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The 14th annual Arab Film Festival Australia (AFFA) returns this August in 2017 sharing the stories and cultures of the Arab world with an impressive program of six features and five short films.
AFFA will screen films from Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Tunisia and Australia, and kicks off in Sydney (17–20 August), moving through Melbourne (25-27 August), Canberra (01–02 September) before concluding in Perth (09 September).
The 2017 Arab Film Festival program serves as an important platform for films that share unique and often unheard or untold stories about the experiences of Arab people today. This year the Festival shines a light on the lives of generations of Arab women and how they navigate and overcome modern day prejudice. AFFA also features stories that provide audiences with an in depth look at the lives of young men and how they battle with expectations of masculinity in today’s society. From documentaries to classic love stories, the program explores the politics of identity and finding one’s place in a world plagued by turmoil.
“I am very excited that this year’s films have such a strong representation of women and complex stories about the lives of men as they challenge societies expectations of them” says Co-Festival Director, Fadia Abboud. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature new female directors through the incredible films we have selected in this year’s Festival. ”
A screening of MAHBAS will launch the festival at the opening night party in Sydney, held at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Thursday 17 August. MAHBAS is a romantic comedy about love and marriage amongst Arab neighbours. The film tells the story of Therese, a Lebanese woman who holds a decades-old grudge against Syrians, due to her brother’s passing caused by a Syrian bomb. As she prepares to meet her daughter’s future in-laws, she is horror-struck to discover that they are Syrian.
Joining the festival on opening night will be the Director of MAHBAS, Sophie Boutros. MAHBAS is Boutros’ debut feature film and had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival 2016.