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Arab World Shorts - Voices from the Homeland

  • Detroit Film Theatre at Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI, 48202 United States (map)

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.]


Black Mamba

Dir. Amel Guellaty / 2017 / Tunisia / 20 min. / PG 13

For Sarra, everything on the surface is going as planned….for her mother. She is taking sewing lessons and will soon be married. But Sarra is secretly devising a plan, with which she will shake up the trajectory of her life.

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The Dance of Amal

Dir. Rami Al Rabih / 2018 / Lebanon, Czech Republic / 8 min. / PG

Michigan Premiere

Forced to leave her home, Amal tells her story through dance. Portraying her experiences through motion, her only amal, or “hope” in Arabic, is that someone in the audience will be able to see her pain.



Dir. Ibi Ibrahim / 2017 / Yemen, Jordan / 9 min. / PG-13

A short video piece that recounts the struggle of Yemenis stranded and displaced outside of Yemen as a result of the ongoing war, through the usage of bird migration footage as well as animated footage of Yemen.

Mosul 980

Dir. Ali Mohammed Saeed / 2019 / Iraq, United States / 10 min. / PG 13

Disguised as an ISIS fighter, a young Yazidi woman is on the run, trying to find her way back home, among the ruins of Mosul. 


Dir. Soudade Kaadan / 2019 / Syria, Lebanon / 13 min. / PG-13

A dynamic take on the life of Syrian refugees told through dark comedy.

Nadia’s Visa

Dir. Hanadi Elyan / 2018 / Jordan, USA / 18 min. / PG-13

After failing to obtain a travel visa to meet with her family, Nadia finds herself stuck in a moral dilemma.

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Dunya’s Day

Dir. Raed Alsemari / 2018 / Saudi Arabia / 14 min. / PG 13

When her domestic help go missing, Dunya panics because tonight is her big graduation party.  She will do anything to have the perfect graduation soiree.

Earlier Event: June 11
Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf
Later Event: June 12