After three successful editions in Beirut, Cairo, and Tunis, AFAC is holding its fourth Film Week, April 22-28, 2017 in Tangier. AFAC’s vision is to have the film tour among the various Arab cities, exploring the regional appetite for independent Arab films, and reaching out to audiences that have limited access to these films.
The 4th AFAC Film Week program comprises 11 films , co-curated with Cinémathèque de Tanger and in collaboration with the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS). The selected films hail from eight countries: Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Five award-winning feature-length fiction films will screen: 3000 Nights (2015) by Mai Masri (Palestine), Tramontane (2016) by Vatche Boulghourjian (Lebanon), The Curve (2015) by Rifqi Assaf (Jordan), Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim (2016) by Sherif El Bendary and In the Last Days of the City (2014) by Tamer El Said, both from Egypt. The program also includes Moroccan director Karima Zoubir’s short fiction film Behind the Wall (2016).
Documentary screenings constitute an important part of the program with five documentary films from emerging and seasoned filmmakers selected for the Week. Shedding light on pertinent and timely issues, the five films are varied in style and approach. The 2017 AFAC Film Week documentary selection includes: The Wanted 18 (2014) by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan (Palestine), Zaineb Hates the Snow (2016) by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia), Hajwalah (2015) by Rana Jarbou (Saudi Arabia), Checks and Balances (2016) by Malek Bensmaïl (Algeria) and Family Albums (2013) by Nassim Amaouche, Mais Darwazah, Erige Sehiri and Sameh Zoabi.
Parallel to the main program two screenings from the documentary program for young students from Tangier schools will be held at Cinémathèque alongside a Master Class on filmmaking with Palestinian award-winning filmmaker Raed Andoni.
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For more details about the films, view the AFW17 brochure