El Ayel: A Muslim Childhood

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Slingshot Hip Hop

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The Path of Most Resistance

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33 Days

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Norma Sayigh, A Palestinian Mural

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Meeting Resistance

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Adieu Mères

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Woman is Courage

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Jerusalem: The East Side Story

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I Love Hip Hop in Morocco

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Cinéma Arabe: État des Lieux

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A jihad for love

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Mizna Presents:
The Twin Cities Fifth
Arab Film Festival

Thursday October 16 - Sunday October 19, 2008


The Historic Heights Theater
3951 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN, 55421
Get directions.


7pm - Opening film – El Ayel: A Muslim Childhood (Morocco, 2005, 83 min, 35mm, Moumen Smihi, dir.)

OPENING RECEPTION (Sponsored by Holyland Deli)

7pm – Slingshot Hip Hop (Palestine/USA, 2008, 87 minutes, DigiBeta, Jackie Reem Salloum, dir.) + Q&A with director and the Palestinian DAM crew

9pm – A Jihad for Love (India/USA, 2007, 81 min, DigiBeta, Parvez Sharma, dir.)

10am – The Path of Most Resistance (UK/Germany/USA, 2008, 47 minutes; PAL DigiBeta, Gareth keogh, dir.) + Q&A with Wes Davey, President of Iraq Veterans Against War (MN Chapter)

1pm – A Palestinian Mural (USA/Palestine, 2007, 12 minutes, DVD, Norma Shiheiber, dir.);
Tunnel Trade (UK/Palestine, 2007, 21 min, PAL DigiBeta, Leila El-Haddad and Saeed Taji Farouky, dirs.);
33 Days (Lebanon, 2007, 70 minutes, DVD, Mai Masri, dir.)

4pm – Meeting Resistance (USA/Iraq, 2007, 84 min, DigiBeta, Molly Bingham and Steve Connors, dirs.) + Q&A with directors

7pm – Adieu Mères (Morocco, 2007, 115 minutes, 35mm, Mohamed Ismail, dir.)

** 9pm – DAM concert (with DJ K-Salaam) at the Cedar Cultural Center


10am – Woman is Courage (France/Algeria, 2003, 58 min, Video, Amine Rachedi, dir.) + Q&A with Professor Patricia Lorcin author of Imperial Identities: Stereotyping, Prejudice and Race in Colonial Algeria; Nosh-e-Jan (Afghanistan/USA, 2008, 7 min, DVD, Gazelle Samizay, dir.)

1pm – Jerusalem: The East Side Story (Palestine, 2008, 57 min, DVCAM, Mohammed Alatar, dir.);
Recognized (Israel/USA, 2007, 61 min, DVD, Ori Kleiner, dir.)

4pm – I Love Hip Hop in Morocco (USA/Morocco, 2007, 80 min, DVD, Josh Asen and Jennifer Needleman, dirs.);
Detroit Unleaded (USA/Lebanon, 2007, 25 min, 16mm, Rola Nashef, dir.) + Q&A with director

7pm – Closing film – Cinéma Arabe: État des Lieux (France/Algeria, 2006, 50 min, DVD, Nasser Eddine Benalia, dir.) + Q&A with director

(sponsored in part by Babylon Cafe and
Dunn Bros. Coffee)