ALFILM 2015: The first round of films for the Official Selection is confirmed
With over 400 film submissions, the sixth festival season for ALFILM has begun in December. Now the first films have been chosen for this year's festival’s Official Selection and stories and perspectives of female filmmakers and protagonists are being given a prominent place.
This year's opening film Decór (Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt, 2014) tells the story of the successful film set designer Maha. As the low artistic standards of her current commercially driven film project begin to take a toll on her, she searches for a way to escape this reality and increasingly identifies with the troubled protagonist of the film itself. The boundaries between the two women begin to blur and so the story shifts between reality and projection. Abdalla’s complex drama pays tribute to the strong female characters of classic Egyptian cinema and is a clever reflection on society.
Zeina Daccache will return to ALFILM with the presentation of her second documentary, Scheherazade's Diary (Lebanon, 2013). Set in a womens` prison in Lebanon, the film follows the inmates as Daccache leads them through several months of drama therapy. Stories of domestic violence, substance abuse, social isolation and oppression are reflected upon and staged in individual cases as well as within the context of a patriarchal society where women are both victims and perpetrators.
Nadir Moknèche’s Goodbye Morocco (France, 2012) is another feature in the program of ALFILM 2015. The multi-layered, atmospheric Film Noir reflects upon the post-colonial social and political power relations in North Africa. It is centered around single mother Dounia, who dreams of emigrating with her son in order to break away from his father’s influence and to rebuild a new life. The Moroccan building site run by Dounia becomes the stage where a drama of money, sex, and power unfolds.
The documentary The Mulberry House (Sara Ishaq, Yemen / UAE / Syria / Egypt, 2013) - told from the perspective of the Scottish-Yemeni director - offers a unique glimpse into the daily life of a Yemeni family and their response to the recent political upheaval in the country. Ten years after living with her mother in Scotland, young filmmaker Sara returns to her birthplace Yemen and approaches a new relationship to her estranged family. She unexpectedly becomes a witness of the uprising against the regime of president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Taking up her camera to document the events that follow, she is led back in touch with her father, who begins to see his daughter with different eyes.
Detailed information about the festival program of ALFILM will soon be available on our website (www.alfilm.de). For any further information please do not hesitate to contact our Press Officer Cornelia Weinberger (email@example.com).
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Arabisches Filmfestival Berlin
Arab Film Festival Berlin
08. - 15. April 2015