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Newsletter March 2016

1. IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN wins in Abu Dhabi and shows with NATION ESTATE in India
2. DRY HOT SUMMERS in Oman and Morocco
3. HAUNTED in Romania, India and Egypt
4. SOLOMON’S STONE in Italy, Ireland and Morocco
5. FREE RANGE in Ireland and Italy
6. The body of work of Syrian director MOHAMAD MALAS
7. A WORLD NOT OURS in Wiesbaden
8. Re-launch mec film website
9. Event
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1. IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN wins in Abu Dhabi and shows with NATION ESTATE in India

IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN by Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind won the Visual Science Award at the Imagine Science Festival in Abu Dhabi last week. Next week the film is showing, together with Sansour’s NATION ESTATE, at the International Women’s Film festival in New Delhi.

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In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain resides in the cross-section between sci-fi, archaeology and politics. Combining live motion and CGI, the film explores the role of myth for history, fact and national identity.

A narrative resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain – suggested to belong to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands.
Palestine/Denmark/UK/Qatar 2015, 29 min, digital, cinescope, Arabic with English subtitles
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2. DRY HOT SUMMERS in Oman and Morocco

After successful screenings in Clermont-Ferrand Sherif Elbendary’s DRY HOT SUMMERS sets off this month to the Mediterranean Film Festival in Tétouan and the International Film Festival Muscat in Oman.

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Two lonely people at opposite chapters of life accidentally meet on a busy summer day in a Cairo taxi. Frail old Shawky and bubbly young Doaa are both caught up in their busy routines as their race through the city evolves into a journey of self-discovery that reconnects them to life.
Egypt/Germany 2015, 30 min, digital, color, Arabic with English or French subtitles
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3. HAUNTED in Romania, India and Egypt

Restlessly Liwaa Yazji’s feature documentary HAUINTED (MASKOON) travels the world. In March it stops at the One World Festival in Bucharest and at the International Women’s Film festivals of New Delhi and Cairo.

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“When the bombs fell, the first thing we did was run away. It was not until later that we realized we had not looked back. We were not allowed to say goodbye to our home, our memories, our photos and the life that was lived within them. We have become vacant like these spaces; our hastily packed belongings and the forgotten things haunt us.” An uncertain existence followed the escape and expulsion from Syria that tumbled into a physical and mental nowhere, a non-space between yesterday and tomorrow. “Haunted” tells of the loss of home and security, of the real and metaphorical meaning which a house, a home has in one’s life.
Liwaa Yazji, Syria 2014, 112 min, digital, Arabic with English or French subtitles
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4. SOLOMON’S STONE in Italy, Ireland and Morocco

Ramzi Maqdisi’s bitter-comic short film SOLOMON’S STONE from Palestine is invited in March to the Ard Festival in Italy, the Silkroad Festival in Dublin and the Mediterranean Film Festival in Tétouan where the screening will take place in the presence of the director.

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Hussein, a Palestinian young man, receives a letter from the Israeli post office to appear in person to receive a package. He has to pay the sum of 20.000 $ US dollars in order to collect that package. Hussein’s curiosity to find out what the package contains drives him to sell everything he owns, despite the outright rejection of his mother, the matter that changes their lives afterwards.
The story is adapted by the novel Blue Light by Hussein Barghouty.
Palestine/Spain 2015, 25 min, color, Arabic with English or French subtitles
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5. FREE RANGE in Ireland and Italy

After three years Bass Bréche’s Lebanese Spaghetti Western still travels all over the place. In March it shows at the Silkraod Festival in Dublin and the Ard Festival in Sardinia.

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Based on actual events, Free Range is the story of a cow that crosses the border from Israel to Lebanon and meets with 16 year old Malakeh and her family. A  Lebanese Spaghetti-Western that talks about borders and power between people, religions, cows and UN interventions.
Lebanon/Germany 2014, 16 min, digital, cinescope, Arabic with English subtitles
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6. The body of work of Syrian director MOHAMAD MALAS

mec film is happy to pronounce, that we are serving as agent to the films of renown Syrian film-maker Mohamad Malas. Together with Dunia Film in Damascus we make copies available or connect you to the distributor for your territory.
Mohamad Malas’ Œuvre, short and feature length, documentary and fiction, forms a deep chronicle of Syria in the 20th and early 21st century. We are happy to help organizing retrospectives of Mohamad Malas’ work. Please see the catalogue here in English and in Arabic
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7. A WORLD NOT OURS in Wiesbaden

Mahdi Fleifel’s multi-award winning A WORLD NOT OURS is distributed theatrically by mec film in Germany. It is mainly programmed for special events, this month at the Caligari Film Theatre in Wiesbaden.

Content
A dazzling act of first-person filmmaking, Mahdi Fleifel's A World Not Ours immerses us in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh (‘Sweet Spring’) in Lebanon. Hastily built in 1948, it now houses 70,000 refugees in one square kilometre.
Fleifel spent his formative years in the camp in the 1980s before his family settled in Denmark, and for years he has been returning and keeping a video diary. His conversations with the camp residents offer an unfiltered take on life in Ain el-Helweh and the inhabitants’ grievances with Lebanon, Israel and their own political leaders.
At the heart of the film is Fleifel's relationship with his friend Abu Eyad, with whom he shares an obsession with World Cup football and Palestinian politics. But while Fleifel can visit the camp when he pleases, Abu Eyad must remain — an inequity that makes their friendship both extra precious and sometimes tense. Humorous, touching and revelatory, A World Not Ours captures the tumultuous six-decade history of Ain el-Helweh through the lens of Fleifel's own personal journey.
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8. Re-launch mec film website

Since last month mec film’s online appearance changed. The old website had served for almost 15 years and it is not without nostalgia that we took it off the net.
The address is still the same, only the look and some functions have changed. The films are presented with the trailers, the film booklets and images can be downloaded at the service section by festivals, theatres and press. We are happy to finally have the pages in Arabic as well.
Due to some technical hurdles the DVD-shop functions are limited, therefore you still find us at mecfilm-shop.com.
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9. event

On Saturday, March 12th, Irit Neidhardt of mec film is teaching a one day workshop on cinematic coproduction between the PLO and the two German states in the framework of the Filistina cultural week in the German city of Hannover.
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