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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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10 Days Before the Wedding
Jun
8
3:00 PM15:00

10 Days Before the Wedding

Rasha and Ma’moon, a young Yemeni couple, were set to get married but the war of 2015 stood in the way of their wedding. After so much suffering, they try the best they can to make it happen in 2018. But yet again, obstacles appear — except this time it’s not the war, but its aftermath. From evacuating their homes to dealing with warring parties controlling certain areas to the economic crisis, the couple struggles to race against time to make sure the wedding of their dreams happens on time. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10 Days Before the Wedding
Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

10 Days Before the Wedding

Rasha and Ma’moon, a young Yemeni couple, were set to get married but the war of 2015 stood in the way of their wedding. After so much suffering, they try the best they can to make it happen in 2018. But yet again, obstacles appear — except this time it’s not the war, but its aftermath. From evacuating their homes to dealing with warring parties controlling certain areas to the economic crisis, the couple struggles to race against time to make sure the wedding of their dreams happens on time. 

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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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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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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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