAL Euro Arab International Film Festival, Spain

 

PLUS

 

Eye of the Sun

7:30 p.m.
Eye of the Sun (Ein Shams)
Dir: Ibrahim El Batout
2008/Egypt
90 min.

From the restless imagination of a young girl in a rundown suburb of Cairo springs a rich and dynamic story dealing with power, corruption, yearning and childhood innocence. Through her experiences, the director pulls together a tangled weave of stories to create a tale that is an insightful and pointed as it is heartwarming as it is heartwarming. Arabic with English subtitles.

Golden Tauro Best Film Award, 2008 Taormina Film Festival, Sicily
Best First Film Award, 2008 Rotterdam Arab Film Festival
Best Film Award, 2009 San Francisco Arab Film Festival

 

Festival schedule is subject to change.

 

Schedule: Saturday, December 4


AANM Short Film Contest winners and other short films will be screening throughout the weekend in the Lower Level Gallery.


SCREEN ACTORS GUILD WORKSHOPS

The Detroit Branch of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) presents a set of interactive workshops designed to help aspiring actors, directors and others interested in being a part of Michigan's growing film industry, highlighting the critical tools needed to promote and sustain a career in film.

Free and open to the public; suggested donation $5 per session

 

Noon-1p.m. Saturday, December 4
(Repeated 1-2 p.m.) 

Acting Differences: Stage vs. Screen 

What are the different acting techniques when performing on stage or in front of a camera? Is it merely voice projection or is it more? Watch professional actors and directors take one script and demonstrate two methodologies. In the Lower Level Auditorium. Free and open to the public; $5 donation suggested.

 

Noon-12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4
(Repeated 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.) 

Marketing Yourself

How do you get that job in front of the camera? Is your headshot or resume effective? Whom do you need to know? Hear from the professional actors who snag those jobs. In the Lower Level Classroom. Free and open to the public; $5 donation suggested.

 

Noon-12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 
(repeated 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.)

The Professionalism of Acting

Being a professional actor is not limited to talent. Behavior as a professional is also a key component. how does a professional prepare for his work, behave or even eat on a set, and complete the job in a way that makes the producer want to with with you again? Learn what you may not have read in a text or heard in a classroom. In the Lower Level Classroom. Free and open to the public; $5 donation suggested.

 

2-2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4

Putting it All Together 

A panel of professionals will talk about putting together a production, including working with professional actors. A great script can fall short if the actors do not perform it well. Using professional actors can truly be easy and inexpensive. Come and find out how. In the Lower Level Auditorium. Free and open to the public; $5 donation suggested.

 


PACKAGE B   (Saturday, December 4)

(TWO FILMS)
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Borderline

3:30 p.m.
Borderline (Wara Al Blayek)
Dir: Sonia Chamkhi
2007/Tunisia
25 min.

A love story set in an unlikely place, Borderline recounts a relationship between a man and woman at the crossroads of a city that seems inhospitable and forbidding. Both have come to the city to find work and are living among dilapidated buildings and construction sites that - like their burgeoning love affair - contain a promise for the future. But a naive belief in the promise of the city makes disillusionment even more painful. Arabic with English subtitles.

 

PLUS

 

(Un)Lucky (Z'har)

4 pm.
(Un)Lucky (Z’har)
Dir: Fatma-Zohra Zamoum
2009/Algeria
78 min.

Director Fatma-Zohra Zamoum plays herself in this highly original and intriguing debut. Interweaving a documentary-style account of her return to Algeria to shoot her film, she employs the narratives of various characters whose paths cross through Farid, the taxi driver who guides them through a fraught Algerian landscape. Arabic and French with English subtitles.

Best Feature Film, 2009 Mumbai Film Festival
Official Selection, 2009 Dubai International Film Festival



PACKAGE C   (Saturday, December 4)

(TWO FILMS)
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Bus

5:30 p.m.
Bus
Dir: Yasmine Novak
2009/Palestine
11 min.

This short documentary illustrates the parallel universes in the city of Jerusalem. Running alongside Egged, the Israeli national bus system, are the green and white Palestinian public buses. They pick up people traveling through Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and cross back and forth over the Green Line. As the buses traverse the city, they carry with them dreams from various worlds. Hebrew, English, Arabic and French with English subtitles.

 

PLUS

 

Laila's Birthday

5:45 p.m.
Laila’s Birthday
Dir: Rashid Masharawi
2008/Palestine, Tunisia, The Netherlands
71 min.

Abu Laila used to be a judge, but because the government cannot renew his assignment he is forced to become a taxi driver. On the day his daughter turns seven years old, his wife insists that he be home early and bring her a present and a cake. Abu Laila has nothing else on his mind beyond completing this mission, but daily life in Palestine complicates his efforts. Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.

Interfaith Award – Best Feature, 2009 St. Louis International Film Festival
Silver Screen Award – Best Asian Feature Film, 2009 Singapore International Film Festival
Mustafa Akkad Prize, 2009 Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran

 

Festival schedule is subject to change.

 

Schedule: Sunday, December 5


AANM Short Film Contest winners and other short films will be screening throughout the weekend in the Lower Level Gallery.


Noon-2 p.m. Sunday, December 5

OPEN CASTING CALL

Read scripts and show off your acting chops for casting directors looking to recruit talent for metro Detroit productions. Bring your resumes, headshots, and demo reels, and don’t forget to pick up a script from Saturday morning’s SAG workshops. In the Lower Level Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

 


PACKAGE D   (Sunday, December 5)

(TWO FILMS)
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Chicken Heads (Roos Djaj)

3 p.m.
Chicken Heads (Roos Djaj)
Dir: Bassam Ali Jarbawi
2009/Palestine
14 min.

Set in the farmlands of Palestine, Chicken Heads tells the story of an 11-year-old Bedouin boy who faces a moral dilemma when his pet gazelle harms one of his father’s prized animals. It’s a coming-of-age story that explores the fine line between taking responsibility for one’s actions and lying in order to protect oneself. Arabic with English subtitles.

First Prize – Muhr Arab Award, Short Films, 2009 Dubai International Film Festival
Student Choice Award – Best Film, 2009 Columbia University Film Festival, New York

 

PLUS

 

Ajami

3:15 p.m.
Ajami
Dir: Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani
2009/Palestine, Israel
120 min.

This powerful crime drama is set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood – a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. It is told by a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants: a young Israeli fighting a criminal vendetta against his family; a Palestinian refugee working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery; a Jewish police detective obsessed with finding his missing brother; and an affluent Palestinian dreaming of a future with his Jewish girlfriend. As their stories intersect, the dramatic collision of worlds leads to tragic consequences. Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.

Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2010 Academy Awards
Golden Camera - Special Mention, 2009 Cannes Film Festival
Wolgin Prize for best feature film, 2009 Jerusalem Film Festival
Best Film; Best Director; Best Script; Best Editing; and Best Music, 2009 Ophir Awards, Israel Grand Prix, 2010 Boulder International Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Golden Alexander; Fischer Public Choice Award; Best Screenplay Award,
50th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
Sutherland Trophy for outstanding first feature, 53rd London Film Festival




PACKAGE E   (Sunday, December 5)

(THREE FILMS)
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Missing

5:30 p.m.
Missing
Dir: Tariq Rimawi
2010/Jordan
3 min.

Based on true stories, this stop-motion animated short film opens a window on a child who lives in a war-torn area where he longs for his past peaceful life. No dialogue.

Best Short Film, 2010 Franco Arab Film Festival, Jordan
Official Selection, FICMEC International Film Festival, Lebanon

 

PLUS

 

9 August

5:35 p.m.
9 August (9 Aab)
Dir: Talal Khoury
2009/Lebanon
13 min.

This bittersweet film explores the aftermath of a death in both public and private contexts. It is also a tribute to Mahmoud Darwish, the late master of Arabic poetry. Arabic with English subtitles.

Special Jury Prize, 2009 Dubai international Film Festival

 

PLUS

 

Our Feelings Took the Pictures: Open Shutters Iraq

5:50 p.m.
Our Feelings Took the Pictures: Open Shutters Iraq
Dir: Dima El-Horr
2009/France, Germany, Lebanon
85 min.

Five women from different cities in Iraq study photography and share life stories while living together in Damascus. Ultimately, they weave these multiple narrative threads into a collective story of experience. After shooting their stories in Iraq, the women return to Syria to edit and complete their work. This documentary explores the ways in which traumatized and silenced people can resist the 'un-making' of their world, and assert their sense of existence with an act of creativity. Arabic and English with English subtitles.

 

Festival schedule is subject to change.

 

 


 


ATTENDING THE 2010 ARAB FILM FESTIVAL


All screenings take place in the intimate 156-seat Auditorium on the Lower Level of the Arab American National Museum (AANM), 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan.

Free, lighted parking is available in the municipal lot behind the Museum; enter lot by turning north from Michigan Avenue onto Neckel Street, immediately west of the AANM.

For driving directions, visit www.arabamericanmuseum.org or call 313.582.2266.


BUYING TICKETS AND WEEKEND PASSES

To purchase tickets and weekend passes IN ADVANCE with a debit/credit card, click HERE.

Tickets and weekend passes will also be available at the door; cash or debit/credit card.

To become a Member of the Arab American National Museum and take advantage of reduced rates on this and other event tickets, call 313.624.0200 or visit the website above.


WEEKEND PASSES

Includes all Film Packages, Opening Reception and SAG workshops

Member Weekend Pass $42
Non-member $52


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 OPENING RECEPTION + PACKAGE A FILMS

AANM Member $18
Non-member $20


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD WORKSHOPS

Free and open to the public; suggested donation $5 per session.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5 OPEN CASTING CALL

Free and open to the public.


INDIVIDUAL PACKAGES (A, B, C, D, E)

Individual AANM Member package $6
Individual non-member package $8

 

Select one or more of the following packages:

Package A
Sadness Between the Private and the Public
At the Doorstep (Al Bab) 
A Game
Eye of the Sun (Ein Shams)

Package B
Borderline (Wara Al Blayek)
(Un)Lucky (Z’har)

Package C
Bus
Laila’s Birthday

Package D
Chicken Heads (Roos Djaj)
Ajami

Package E
Missing
9 August (9 Aab)
Our Feelings Took the Pictures: Open Shutters Iraq

 

For more information, call 313.624.0215 or email aanmfilmfest@accesscommunity.org.

Festival schedule is subject to change.

The 2010 Arab Film Festival is made possible in part by

The Kresge FoundationThe Kresge Foundation
DoubleTree Hotel - DearbornDoubleTree Hotel – Dearborn

Screen Actors Guild,
Detroit Branch

Wayne County Film InitiativeWayne County Film Initiative
Detroit Independent Film Think TankDetroit Independent Film Think Tank Arab DetroitArab Detroit MFC MagazineMFC Magazine
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS