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Rotterdam Arab Film Festival announces its opening films

This year's opening films at the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival will reflect upon the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt

Ahram Online, Monday 29 Aug 2011
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The 11th edition of the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival 2011 (7 September-11 September), which will be dedicated the revolutions around the Arab region, has announced its two opening films at the festival.

The opening documentaries, the Tunisian Al-Sharara (The flame) by Al-Mongy Farhany and Moharam (Forbidden) by Amal Ramsis, shed light on the revolutions that took place in both countries.

The festival will screen around another 40 films from Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq including the Egyptian films Al-Mosafer (The Traveller), Microphone, Sarkhet Namlet (The Cry of an Ant) and Bel Alwan El Tabeeya (Natural Colours) as well as the short film Ahmar Bahet (Pale Red).

Films from the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, France, Belgium and Iran will also be screened.

Discussions about the revolutions in the Arab region will be held and the night of 9 September will be dedicated to Syria.

The festival has also chosen the image of Mohamed Bouazzizi, the Tunisian street vendor, who set himself on fire and sparked the revolution in Tunisia, to be the icon of the festival.

The Rotterdam Arab Film Festival is a cultural activity organised by Stichting Arab Film Festival in cooperation with several Dutch and Arab organisations. The objective of the festival is to support Arab cinema and Arab filmmakers, to promote better understanding among the Arab and European people, and to be a means for developing the artistic film industry.

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