ALFILM to present Arabic films in Berlin

Ahram Online, Tuesday 5 Jul 2011

ALFILM festival, to be held in Berlin in November, aims to encourage young Arab filmmakers

The third Arabic film festival in Berlin titled ALFILM will close the door to submissions on 15 July.

The festival, organised by “Cinemaiat – Friends of the Arab Cinematheque”, will be held from 2 till 11 November and its theme this year is humour.

Films should be directed and or produced by an Arab filmmaker or should present an issue that relates to the Arab world.

The festival will hold a retrospective this year dedicated to Borhane Alaouié and Maroun Bagdadi and will present Lebanese cinema in relation to the civil war.

ALFILM aims to break down stereotypes and encourage emerging artists.

“As narratives are bracing new creativity levels, more and more filmmakers expose social and political changes, and explore inner worlds and taboos,” says their official website.

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