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 from Northern Africa.  Many of the North African countries have a rich history and multiple layers of cultural and social identities, including the Arab identity. Each film and program in this series brings to light the North African narrative.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Aliya Hassan Auditorium @ AANM

AANM Members: $7
Students/Seniors: $8
General Public: $10

Join us for a special Halloween screening of Egyptian horror film 122, Yasir Al-Yasiri's chilling tale of one couple's survival and escape from the bloodiest hospital visit of their lives.

Nasr (Ahmed Dawood) is struggling to arrange his upcoming wedding trousseau to his beloved Omneya (Amina Khalil). In an attempt to make some extra money, he decides to take part in a drug deal. When Omneya insists on going with him, their trip gets interrupted by an unfortunate accident, forcing them both to be transported to a nearby hospital, which they soon discover is the worst place they could possibly be. Will Nasr and Omneya make it through the night? Or will they succumb to the horrors of the hospital?

Dir. Yasir AlYasiri
2019/Egypt/95 minutes 
Rated R for violent/disturbing images and language
Arabic with English Subtitles

Flesh Out
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
Aliya Hassan Auditorium @ AANM

AANM Members: $7
Students/Seniors: $8
General Public: $10

In keeping with the traditions of her Mauritanian home, the announcement of Verida’s impending arranged marriage brings with it the beginning of gavage—the ritual of over-eating in order to attain a fuller figure more desirable to her future husband. As the obedient daughter of two loving parents, Verida at first accepts the intense physical strain of gavage with little resistance. But as the ritual’s requirements become increasingly all-consuming, Verida feels her resistance to the intense expectations of both her mother and culture push toward a breaking point.

Director Michela Occhipinti’s narrative feature debut, Flesh Out (2019) is an intensely resonant look at one woman’s struggle to find an identity for herself outside of the suffocating pressure to conform.

Dir. Michela Occhipinti
2019/Mauritania, Italy/94 minutes
Hassaniya with English Subtitles

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