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Forever Arab? at the Edinburgh Festival 2017

Edinburgh Festivals 2017

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Shubbak is delighted to be partnering on two events at the Edinburgh Festivals this August. Forever Arab? explores the reception of Arab theatre makers, and Reflections on Syria presents Syrian short films.

Tramontane, Vatche Boulghourjian, Film Preview

Tramontane

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Things begin to unravel unexpectedly when young blind musician Rabih applies for a passport to go on tour with his choir – doubt is cast on whether his documents are real, setting into motion a quest for his true identity. As past and present collide for Rabih, Boulghourjian subtly reflects…
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Obscure, Soudade Kaadan

Obscure

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6-year-old Ahmad doesn’t want to remember that he is Syrian. He recently lost his older brother to the war in Syria, and now lives with his family in a Lebanese refugee camp. Traumatised, overwhelmed, disengaged, he prefers to be silent. Kaadan’s patient observation accompanies Ahmad as he recovers a sense…
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Shorts from Syria

Shorts from Syria

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Leaving the metaphorical language of their predecessors behind, Syrian filmmakers in the 2000s began to push for direct language. Art historian and Syrian film specialist Charlotte Bank presents a series of short films that have pushed and tested the boundaries of what can be said in an authoritarian regime. Syrian…
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Bloody Beans, Narimane Mari

Bloody Beans

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Multi-award-winning Bloody Beans (Loubia Hamra) is Narimane Mari’s first feature length film.Radical and playful Bloody Beans follows a group of children ‘playing’ war by reenacting Algeria’s War of Independence. Reduced to a diet of ‘bloody beans’, they loot a French army base and abduct a soldier. With a poetic realism recalling…
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Off Frame (AKA Revolution Until Victory)

Off Frame

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Image construction and representation is at the heart of Yaqubi’s directorial debut, which reflects on the Palestinian people’s struggle to produce an image on their own terms in the 60s and 70s, with the establishment of the Palestine Film Unit as part of the PLO. Told through rarely seen footage…
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The Last of Us

The Last of Us

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Distinctive and bold, Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim tells the story of ‘N’, an anonymous sub-Saharan man on a journey to Europe. He crosses the desert in order to reach North Africa and be smuggled into Europe but after being a victim to a hold-up, he finds himself alone in…
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Submarine directed by Mounia Akl, part of Imagined Futures Shorts

Imagined Futures Shorts

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Shorts from the region’s most exciting new voices present a rich mix of sci-fi, animation and drama spliced with humour, charm and prescience. Mare Nostrum Directors Anas Khalaf, Rana Kazkaz Syria/France, 2016 (13 mins) Capturing the dilemmas lived by many on the Mediterranean shores, directors Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf…
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Iraq: War, Love, God & Madness

Iraq: War, Love, God & Madness

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In 2003, Baghdad-born Mohamed Al-Daradji returned home after a decade in exile to film Ahlaam the second feature shot in Iraq post-Saddam Hussein. This documentary follows the idealistic young director as he realises his dream in bizarre and turbulent circumstances. With its improvised form and unpredictable course the film reflects…
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Farouk, Besieged Like Me

Farouk, Besieged Like Me

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In this deeply personal documentary, veteran Syrian documentarian Hala Alabdalla invites us to dinner with writer and editor Farouk Mardam-Bey, for a thought-provoking reflection on Syria, culture and identity. Based in France for the last 50 years, Farouk Mardam Bey is a Syrian publisher who has dedicated his life to…
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A Homage to Michel Khleifi: Review of Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land

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“The holy sites here are this country’s identity but they are also its curse,” says playwright Yehoshua Sobol, “Religion does not adapt easily to the phenomenon of love… so it tries to get rid of it.” Sobol’s words here capture the essence of this documentary, directed by Michel Khleifi, which…
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An Interview with Masasit Mati of Top Goon

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Holding up a Mirror to the International Community In this interview with the Shubbak Blog, Masasit Mati talk about their new series Top Goon Reloaded: Intimate Diaries of Evil; how they are turning their satire on the international community; and the creative force that is holding strong in the Middle…
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A Collaborative Home Video for ‘Shahba’: An Interview with Hello Psychaleppo

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In this interview, Samer Saem Eldahr (aka Hello Psychaleppo) talks about his new video for Shubbak entitled Shahba; his upcoming album; and his hope that electronic music can bridge both a musical and non-musical divide between the Middle East and the West. Aimee Dawson: In the Middle East you often…
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