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First edition of the Independent Iraqi Film Festival

Oline and entirely free to watch, the Independent Iraqi Film Festival brings us features, shorts and discussions, shedding a spotlight on a thriving cinematic culture in the country and among the Iraqi diaspora. IA: Israa Al-Kamali AH: Ahmed (...)

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Our Picks And American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Another fortnight, another episode! We start with our picks and move on to a discussion about American Horror Story: Apocalypse (S8, 2018). As huge horror fans, we’ll have other episodes down the line in this genre.... Coco’s Top Pick is (...)

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Q&A with Mostafa Morad, dir. Henet Ward - Clermont 2020

Halima, a Sudanese woman living in Egypt, works as a henna painter. On a regular working day, she goes to one of Giza’s local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding. Her seven-year-old daughter Ward accompanies her and starts to wander around (...)

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Q&A with Shady Srour, dir. Oslo - Clermont 2020

Ziad, a Palestinian day labourer, is denied entry into Israel for work that day. Not wanting to return home empty handed after promising his daughter meat for dinner, he needs to get creative. Trump’s latest meddling in the region has (...)

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Q&A with Sofia Alaoui, dir. Qu’importe si les bêtes meurent [So What if the Goats Die] - Clermont 2020

In the heights of the Atlas mountains, Abdellah, a young shepherd, and his father are snowed in. As their animals start to starve, Abdellah goes in search of supplies in a village more than a day’s walk away. With his mule, he arrives in the (...)

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Q&A with Farah Nabulsi, dir. The Present - Clermont 2020 Audience Award

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping? British-Palestinian Farah Nabulsi is relatively (...)

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Short of the Week: Nefta Football Club, dir. Yves Piat

In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on his ears and bags full of a white powder on his back. The two young brothers decide to bring those bags (...)

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Encounters 2019 Arab selection

Strange Cities Are Familiar, Dir. Saeed Taji Farouky At once lyrical and political, this film centres on a beautifully understated performance by Mohammad Bakri as Ashraf, a refugee living in London who is unable to return to Palestine to be (...)

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Our picks of Arab docs 2: Papa Hedi - the Man Behind the Microphone

Filmmaker Claire Belhassime unbelievably randomly finds out that her grandfather is none other than legendary Tunisian singer Hedi Jouini. As she decides to retrace his life, she uncovers both Hedi’s role in political and social movements and (...)

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Our pick of Arab docs 1

We’ve been watching recently - and not quite yet - released documentaries by Arab filmmakers. We’ll be posting our picks and where to find them in the next few days and weeks, starting with the below. Counting Tiles, dir. Cynthia Choucair (...)

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