Please join us for the second night of 2014 Arab Film Festival at The Arab American National Museum, one short and one feature film.
Though I Know the River is Dry
Director: Omar Robert Hamilton
2013/Palestine, Egypt, UK, Qatar
Prix UIP, 2013 Rotterdam International Film Festival
Best Short from the Arab World, 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival
A man returns to Palestine from the U.S. and experiences what he had not expected – a vivid remembrance of the time before he had left involving his brother, lover and unborn child – charting the realm that marks the intersection of collective memory and involuntary autobiographical memory. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Professor (Al Oustadh)
Director: Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud
2012/France, Tunisia, Qatar
Best Performance, Ahmed Hafiane, 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival
Best Screenplay, Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, 2012 Carthage Film Festival
Deeply insightful about the human-rights situation in Tunisia in the 1970s, Professor is a dramatization of the events surrounding a university law instructor’s involvement with the government of President Habib Bourguiba. Appointed by the ruling party to defend the official position of its League of Human Rights during a period of tension, Khalil Kalsaoui is having an extramarital affair with one of his students. When she is arrested for her political views, Kalsaoui’s attempts to defend her puts his career and personal life in jeopardy. The film echoes the deterioration of human rights in Tunisia under recently deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and in doing so demonstrates one of the main forces driving Tunisia’s revolution of 2011. In Arabic and French with English subtitles.