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Arab Film Festival returns with diverse and challenging program

13 Aug, 2015

Conflict and instability continue to be the dominant representation of the Arab world, but Festival Co-Directors, Mouna Zaylah and Fadia Abboud are clear on their undertaking to deliver a festival that presents a region of rich and rare stories.

“Arab filmmakers are reflecting exciting and sometimes volatile times, and through cinema they are making powerful statements, challenging stereotypes, and creating conversations about the future they dream of,” says Festival Co-Director, Mouna Zaylah.

“We’re proud to showcase the diversity of the region with films from Jordan, Iraq, UAE, Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon.”

Having established a tradition for screening thought-provoking films, the 12th annual Arab Film Festival returns in 2015 with an impressive series of features, documentaries and short films.

Festival Co-Director Fadia Abboud is anticipating audience reactions to this year’s line-up. “In 2015 the Festival explores taboos from small towns to big cities: Arab chicks car racing in the West Bank; Arab boys taking a road-trip partying across borders and check-points. There’s a theme of pushing boundaries both physically and ideologically”.

The opening night celebrations in Sydney on 13 August will include a screening of Ghadi, a film nominated by Lebanon for submission to the Academy Awards. A heartwarming tale, set in a small Lebanese coastal village, Ghadi tells the story of a young special needs boy and the lengths his father goes to in order to convince the town to accept his son.

The Festival will run in Sydney on Thursday 13 - 16 August, Melbourne on Friday 21 - 23 August, and Canberra on Friday 28 - 30 August and will present six feature films and four short films.

You can see the full program here. 

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The Arab Film Festival is supported by Screen NSW through the Audience Development Program.

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