AUGUST 17 -22: Sudan Film Factory
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and Sudan Film Factory, in partnership Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS), are happy to invite you to “AFAC Film Week” Running from the 17 to 22 August 2017 in Khartoum, Sudan. The Film Week program offers 8 Screenings of films produced with the support of AFAC including THE CURVE by Rifqi Assaf (Jordan), THE TIME THAT REMAINS by Elia Suleiman (Palestine), MOTHER OF THE UNBORN by Nadine Salib (Egypt), TRAMONTANE by Vatche Boulghourjian (Lebanon), ZAINEB HATES THE SNOW by Kouther Ben Hania (Tunisia), FREE RANGE by Bassem Breich (Lebanon), ALI, THE GOAT AND IBRAHIM by Sherif Elbendary (Egypt) and HAJWALA by Rana Jarbou (Saudi Arabia).
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Screenings begin at 8:00 pm
Thursday 17 August 2017
Tramontane: Feature Fiction - 100 min – Lebanon
Director: Vatche Boulghourjian
About the Film: Rabih, a blind musician, discovers that his identification card is forged. Travelling across rural Lebanon in search of his birth certificate, he meets people who tell their own stories and open further questions about his origins. Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a .nation incapable of telling his narrative
About the Director: Vatche Boulghourjian holds an MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film Program. He has worked through- out the Middle East on documentaries for television networks while also making his independent shorts and experimental films. His debut feature. Rabih (Tramontane) premiered at the 55th Semaine de la Critique of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Friday 18 August 2017
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim: Feature Fiction – 90 Min – Egypt
Director: Sherif Elbendary
About the Film: This is the strange love story of a young man, Ali, living in a rough neighborhood. He travels across Egypt on the recommendation of a psychic along with, Ibrahim notoriously known for hearing voices in his head, which drive him mad. Their journey turns into a voyage of friendship and self-discovery.
About the Director: Born in 1978, Egyptian filmmaker Sherif Elbendary lives and works in Cairo. Elbendary graduated from "High Institute of Cinema" directing department in Cairo in 2007, where he has been teaching film directing since 2008. In 2004 Elbendary started working as Assistant Director in feature films and in commercials. His first short fiction film “Rise & Shine” in 2006 was officially selected in more than 33 countries and won 15 awards. Sherif's films then entered the short film industry and gained a lot of popularity with audiences, critics and filmmakers. In 2014 he received the "Robert Bush" scholarship, funding his short film "Dry Hot Summer", which had its first screening in Dubai International Film Festival. "Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim" is his first long feature film and his latest project is the second season of television show "Al-Gama'a".
Saturday 19 August 2017
Zaineb Hates the Snow: Feature Documentary – 94 Min – Tunisia
Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
About the Film: 2009. Tunisian Nine-year-oldZaineb lost her father. Her mother will rebuild her life with a man in Canada. Zaineb was told that once she is there, she can finally see the snow!
But she wants nothing to do with this new country, Because Zaineb has decided to hate the snow. Covering six years in the life of a charismatic young Tunisian girl and her changing family life, Zaineb Hates the Snow is a beautiful and poignant coming-of-age documentary told through the eyes of a wide-eyed little émigré.
About the Director: Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema in Tunisia and in Paris (Femis and la Sorbonne). She directed several shorts including "Wooden hand" (2013), which had a long and successful run on the international festival circuit. Her documentary film "Imams go to school" was premiered at IDFA 2010 and selected in many prestigious festivals. "Challat of Tunis" her first feature film, opened the ACID section at the Cannes Film Festival 2014. Her latest film "ZAINEB HATES THE SNOW", shot during 6 years between Tunisia and Canada, will première in the official selection at Locarno Film Festival.
Sunday 20 August 2017
Hajwala: Short Documentary – 20 Min – Saudi Arabia
Director: Rana Jarbou
About the Film: Hajwalah explores the city of Riyadh as seen through the lens of Rakan, a young male joyrider, and that of the filmmaker herself. It visualizes the city sprawl through driving without direction. "Hajwalah" is the term for a youth male subculture in Saudi Arabia engaging in activities ranging from drifting to joyriding to simply attending the joyriding processions taking place in the outer city. Hajwalah also means driving around in no direction.
About the Director: Rana Jarbou is a social documentarian interested in Arab counter-narratives and visual cultures. She’s published essays on Arabic graffiti, and exhibited her work in international and regional arts and culture exhibitions. Her first film Hajwalah screened in numerous international film festivals, and it received a special mention award at the Saudi Film Festival in 2016. She currently works as a freelance documentary maker and continues to research and document Arabic graffiti in her ongoing project "1001 Walls."
The Curve: Feature Fiction – 81 Min – Jordan
Director: Rifqi Assaf
About the Film: Radi, who leads a reclusive life in his own van, finds himself on a road trip with three strangers that alters his clockwork and very private lifestyle.
About the Director: Rifqi Assaf is an award-winning Jordanian filmmaker and screenwriter. His filmography includes the short films: THE VIEW (2008), AMMAN IN RED (2006) and THE LAST PATCH (2005). In its project stage, THE CURVE was short-listed by Abu Dhabi’s Shasha Grant, won the Arab Fund for Culture and Arts grant and support from the Jordanian Film Fund.
Monday 21 August 2017
The Time that Remains: Feature Fiction – 105 Min – Palestine
Director: Elia Suleiman
About the Film: Palestinian actor, screenwriter and director Elia Suleiman strings semi-biographical stories about being Palestinian in Israel over generations beginning in 1948. In part inspired from the journals kept by his father, the film opens in the final hours before the surrender of Nazareth, where Fuad (Saleh Bakri), a Palestinian resistance fighter is separated from Thurayya (Leila Muammar), the love of his life. By 1970, while Fuad has lost his idealism his son, ES (Zuhair Abu Hanna) is punished by the school headmaster for calling the United States colonialists. A few years later, ES (Ayman Espanioli) has to flee the country as a young adult, after the Israeli police come looking for him. And some more years later, ES (Elia Suleiman) returns to attend for his elderly mother (Samar Qudha Tanus). At once witty, poignant, sharp and innovative The Time That Remains, is Suleiman’s third film about the absurdity of being Palestinian in Israel and under the continuing occupation of the West Bank, follows Chronicle of a Disappearance and Divine Intervention also award-winning films.
About the Director: Born in 1960 in Nazareth, Elia Suleiman lived in New York from 1981-1993. While in the United States, he directs his first two short films: Introduction to the End of an Argument and Homage by Assassination, winning numerous awards. In 1994, he settles down in Jerusalem, where the European Commission entrusts him with the mission of creating a Film and Media Department at Birzeit University. His essays and articles have been published in English, Arabic and French. His first feature film, Chronicle of a Disappearance, won the Best First Film Prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes as well as the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome.
Tuseday 22 August 2017
Free Range: Short Fiction – 17 Min – Lebanon
Director: Bassem Breich
About the Film: This is the story of a cow that crosses the border from Israel to Lebanon and meet with 16 year old Malakeh and her family. A human story told through a Lebanese Spaghetti-Western that talks about borders and power between people, cows and UN intervention.
About the Director: Born in Lebanon 1978, Breche is an Emmy Award winning scriptwriter and director he started his career as an actor in Lebanon and the UK: (Blind Flight,2003) and (Hamburg Cell, 2004), before altering into writing and directing. Since 2007, Breche has directed three short films: Both (2007), Ziu (2013) and Free Range (2014) premiering at Cannes’ Critics week, touring and collecting different awards in film festivals.
Um Ghayeb - Mother of the Unborn: Feature Documentary – 85 Min – Egypt
Director: Nadine Salib
About the Film: In a forgotten corner of Egypt lives a woman who is yearning for a child. Having no option but to live on the fringe of her community because of her infertility, Hanan lingers between a dream that is slowly slipping away and her struggle to find a place where she belongs. While everything that surrounds her bustles with fertility and mortality, she wonders how to give meaning to the time that she has in between.
About the Director: Nadine Salib Born in Egypt in 1984, Nadine graduated from a film school in Egypt in 2006. She started her career as an assistant director. In 2012 she directed her first short documentary ‘Fagr’ or ‘Dawn’, it won the second prize in the Arab women filmmakers competition in the Baghdad International Film Festival and the 1st prize in the 12th Goethe independent Film Festival in Egypt. ‘Um Ghayeb’, or ‘Mother of the unborn’ is her first feature-length documentary, it premiered in IDFA 2014, and won the Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance competition, it also won the FIPRESCI for best documentary in Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014.