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Admission to the series will be sold either as an all-access pass or a la carte. $65 (members), $75 (nonmembers) for the all-access pass, available for purchase here. OR $10 (members), $12 (nonmembers) per film.

Description

From Wednesday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 10, BAM and Jacob Burns Film Center present the third annual “Contemporary Arab Cinema.” The beauty, complexity, and diversity of Arab culture shines in these vital recent works from some of the Middle East and North Africa’s boldest filmmakers. Featuring thrillers, tales of forbidden love and sociopolitical upheaval, women’s rights, and tradition, the series offers stunning dispatches from an ever-evolving region. This year’s edition also offers two films capturing the city of Beirut in the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic explosion in August 2020. Series curated by Lina Matta.

All films screen virtually Mar 3—10

SCHEDULE

10 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING (2018)

Dir. Amr Gamal.

A young couple must contend with sociopolitical strife on their way to tying the knot in this heart-pounding romance, the first Yemeni-made film to screen commercially in Yemen.

120min.

In Arabic with English subtitles

BEIRUT 6:07 (2020)

Various Directors.

Lebanese filmmakers pay tribute to the immense casualties of the Beirut port blast through a series of 15 short stories inspired by true events and real people.

127min.

(Screens with Shattered Beirut 6:07)

In Arabic with English subtitles

THE BLESSED (2017)

Dir. Sofia Djama.

Over the course of one night in Algiers, Sofia Djama’s artful debut follows two very different generations in a city still reverberating from the “black decade” brought on by the civil war in 1991.

102min.

In French and Arabic with English Subtitles

CAIRO 678 (2013)

Dir. Mohamed Diab.

A powerful portrait of three women drawn from Cairo’s complex social hierarchy, brought together by their experiences of sexual harassment and driven to exact revenge.

100min.

In Arabic with English subtitles

EL GUSTO (2011)

Dir. Safinez Bousbia.

A Jewish and Muslim orchestra is reunited over 50 years after the group—and its unique cross-pollination of cultural traditions—was torn apart during the Algerian struggle for independence.

88min.

In French and Arabic with English subtitles

HALAL LOVE (2015)

Dir. Assad Fouladkar.

Devout Beiruti Muslims try to manage their loves, lives, and desires without breaking any of their religion’s rules in these three intertwined stories.

94min.

In Arabic with English subtitles

HEDI (2016)

Dir. Mohamed Ben Attia.

This touching, provocative portrait of male suffocation in traditional Muslim society follows a passive young man who is listlessly drifting through life, until he meets a free-spirited woman.

88min.

In Arabic with English subtitles

HORSES OF GOD (2012).

Dir. Nabil Ayouch.

Inspired by the 2003 terrorist attacks in Casablanca, this striking and unsentimental drama traces one boy’s journey from desperate childhood into a young adulthood given new meaning by Islamic fundamentalism.

115min.

In Arabic and French with English subtitles

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (2017)

Dir. Tarik Saleh.

A stunning political thriller based on the true story of a murder investigation that cut to the heart of Egypt’s untouchable elite, in the weeks leading up to the 2011 revolution.

111min.

In Arabic with English subtitles

OMAR (2014)

Dir. Hany Abu-Assad.

A young baker is transformed into a freedom fighter in this romantic thriller, which captures the danger, suspicion, and ambiguities of everyday life in occupied Palestine.

98min.

In Arabic with English subtitles

THERE PORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM (2018)

Dir. Muayad Alayan.

A casual affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man snowballs into an explosive political crisis in this gripping study of the ethnic and social fault lines that define life in contemporary Israel.

127min.

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

SHATTEREDBEIRUT 6:07 (2020)

Dir. Carol Mansour.

In the aftermath of the massive explosion that devastated Beirut, Carol Mansour documented her city in candid, unscripted voice note messages capturing the feelings of helplessness, frustration, and anger.

15min.

In Arabic with English subtitles (Screenswith Beirut 6:07)

ZERO (2012)

Dir. Nour Eddine Lakhmari.

A troubled Casablanca police officer searches for a missing woman and struggles to build himself a new life in this noir thriller.

120min.

In Arabic with English subtitles