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12th Twin Cities Arab Film Fest
SEPTEMBER 27 TO OCTOBER 1
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Mizna proudly presents the 12th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, September 27 to October 1 - a chance to see thoughtfully curated films from Arab and Arab American filmmakers. Established in 2003, the Arab Film Fest has featured local debuts of independent narrative and documentary features and short films from more than fifteen countries. Over its twelve editions, our festival has created a necessary space in the Twin Cities for Arab and Muslim filmmakers to tell their stories in beautiful and innovative ways. This year, our project feels more urgent than ever, as our programming serves a response to national and international policies that target the lives of immigrants and refugees, while also tackling the global threat of xenophobia and Islamophobia.

The festival launches on Wednesday, September 27 at the Walker Art Center with the screening of Tramontane by Lebanese filmmaker Vatche Boulghourjian. The film centers around Rabih, a young blind man who lives in a small village in Lebanon, sings in a choir and edits Braille documents. However, his life unravels when he applies for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried his entire life, is a forgery. Traveling across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions, and give Rabih minor clues about his true identity.

The opening night film is followed by a multimedia performance celebrating the release of local Syrian musician Hello Psychaleppo's new bird-themed album Touyour at the Walker Art Center's Garden Terrace. Projections on a handmade bird sculpture are synchronized live to his unique hybridized music.

The Arab Film Fest closes on Sunday, October 1 with the film Solitaire (Mahbas), a delightfully funny film that uses humor to address the way regional tensions in the Middle East manifest in people's personal lives.

Presented in partnership with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and the Walker Art Center.

WHEN
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to Sunday, October 1, 2017

WHERE
Festival premieres at Walker Cinema | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Screenings continue at the Film Society's Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre | 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

TICKETS Get your Festival Pass, 6-Pack, 3-Pack, or Tickets now!


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Wednesday, September 27, Walker Art Center


7 p.m. Arab Film Festival premieres with Tramontane (Lebanon, France | Arabic with English subtitles).

9 p.m. Film fest opening reception and Hello Psychaleppo's multimedia album release at the Walker's Garden Terrace.

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Film still from Gaza Surf Club


Thursday, September 28, St. Anthony Main Theater

11 a.m. New Homes, New Stories, Local Shorts: special student screening featuring local film The Dream Still Is and short documentary films from the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project's Iraqi Voices program. (US | English)
*This screening is reserved for high school students and will not be open to the public.*

1:20 p.m. Gaza Surf Club (Palestine | Arabic with English subtitles)
*This screening is open to the public and free for students with a valid student ID.*

3:15 p.m. Abdullah (UAE | Arabic with English subtitles)
Preceded by short film Villagers (Palestine | Arabic with English subtitles)

5:20 p.m. Withered Green (Egypt | Arabic with English subtitles)
Preceded by short film Photo (Yemen | No dialogue) and short documentary Departure (Yemen | Arabic with English subtitles)

7 p.m. House Without a Roof (Iraq, Germany, Qatar | Kurdish and German with English subtitles)

9:10 p.m. Burning Hope (Tunisia | Arabic and French with English Subtitles)
*Content warning: this film contains violence and sexual assault*

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Film still from The Preacher (Mawlana)


Friday, September 29, St. Anthony Main Theater


11 a.m. Occupation of the American Mind (USA | English)
*This screening is open to the public and free for students with a valid student ID.*

1:15 p.m. Nowhere to Hide (Iraq, Sweden, Norway | Arabic with English subtitles)

3 p.m. Go Home (Lebanon, France, Switzerland | Arabic and French with English subtitles)
Preceded by short film Caravan (Qatar | Arabic and English with English subtitles)

5:10 p.m. Les Petits Chats (Egypt | Arabic and English with English subtitles)
Preceded by short documentary Hide Your Metal (Jordan | Arabic and English with English subtitles)

7 p.m. The Preacher (Mawlana) + Discussion with director (Egypt | Arabic with English subtitles)

9:50 p.m. Much Loved (Morocco, France | Arabic and French with English subtitles)
*Content warning: this film contains violence and sexually explicit language and images*

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Film still from Ayny



Saturday, September 30, St. Anthony Main Theater


11 a.m. Unfamiliar Scenes Animated and Invented short films: Karouma (UAE | No dialoge), Lilou (Lebanon, France | No dialogue), Ayny (Palestine, Jordan, Germany | Arabic with English subtitles), Yamman (Syria| Arabic with English subtitles), Battalion to My Beat (Western Sahara, Algeria, US | Arabic with English subtitles), Jareedy (Egypt | Nubian with English and Arabic subtitles), Five Boys and a Wheel (Jordan, Palestine | Arabic with English subtitles)
*Content is appropriate for children ages 12 and up. Some implied violence and experimental forms*

1 p.m. Those Who Remain (Lebanon, UAE | Arabic with English subtitles)

2:45 p.m. We Have Never Been Kids (Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Lebanon | Arabic with English subtitles)

5 p.m. Retrospective of experimental Lebanese American filmmaker Hisham Bizri featuring short films Asmahan (Egypt | Arabic with English subtitles), Beneath the Wide Heaven (USA, Italy, Cambodia, Vietnam | English and Italian with English subtitles), and The Wanderer (Jordan | No dialogue).
*After the film, stick around for a conversation between the filmmaker and former curator of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, Mohannad Ghawanmeh*

7:15 p.m. Halal Love (And Sex) (Lebanon, Germany | Arabic with English subtitles)
*Content warning: this film contains sexually explicit language and images*
Preceded by short film The Candle (USA | English and Spanish with English subtitles)

9:30 p.m. The War Show (Syria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland | Arabic with English subtitles)

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Film still from The Dream (Al Manam)



Sunday, October 1, St. Anthony Main Theater

11 a.m. Dreaming of Palestine segment: Gaza, a Gaping Wound (Palestine, Poland | Arabic with English subtitles), The Pianist of Yarmouk (Syria, UK, Germany | Arabic with English subtitles), The Dream (Al Manam) (Syria | Arabic with English subtitles)

1:05 p.m. Listen (Lebanon | Arabic with English subtitles)

3:05 p.m. Stitching Palestine (Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon | Arabic with English subtitles)
Preceded by short film Between a Garden and the Sea (Palestine, Canada | Arabic and French with English subtitles)

4:45 p.m. Roundtable discussion with visiting directors. Food provided by Shish.

7 p.m. Solitaire (Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt | Arabic with English subtitles)
Preceded by short film The Parrot (Jordan, Germany | Arabic, Yiddish, and Hebrew with English subtitles)
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