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AFAC Film Week Comes to Algeria

03 Sep, 2018 

After five successful editions in Beirut, Cairo, Tunis, Morocco and Sudan, AFAC is holding its sixth Film Week, 08-10 September, 2018 in Algiers. These film weeks feed into AFAC’s vision to launch film tours among the various Arab cities, exploring the regional appetite for independent Arab films, and reaching out to audiences that have limited access to these films.

 

The 6th AFAC Film Week program, organized in partnership with Project’heurtsPlanète Cinuvers and the ONCI comprises 10 films which hail from seven countries: Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and Syria. Six films will be featured in the 2018 AFAC Film Week fiction selection: 3000 Nights by Mai Masri and A Drowning Man by Mahdi Fleifel both from Palestine, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim by Sherif El Bendary from Egypt, L’échappe by Hamid Saïdji & Jonathan Mason from Algeria, And Romeo Married Juliette by Hinde Boujemaa from Tunisia and HEAdbANG Lullaby by Hicham Lasri from Morocco.

 

Documentary screenings constitute a significant part of the program with four documentary films from emerging and seasoned filmmakers selected for the Film Week. Shedding light on pertinent and timely issues, the four films are varied in style and approach. The 2018 AFAC Film Week documentary selection includes: Atlal by Djamel Kerkar from Algeria, Challat of Tunis by Kaouther Ben Hania from Tunisia, Amal’s Garden by Nadia Shihab from Iraq and Last Men in Aleppo by Feras Fayyad from Syria (The film was banned by the Algerian Ministry of Culture and the screening was canceled).

 

Parallel to the main program, four films will be showcased at the Cinema Azul in Béjaia as part of the 16th Rencontres Cinématographiques de Béjaia special program AFAC Carte Blanche. The AFAC Carte Blanche film selection consists of And Romeo Married Juliette by Hinde Boujemaa, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim by Sherif El Bendary, In the Last Days of the City by Tamer El Said and Hedi by Mohammed Ben Attia.

 

Full Program

 

Screening at the Cinema Azul in Béjaia

 

September 5

 

14:00

And Romeo Married Juliette (18 Minutes, 2014)

Director: Hinde Boujemaa (Tunisia)

When the love that brought them together submits to the will of time; when it transforms what was once so beautiful, into something exhausting; and when this exhaustion becomes a way of life… this is what this film is about.

 

14:30

Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim (90 Minutes, 2016)

Director: Sherif El Bendary (Egypt)

Ali believes his late girlfriend's soul has been reincarnated into a goat. Ali, his goat and his friend Ibrahim embark on a journey of friendship and self-discovery across Egypt to reverse the curse.

Film will be followed by Q&A with the Director Sherif El Bendary.

 

17:00

In the Last Days of the City (118 Minutes, 2016)

Director: Tamer El Said (Egypt)

In the fading grandeur of downtown Cairo, Khalid, a 35-year-old filmmaker is struggling to make a film about a city in which he is losing everything he loves. Now, all around him, dreams as much as buildings are disintegrating, but the need to keep going is not.

 

20:00

Hedi (88 Minutes, 2016)

Director: Mohammed Ben Attia (Tunisia)

Hedi, a young man with great dreams, is struggling his way through social conventions in Tunisia. While his mother tries to decide his life for him, Hedi meets Rym and suddenly he discovers that his world goes beyond and above conventions.

Film will be followed by Q&A with the main actor Majd Mastoura.

 

 

Screening at the Atlas Cinema in Algiers

 

September 8

 

15:00

3000 Nights (103 Minutes, 2015)

Director: Mai Masri (Palestine)

Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian school teacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women's prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However, resilient and still in chains, she gives birth to a baby boy. Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike. The prison director warns her against joining the rebellion and threatens to take her son away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.

 

18:00

L’échappe (22 Minutes, 2016)

Directors: Hamid Saïdji & Jonathan Mason (Algeria)
A kaleidoscopic journey through the streets of Algiers in HOCINE FILALI's ramshackle taxi. With dreams of setting sail for a better life in Italy, Hocine will first have to escape the grip of this magical city and its colorful cast of characters.

 

19:00

A Drowning Man (15 Minutes, 2017)

Director: Mahdi Fleifel (Palestine)

Alone and far from home, the Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators, he is forced to make compromises merely to survive. His life of exile grows one day longer.

 

20:00

Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim (90 Minutes, 2016)

Director: Sherif El Bendary (Egypt)

Ali believes his late girlfriend's soul has been reincarnated in a goat. Ali, his goat and his friend Ibrahim embark on a journey of friendship and self-discovery across Egypt to reverse the curse.

 

September 9

 

15:00

Atlal (100 Minutes, 2016)
Director: Djamel Kerkar (Algeria)
Ouled Allal is an area ravaged by war during the 90s. A constellation of beings, voices, bodies, and buildings face the test of time and live the scars of a slow war without fronts. Among the ruins, memory travels; images and sounds draw a poetic map and a psycho-geographical exploration of the place.

 

18:00

And Romeo Married Juliette (18 Minutes, 2014)

Director: Hinde Boujemaa (Tunisia)

When the love that brought them together submits to the will of time; when it transforms what was once so beautiful, into something exhausting; and when this exhaustion becomes a way of life… this is what this film is about.

 

19:00

Challat of Tunis (90 Minutes, 2013)
Director: Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia)
Tunisia, before the revolution. A man on a motorbike, razor blade in hand, prowls the streets of Tunis slashing women's buttocks. They call him The Challat, aka "The Blade", and the mere mention of his name provokes fascination and terror. Is he a lone criminal, or an urban legend? 10 years later, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, a stubborn young female director sets out on an investigation to unravel the mystery and discover the true Challat of Tunis...

 

September 10

 

15:00

Amal’s Garden (32 Minutes, 2012)
Director: Nadia Shihab (Iraq)
Amal and Mustafa are an ethnic Turkmen couple that have shared a long life together in northern Iraq. When Amal decides to finally renovate their home after a decade of war, Mustafa retreats to the garden, where he encounters the curious gaze of his grandniece and her camera. An intimate story of tenderness amidst ever-shifting conditions.

 

18:00

Last Men in Aleppo (83 Minutes, 2017)
Director: Feras Fayyad (Syria)
After 5 years of war, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves to come under siege. Through the volunteers from The White Helmets, the film tells a personal story about their daily life, death and struggle to keep the streets a place possible to live in. They fight for sanity where war has become the norm.

 

19:30

Headbang Lullaby (111 Minutes, 2017)
Director: Hicham Lasri (Morocco)

Casablanca, June 11, 1986, day of the world cup. After yet another blunder, an embittered cop, Daoud, is sent by his dissatisfied superiors to spend a day on a bridge between two neighborhoods fight to protect the hypothetical passage of the Royal procession.


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