Cinéma Arabe Film FestivalFestivals / Other
May 06-11 2014, Various times
About Cinéma Arabe
An initiative of Sphinx Art Productions Foundation, the idea behind Cinéma Arabe was to encourage a cultural dialogue between the Dutch and Arab worlds. Since 2004, the Cinéma Arabe Festival has been a part of this mission featuring the best in modern cinema from places such as Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon.
The festival looks to shed light on issues in the Arab world and deconstruct stereotypes and taboos. Recurring issues include the Arab Spring, political unrest, the position of women in society and the lived experiences of individuals that provide counter narratives and discourses to popular media portrayals.
Increasingly popular in recent years, the festival has been spread across two cities (Amsterdam and Rotterdam) with supplementary programmes taking place throughout the country after the official festival has ended, including locations in The Hague, Den Bosch, Maastricht and Leeuwarden.
Cinéma Arabe 2014
The 2014 edition of Cinéma Arabe will feature screenings and presentations of more 30 feature films, documentaries and shorts.
This year's filmmakers come from diverse regions including Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine and reflect the perplexity found within the concept of the "Arab world."
Themes of this year's programme will include reflections on the Arab Spring, the complexity of migration and the role of cultural identities.
Featured films this year include Bastardo (2013), a Tunisian tale about an outcast who subsequently rises to leadership via telecommunication entrepreneurship; Fouad (2013), a film about migration by boat from Morocco; and Infiltrators (2013), a Palestinian production about the idea of life being better "over the wall."
The various screenings will be accompanied by a side programme of lectures, debates and Q&As with directors.