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Newsletter October 2017

1. ECCOMI … ECCOTI in Rotterdam and San Francisco
3. THE DREAM at Mizna Arab Film Festival
4. HAUNTED in Freiburg and Stockholm
5. DVD of the month – ON A MONDAY

1. ECCOMI … ECCOTI in Rotterdam and San Francisco

Raed Rafei’s feature documentary Eccomi … Eccoti (Lebanon 2017) premiered at the Ayam Beirut Film Festival in Lebanon and shows at the Arab Film Festival San Francisco (13.-22.10.2017) as well as at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam (11.-15.10.2017) in October. The director is present at the screenings in San Francisco.

Two men. Two realities. And a quest for a common future in a world beset with real and imaginary boundaries.
Eccomi ... Eccoti unfolds as a virtual road trip navigating between Italy and Lebanon. Conditioned to live in a long-distance relationship with his partner because of strict European visa regulations, the director patches together the moments shared together in an attempt to create a possible day-to-day reality for their couple.
He questions his partner, Sandro, about his youth and the striving of a generation of gays to assert their homosexuality in a hostile environment. Back in his homeland, the director grapples with his own difficult relationship with his father and a society that regards homosexuality as an aberration. Stuck in limbo between Europe, a promise land for homosexuals but that remains inaccessible, and the Arab reality, that rejects his nature, the director seeks solace in the warmth of the couple.
documentary, Raed Rafei, Lebanon 2017, 68 min, color, Arabic/French/Italian/English with Engl. ST


Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind's Sci-fi IN THE FUTUTRE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN shows at the program NUCLEUS, imagining science at the Noorderlicht Photofestival 2017 from October 22nd till November 26st 2017 in Gronningen/The Netherlands.

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.
short Sci-fi, Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, Palestine / UK / Denmark / Qatar 2015, 29 min, cinescope, color, Arabic with Engl. or French ST

3. THE DREAM at Mizna Arab Film Festival

Mohamad Malas' The Dream, by now a classic of Arab cinema, was released in 1987. In the end of September beginning of October the documentary will be shown at the MIZNA Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in the USA.

Shot in 1980-81, the film is composed of interviews with different Palestinian refugees including children, women, old people, and militants from the refugee camps of Sabra, Shatila, Bourj el-Barajneh, Ain al-Hilweh and Rashidieh in Lebanon. In the interviews Mohamad Malas questions them about their dreams at night. The dreams always converge on Palestine: a woman recounts her dreams about winning the war; a fedai of bombardment and martyrdom; and one man tells of a dream where he meets and is ignored by Gulf emirs. During filming Malas lived in the camps and conducted interviews with more than 400 people. In 1982 the Sabra and Shatila massacres occurred, taking the lives of several people he interviewed, and he stopped working on the project. He returned to it in 1986 and edited the many hours of footage gathered into this 45 minute film, released in 1987.
documentary, Mohamad Malas, Syria 1987, 45 min, Arabic with Engl., German or French ST

4. HAUNTED in Freiburg and in Stockholm

Liwaa Yazji HAUNTED is presented at the Film Festivals The Right To The Image of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (Sweden) in the presence of the director. The festival shows Syrian films and takes place on October 25th and 26th 2017.
In Germany the film is showing at the Kino im Alten Wiehrebahnhof Freiburg on October 15th, 2017, followed by a Q&A with the director.

“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.
documentary, Liwaa Yazji, Syria 2014, 112 or 63 min,  Arabic with English ST, several other langauges are available

5. DVD of the month – ON A MONDAY

By the director of The Last Days of the City

An ordinary couple, a different day...

Tamer El-Said, Egypt 2004, fiction, shortfilm, 8 min, Arabic
Subtitles: English
PAL, region free

New Egyptian Cinema, Love, Surprise, Day-to-Day Life, Routine

Special Jury award at Sakia Festival for Short Feature Films, Cairo
Best short film award at Image Encounter, French cultural center, Cairo
Best short film award at 11th National Film Festival for the Egyptian Cinema, Cairo
Silver Hawk for the short fictions at 5th Arab Film Festival, Rotterdam
Best short film award at 2nd Al-Fayoum Short Film Festival, Egypt
Ebenseer Bear in Silver award at 33rd Festival of Nations, Austria
Best film award Faucon d’OR at 22nd Kelibia International Independent Film Festival, Tunisia
Special Jury award at the Mediterranean 3rd Short Film Festival, Tangier, Morocco

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