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Life is Waiting — Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara (2015)
7 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 16
[Click here to view the archived screening and chat with filmmaker Iara Lee!]
After having its Michigan premiere at the AANM Arab Film Festival last year, Life is Waiting — Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara returns as the first online screening in the Arab Films Online series.
Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in Western Sahara, the end of European rule gave way to a new occupation, by Morocco. More than four decades later, the Sahrawi people face arrests, torture and disappearances for demanding their independence.
Dir. Iara Lee
Arabic, Hassaniya, Spanish, English and French with English subtitles
View the trailer for Life is Waiting — Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara
When Monaliza Smiled (2012)
7 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 23
FREE with RSVP
A romantic comedy about a love story between Jordanian Monaliza and Egyptian Hamdi, set in present-day Amman among a community of nosy and quirky characters.
The screening will be followed by a chat talkback
Dir. Fadi Haddad
Arabic with English subtitles
View the trailer for When Monaliza SmiledLife is Waiting — Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara
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