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Arab Film Festival [two films]

Join us for two films in one night at the Michigan Theater for the 2014 Arab Film Festival!  These are the two films that will be screened:

The Forgotten
Director: Ehab Tarabieh
2012. Syria, Qatar.   21 min.

How does one defy the oppression of displacement, especially when it has been forgotten by the world at large, as has that of the people of the Golan Heights? The protagonist in this film seeks obscurity on his own terms by securing the services of a smuggler. Based on a true story. Best Short Film, 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival

In Arabic with English subtitles.

When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak)

Director: Annemarie Jacir


2012. Palestine, Jordan, Greece, UAE.   93 min.


In this coming-of-age story, 11-year-old Tarek – a Palestinian refugee to Jordan during the 1967 war – cannot fathom why he and his mother cannot go home to Palestine to reunite with his father. His frustration with living in a camp leads him to try to walk back to Palestine. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives. When I Saw You is the story of people affected by the times around them, in search of something more in their lives. A journey full of adventure, love, humor and the desire to be free, from the director of the critically acclaimed Salt of This Sea.

In Arabic and English with English subtitles.

Palestine’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film, 2013 Academy Awards
Audience Award, SIGNIS Award, 2013 Amiens Int’l Film Festival
NETPAC Award, 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
Special Award, 2012 Cairo International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Film start time is 7:30 PM. Normal Michigan Theater ticket prices apply.  Please bring an additional dollar to help cover the annual Meetup.com dues.

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  • Scott

    Two wonderful films from Palestinian film makers.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So Sorry to not show up :((
    Was running late and when I got there it was sold out!
    Next time.

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had hope to attend but now have a conflict :(
    I was looking forward to some good discussion on the Oscar's winners and losers, and the broadcast success/failures. Did anyone pick all the top winners? I missed on the Best Director.

    March 4, 2014

  • DianeG

    I cannot get into the Discussion page due to a cyber attack on the Meetup web site. But I wonder, since we aren't gathering together for an Oscar night this year, if we could have a Poll to see who people think(hope?) will win the Oscar in various categories? What do you think Scott?

    March 1, 2014

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