"AFAC Film Week is a touring film screening event held in various Arab cities that aims to develop a regional appetite for independent cinema, and provide audiences with access to little-seen contemporary Arab films. Its first edition was held in Beirut in 2014," initiative organisers reveal in their official press statement.
In its second edition, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) will bring celebrated works by Arab filmmakers from seven Arab countries to Cairo.
The week-long programme, which will run between 15 and 22 April at Zawya cinema, is loaded with films hailing from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
According to the organisers, "The films vary in style and genre, but all address the urgent, current realities facing Arab societies."
Most of the screenings will be followed by a Q&A with film directors and/or film producers.
The films to be screened will include The Valley by Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon) and The Sea is Behind by Hicham Lasri (Morocco), both feature narrative films screened at the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) this year.
Short films will include: And on a Different Note by Mohammad Shawky Hassan (Egypt), a film that premiered at the 2015 Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section and won the Best Short Film Award at the Dubai International Film Festival. Other short film entries will include And Romeo Married Juliette by Hinde Boujemaa (Tunisia), Free Range by Bassem Breish (Lebanon), and Morning Fears, Night Chants by Salma Aldairy and Roula Ladqani (Syria).
The documentary movies selection will tackle a variety of socially and politically charged topics with films such as Return to Homs by Talal Derky, Silvered Water by Osama Mohammed, and The Council by Yahya Al-Abdallah, among others.
The screenings in Cairo will be followed by showings in Minya and Tanta. The event will be bolstered by two panel discussions with filmmakers under the titles “Documentary Films for Social Justice” and “Distribution of Arab Films within the Arab Region: Classical and Alternative Initiatives.”
Established in 2007 as an independent initiative, AFAC aims at promoting and supporting Arab creators practicing in many disciplines. AFAC offers funds to individuals and organisations in the fields of cinema, the performing arts, literature, music and the visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation across the Arab world and globally. It also organises symposiums and meeting giving a platform to Arab artists to share their works and opinions in a dynamic dialogue.
AFAC Film Week's complete programme will be announced shortly.
Ahram Online is an official media partner of AFAC Film Week in Cairo.