ArteEast partnered with the Arab American National Museum, the Arab Film and Media Institute, and Cinetopia Film Festival, to bring together a wide range of new and classic films by Arab and Arab American filmmakers.
Yemeni Stories Told by Yemeni Filmmakers + Talkback
3 PM EDT on Sunday, July 26, 2020
Yemen, United States / Documentary / 60 minutes / Rated PG13 /
In Arabic and English with English subtitles
Following the screening will be an intimate talkback with several Yemeni filmmakers from across the world.
In partnership with Romooz Foundation, the Arab Film Series presents an afternoon of Yemeni documentary short films, created and told through the eyes of Yemeni filmmakers. These short films showcase the impact the war in Yemen has had and continues to make on the Yemeni community throughout the world.
These films uplift the voices of Yemeni filmmakers and their experiences. These are their stories.
The Bleaching Syndrome (2018) dir. Iman Mirghani
3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2020
Free; suggested donation benefits Detroit Justice Center
Eiman Mirghani, an Afro-Arab filmmaker living in Qatar, sets out to make a documentary about a Sudanese beautician who, like many other Sudanese women today, bleaches her skin as part of her “beauty routine”. After coming across challenges in making the film, particularly in which the woman becomes hesitant in speaking openly about the subject, Mirghani begins to look inwards regarding this increasing trend, turning the camera around on her relationship with her own “blackness”. She looks to find answers towards her lifelong feelings of unworthiness and underrepresentation in a world that is discreetly but deeply intolerant.
A virtual talkback with director Eiman Mirghani followed the screening.
Qatar / Short Documentary / 20 minutes / Rated PG 13 / In Arabic and English with Arabic and English subtitles
Eccomi…Eccoti (Here I am…Here you are) (2017) dir. Raed Rafei
3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020
FREE with suggested $5 donation
“Eccomi…Eccoti” unfolds as a virtual road trip navigating between Italy and Lebanon. Conditioned to live in a long-distance relationship with his partner because of strict European visa regulations, the director patches together the shared moments in an attempt to create a possible day-to-day reality for the couple. With a lyrical, ambient soundscape set atop a dreamy visual style oscillating between still photography and moving images, the film explores what it means to be gay in contemporary Beirut, and the existential discomfort that blocks one from reaching a sense of completeness.
Italy, Lebanon / 68 minutes / Arabic, French, Italian and English with English subtitles
Cairo Drive (2014) dir. Sherief Elkatsha
3 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 31, 2020
Using the road as an analogy for life in Cairo, Cairo Drive explores the unique personality of Egyptians as they go about their daily struggle of simply moving about the city. The film introduces its audience to the contrast between residents of the massive city, from different walks of life and displays how those differences are often erased when they have to share Cairo’s congested roads.
Arab American Shorts Program
2 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 10
FREE with RSVP
This Mother’s Day, to honor all of the amazing women and mothers in our lives, we are showcasing some of the best short films that highlight Arab American women making an impact, all directed by women! Whether standing up for their beliefs, finding their voice or changing the course of history (literally!), these Arab Americans make us proud by sharing their strength, multifaceted lives and passion with the world.
All films in Arabic with English subtitles.
Directors Darine Hotait (Like Salt) and Suha Araj (Pioneer High) appeared for a post-film talkback!
Arab World Shorts Program
2 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 2, 2020
With everything going on in the world right now, taking a detour through great cinema can be a helpful escape. These short films, all screened at a previous AANM Arab Film Festival, tackle serious issues through elements of comedy and animation. Whether taking us on an out-of-body experience, exploring a lifestyle change or dealing with unexpected visitors, these beautiful short films give us a glimpse into the complex problems and interesting situations we can find ourselves in.
All films in Arabic and/or English with English subtitles. Total runtime: 61 minutes.
Directors Basil Khalil (Ave Maria) and Khalid Salim (Veganize It!) will appear for a post-film talkback.
When Monaliza Smiled (2012)
7 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 23
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.
Dir. Fadi Haddad
Arabic with English subtitles
The screening was followed by an interview with Director Fadi Haddad.
Life is Waiting — Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara (2015)
7 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 16
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
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