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Arab Spring/Arab Fall

Curated by Zeina Zahreddine. Read Zeina's essay here. 

A burgeoning new Arab cinema — bold, inventive, political and unafraid — is emerging out of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt. This group of films is from a new generation of artists and filmmakers who are making work in the midst of profound cultural and social change. The films in Arab Spring/Arab Fall include:

Farid Eslam | 
USA/UK/Germany/Canada/Egypt/Czech Republic |
 2015 | 
85 minutes

The revolutionary power of music is the subject of Farid Eslam’s rollicking documentary, buoyed along by performances from some of the Arab world’s most exciting new performers. As the society tests its limits, artists and musicians push against the boundaries of tradition, culture, and religion, creating a call for freedom and peace that you can dance to.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 8:45pm
Salim Abu Jabal | 
Palestine |
 2015 | 
70 minutes

An elderly Palestinian couple’s rundown home in the Roshmia Valley, close to the Israeli city of Haifa, is the scene for a slowly unfolding tragedy. Yousef and Amna have lived in their tumbledown place, constructed of corrugated iron and canvas sheets, for more than 50 years. Change is on its way, and it is well nigh unstoppable. Yousef and Amna vow that they won’t be moved.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 9:00pm
Afraa Batous | 
Lebanon/Syria/Turkey |
 2015 | 
85 minutes

In the face of the bitter horror of the Syrian situation, three young artists (Sobhi, Hussein, and Afraa) attempt to find some meaning in their lives through art and theatre. These might seem like paltry weapons against Scud missiles, but they are the only things these young artists/activists have.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 8:30pm
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