16th Edition of the Arab Film Festival, US
babelmed - 03/10/2012
The Arab Film Festival is an annual event that aims to enhance public understanding of Arab culture by providing alternative representations of Arabs that contradict the stereotypical images encountered in the American mass media. The festival features films from and about the Arab World that provide realistic perspectives on people, society, culture, art, history and politics.
This year’s edition will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles from the 11th to the 21st of October 2012:
Oct 11-14 San Francisco
Oct 12-14 San Jose
Oct 19-21 Berkeley
Oct 19-21 Los Angeles
Nov 16-17 San Diego
This year’s opening night film is :
Man Without a Cell Phone
Sameh Zoabi Feature Film | Palestine, Belgium, France, Qatar | 2011 | 78 min.
Twenty-something Palestinian-Israeli slacker Jawdat just wants to have fun with his friends, talk on his cell phone and find love. Instead, he navigates unconvincing dates with Muslim, Christian, and Jewish girls, and wrestles with the Hebrew college entrance exam. Meanwhile, his curmudgeonly olive-farming father, Salem, is determined to drag Jawdat and his whole community into a fight against a nearby Israeli cell phone tower he fears is poisoning the villagers with radiation. As Salem’s efforts to remove the tower disrupt Jawdat’s precious cell phone reception and communication with his potential girlfriends, Jawdat is forced to face the battle and grow up.
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