Arab American Shorts - Diasporic Narrative
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Arab American Shorts - Diasporic Narrative

The Arab American Shorts program is your chance to hear from the Arab American community through cinematic shorts. Immediately following the shorts program, we will be joined by several of the directors for a talkback on navigating issues facing the Arab American community through cinema. [77 min.]

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Sofia
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Sofia

  • Arab American National Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Michigan Premiere

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification papers belonging to the father of the child before informing the authorities.

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Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

Marjoun, clad in all black, with dark eyes and dark hair, is 17 years old and an outsider in her home of Little Rock, Arkansas. Her father Aabid is from Lebanon, and in county jail awaiting trial for his alleged connections to Hezbollah. As she deals with the tensions in her high school and the attempts to get her father out of jail, she takes solace in writing poetry on her typewriter and fancying Chaney, the boy in her math class. When hope dims for her father’s release, Marjoun seeks to take to the open road on a motorcycle. Will she escape or be pulled back into her life in Little Rock?

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Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara
Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

Michigan Premiere

Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in the territory of Western Sahara, the end of European rule only gave way to a new occupation, this time by Morocco. More than four decades later, the world continues to look the other way as the Sahrawi people face arrests, torture, and disappearances for demanding their independence.

Life Is Waitinga film by director Iara Lee, chronicles this struggle. What will it take for the people of Western Sahara to reverse decades of broken promises and gain their freedom? What lessons does Sahrawi resistance offer for nonviolent movements around the world? In Life Is Waiting, join an incredible cast of Sahrawi activists and artists as they offer their answers.

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Weldi
Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Weldi

Michigan Premiere

Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But just as they finally seem to be getting better, he disappears without a trace.

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Arab World Shorts - Voices from the Homeland
Jun
14
8:30 PM20:30

Arab World Shorts - Voices from the Homeland

The Arab World Shorts program brings seven of the best short films from the Arab World to metro Detroit. Audiences will hear from women all throughout the Arab World — from Saudi Arabia to Tunisia, Iraq to Yemen — and their stories about passion, trauma and triumph. [90 min.]

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Mafak (Screwdriver)
Jun
14
3:00 PM15:00

Mafak (Screwdriver)

Michigan Premiere

In 2002, teenagers Ziad and Ramzi are the stars of Al-Amari basketball team. But when Ramzi is shot dead in a crossfire, Ziad and his team seek revenge. Ziad is captured by Israeli forces, tortured, and then released 15 years later. Paraded as a hero upon his release, Ziad feels like a fraud. Ziad attempts to get his life in order and works with an old friend at a construction site. Living in limbo, unable to distinguish reality from hallucination he unravels and forces himself to go back to where it all began.

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Yommedine
Jun
13
8:30 PM20:30

Yommedine

Beshay — a man cured of leprosy — has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meager possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity.

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Sofia
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Sofia

  • Detroit Film Theatre at Detroit Institute of Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Michigan Premiere

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification papers belonging to the father of the child before informing the authorities.

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Weldi
Jun
12
8:30 PM20:30

Weldi

Michigan Premiere

Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But just as they finally seem to be getting better, he disappears without a trace.

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Arab World Shorts - Voices from the Homeland
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Arab World Shorts - Voices from the Homeland

  • Detroit Film Theatre at Detroit Institute of Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Arab World Shorts program brings seven of the best short films from the Arab World to metro Detroit. Audiences will hear from women all throughout the Arab World — from Saudi Arabia to Tunisia, Iraq to Yemen — and their stories about passion, trauma and triumph. [90 min.]

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Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

Marjoun, clad in all black, with dark eyes and dark hair, is 17 years old and an outsider in her home of Little Rock, Arkansas. Her father Aabid is from Lebanon, and in county jail awaiting trial for his alleged connections to Hezbollah. As she deals with the tensions in her high school and the attempts to get her father out of jail, she takes solace in writing poetry on her typewriter and fancying Chaney, the boy in her math class. When hope dims for her father’s release, Marjoun seeks to take to the open road on a motorcycle. Will she escape or be pulled back into her life in Little Rock?

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Weldi
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Weldi

Michigan Premiere

Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But just as they finally seem to be getting better, he disappears without a trace.

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Mafak (Screwdriver)
Jun
9
3:30 PM15:30

Mafak (Screwdriver)

Michigan Premiere

In 2002, teenagers Ziad and Ramzi are the stars of Al-Amari basketball team. But when Ramzi is shot dead in a crossfire, Ziad and his team seek revenge. Ziad is captured by Israeli forces, tortured, and then released 15 years later. Paraded as a hero upon his release, Ziad feels like a fraud. Ziad attempts to get his life in order and works with an old friend at a construction site. Living in limbo, unable to distinguish reality from hallucination he unravels and forces himself to go back to where it all began.

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Sofia
Jun
9
1:30 PM13:30

Sofia

Michigan Premiere

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification papers belonging to the father of the child before informing the authorities.

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I Speak in Image - Free Workshop
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

I Speak in Image - Free Workshop

Just as people can verbalize their thoughts, they can visualize them just the same. But one must ask, what is the difference between looking and seeing? Can we do both, or does it take practice? What about imagination?

In a three hour workshop, participants will explore image as a language. Alia Ali, multi-media visual artist and visual storyteller, conducts an interactive workshop on how to use light to transfer imagination into two dimensional artwork. By engaging participants through discussions, brainstorming, group work and digital media, individuals will leave feeling more enriched and confident in understanding image as a language and a medium in which they can document history, manifest expression, and build an audience.

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Yommedine
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Yommedine

Beshay — a man cured of leprosy — has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meager possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity.

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Arab American Shorts - Diasporic Narrative
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Arab American Shorts - Diasporic Narrative

The Arab American Shorts program is your chance to hear from the Arab American community through cinematic shorts. Immediately following the shorts program, we will be joined by several of the directors for a talkback on navigating issues facing the Arab American community through cinema. [77 min.]

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Short Doc Block
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

Short Doc Block

This block of short documentary films brings together voices from Palestine, Jordan, Yemen and the United States. Important documentaries like these rarely make it to mainstream outlets, yet their stories are too essential and necessary for us to hear. The directors give us a glimpse into their subjects' lives, community, struggles and identities.

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I Speak in Image - Free Workshop
Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

I Speak in Image - Free Workshop

Just as people can verbalize their thoughts, they can visualize them just the same. But one must ask, what is the difference between looking and seeing? Can we do both, or does it take practice? What about imagination?

In a three hour workshop, participants will explore image as a language. Alia Ali, multi-media visual artist and visual storyteller, conducts an interactive workshop on how to use light to transfer imagination into two dimensional artwork. By engaging participants through discussions, brainstorming, group work and digital media, individuals will leave feeling more enriched and confident in understanding image as a language and a medium in which they can document history, manifest expression, and build an audience.

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Capernaum
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Capernaum

Capernaum tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows this gutsy, streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets and takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole). Made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own, Capernaum is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery.

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