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Still from Hicham Lasri’s Headbang Lullaby

Five Films Supported by AFAC Play the Berlinale and a Strong Presence for Arab Cinema

01 Feb, 2017 

Five AFAC-supported films will screen at the forthcoming 67th Berlinale (February 9-19), in different sections: Hicham Lasri’s Headbang Lullaby (Morocco), and Raed Andoni’s Ghost Hunting (Palestine) will make their World Premiere at the Panorama; Mohanad Yaqubi’s Off Frame (Palestine) and Haig Aivazian’s Not Everyday Is Spring (Lebanon) will make their European and International Premieres respectively at the Forum Expanded; and Karam Ghossein’s Street of Death (Lebanon), will make its World Premiere at the Shorts Competition.


In addition, Karam Ali’s AFAC-supported documentary project Chopped (Palestine) will be part of Berlinale Talents’ Projects Lab, alongside AFAC previous grantee Ely Dagher (Lebanon) with his new project Harvest.


The above films are part of a bigger presence for Arab cinema at the Festival with a total of 13 films in addition to a special program focusing on Moroccan director Ahmed Bouanani (1938-2011).


Tahqiq fel djenna (Investigating Paradise) by Merzak Allouache (Algeria) is having its international premiere in the Panorama section, while One Plus One Makes a Pharaoh's Chocolate Cake by Marouan Omara and Islam Kamal (Egypt), Seif Tagreeby (Experimental Summer) by Mahmoud Lotfy (Egypt) and Sokun Al Sulhufat (Turtles are Always Home) by Rawane Nassif (Lebanon) will screen in the Forum Expanded section.


The Berlinale Forum will showcase four Arab films: Shu'our akbar min el hob (A Feeling Greater than Love) by Mary Jirmanus Saba (Lebanon), Tigmi n Igren (House in the Fields) by Tala Hadid (Morocco), Obour al bab assabea (Crossing the Seventh Gate) by Ali Essafi (Morocco) and Jassad gharib (Foreign Body) by Raja Amari (Tunisia).


As part of the Forum’s series of Special Screenings, a special program entitled "Autour de Bouanani – Another Moroccan Cinema" commemorates the impact of late Moroccan filmmaker who paved the way for the first generation of artistically ambitious filmmakers in his country. The special program includes: Al-Sarab (The Mirageby Ahmed Bouanani, Alyam, Alyam (oh the Days!) by Ahmed El Maanouni, Hallaq darb al-fuqara’ (The Barber of the Poor District) by Mohamed Reggab, Wechma (Traces) by Hamid Benani; and the shorts: Men lahm wa salb (De Chair et d’Acier) by Mohamed Afifi, Tarfaya aw Masseerat Sha‘er (Tarfaya ou la Marche d’un Poète) by Ahmed Bouanani, Al-‘awdah li Agadir (Retour à Agadirby Mohamed Afifi, Sitta wa thaniat ‘ashar (Six et Douze) by Ahmed Bouanani, Abdelmajid R’chich, Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi,Thakirah Arba’at ‘ashar (Mémoire 14by Ahmed Bouanani, Al-Boraq (Shining) by Abdelmajid R’chich; Al-arba‘a (Les Quatre Sourcesby Ahmed Bouanani.


In addition to Chopped and Harvest, Berlinale Talents’ Project Lab had selected the project You Will Die at Twenty by Amjad Abu Alala (Egypt).


For more about the 67th Berlinale, click here

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