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Berlin's 4th Arab Film Festival to feature host of movies from region

German festival will introduce more than 40 feature films, shorts and documentaries, in addition to audio-visual art from across the Middle East from 4 to 11 November

Ahram Online, Tuesday 6 Nov 2012
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The fourth annual Arab Film Festival in Berlin, to be held in several locations in the German capital between 5 and 11 November, will introduce more than 40 feature films, short films and documentaries from all over the Arab region.

The festival's programme is divided into three parts, the first being the main programme. This section of the festival will showcase recent films from the Arab world, providing audiences with a glimpse into the complex socio-political issues affecting the Arab world today.

The Focus Programme of the festival will be more thematic, placing recent revolutionary events – and their protagonists – into a historical context, with films focussing largely on the ongoing 'Arab Spring.'

The opening film will be 'Fidai,' directed by Damien Ounouri, a joint 2012 production between Algeria, France, Qatar, Kuwait, China and Germany. The film is set to start at 8pm, local Berlin time, at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte.

This year's guest of honour at ALFILM will be Farida Benlyazid, a Moroccan director to whom the Retrospective Programme of this year's festival will be dedicated.

A special highlight this year will be the festival's Experimental Programme: a compilation of experimental video-art films by young filmmakers from Arab countries. These will be screened in the B/B Multiples Gallery on Tuesday at 8pm.

Among the Egyptian films selected for screening are Yousry Nassrallah's Cannes Film selection, 'After the Battle,' Karim El-Shennawy's documentary film 'Salafi,' Nameer Abdelmaseeh's 'The Virgin, the Copts and Me,' late director Youssef Chahine's 'The Return of the Prodigal Son,' Ahmed Abdelaziz's '41 Days' and Sherif El-Bendary's documentary film 'On the Way Downtown.'

Programme:

Monday, 5 November

- 'Fidai' (Documentary; Algeria, France, Kuwait, Qatar, China Germany) 8pm in Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30

Tuesday, 6 November

- 'After the Battle' (Feature film; Egypt) 8pm in the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'The Sky Over Here' (Documentary; Germany) 7pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- Experimental films at 8pm in B/B Multiples Brunnenstr
- 'Andalousie, Mon Amour' (Feature film; Morocco) 9pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- Short films at 10 pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30

Wednesday, 7 November

- 'Return of the Prodigal Son' (Feature film; Egypt) 7pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Free Men' (Feature film; Morocco) 8pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'A Door to the Sky' (Feature film; Morocco) 9pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'How Big is Your Love' (Feature film; Morroco) 10pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30

Thursday, 8 November

- 'Casablanca' (Feature film; Morroco) 7pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Salafi' (Documentary film; Egypt) 8pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'It's all in Lebanon, Pop and Propaganda' (Documentary film; Lebanon) 8pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'Keid Enesa' (Feature film; Morocco) 9pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Leaving Baghdad' (Feature film; UK, Iran, UAE) 10pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30

Friday, 9 November

- 'The Virgin, the Copts and Me' (Documentary film; Egypt) 6pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- '41 Days' (Feature film; Egypt) 7pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'On the Road to Downtown' (Documentary film; Egypt) 7pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'La Vida Pera de Juanita' (Feature film; Morocco) 8pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'Uncle Nashaat' (Documentary film; Jordan/Palestine) 9pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Andalousie, Mon Amour' (Feature film; Morocco) 10pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30

Saturday, 10 November

- 'Salafi' (Documentary film; Egypt) 1pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'A Door to the Sky' (Feature film; Morocco) 2pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- '41 Days' (Feature film; Egypt) 3pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'On the Road to Downtown' (Documentary film; Egypt) 3pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Yamo' (Documentary film; Lebanon) 4pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- Short films at 5pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'West Beirut' (Feature film; Lebanon) 6pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'Fidai' (Documentary film; Algeria, France, Kuwait, Qatar, China Germany) 7pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Uncle Nashaat' (Documentary film; Jordan/Palestine) 8pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'After the Battle' (Feature film; Egypt) 9pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'The Sky Over Here' (Documentary film; Germany) 10pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30

Sunday, 11 November

- Short Films at 1pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Yamo' (Documentary film; Lebanon) 3pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'Leaving Baghdad' (Feature film; Iran, UK, UAE) 5pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- 'How Big is Your Love' (Feature film; Morocco, Algeria) 6pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'Freemen' (Feature film; Morocco) 7pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20
- Short Films at 8pm at the Babylon Cinema in Mitte, Rosa-Luxembourg, Str. 30
- 'The Virgin, the Copts and Me' (Documentary film; Egypt) 9pm in Eiszeit Zeughofstr 20

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