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Still from "Amal" by Mohamed Siam

AMAL to open IDFA 2017 and an Impressive Presence for Arab Films

19 Oct, 2017 

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA 2017 will open with the AFAC-supported film Amal by Mohamed Siam on 15 November in Amsterdam's grand theatre Carré. Amal is selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary as well as the focus program Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World.

 

Five other AFAC-supported films will feature in the various sections of the festival including Raed Andoni's Ghost Hunting and Sara Ishaq's The Mulberry House in Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, Talal Derki's Of Fathers and Sons in IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Yaser Kassab's On the Edge of Life in Paradocs and Ziad Kalthoum's Taste of Cement in IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary.

 

Eighteen other Arab Films were selected to be part of the 2017 edition as part of the Festival's special focus on the Arab World this year through the program Shifting Perspectives. The films are: The Battle of Algiers and China Is Still Far Away by Malek Bensmaïl, Naila and the Uprising by Julia Bacha, Black Stones by Usama Ghanoum, One Day in Aleppo by Ali Alibrahim, Civil War by Mohamad Soueid, Homeland: Iraq Year Zero by Abbas Fahdel, The Misfortunes of Some and A Flood in Baath Country by Omar Amiralay, On Photography, Dispossession and Times of Struggle by Akram Zaatari,  Step by Step by Osama Mohamed, A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel, Letters to S. by Layla Abyad, In My Father's House by Fatima Jebli Ouazzani, Ouarzazate Movie by Ali Essafi, The Virgin, the Copts and Me by Namir Abdel Messeeh, House in the Fields by Tala Hadid and The Man Behind the Microphone by Claire Belhassine.

 

Stay tuned for the full screening schedule!

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