The 2014 Arab Film Festival

Mar 06, 2014
7:30 PM

Location: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

Tickets $10 ($8 Arab American Museum & Michigan Theater members). Advance tickets and more info available at
The Arab Film Festival is designed for fans of Arabic-language movies and adventurous art-film lovers seeking new perspectives. This year’s selections – representing the nations of Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Qatar – were all acclaimed on the international festival circuit but are unlikely to reach big-screen U.S. viewers. While most titles are in Arabic, all films include English subtitles, making them accessible to all.

After the opening night screenings at the Michigan Theater on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 PM, the Arab Film Festival will continue at the Arab American National Museum on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, March 8 at 4 PM and 7:30 PM.

The following two Arab Film Festival films will screen at the Michigan Theater on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 PM:

The Forgotten
Best Short Film, 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Director: Ehab Tarabieh. How does one defy the oppression of displacement, especially when it has been forgotten by the world at large, as has that of the people of the Golan Heights? The protagonist in this film seeks obscurity on his own terms by securing the services of a smuggler. Based on a true story.
2012; Syria, Qatar; 21 minutes. Arabic with subtitles.


When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak)
Director: Annemarie Jacir. In this coming-of-age story, 11-year-old Tarek – a Palestinian refugee to Jordan during the 1967 war – cannot fathom why he and his mother cannot go home to Palestine to reunite with his father. His frustration with living in a camp leads him to try to walk back to Palestine. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives. When I Saw You is the story of people affected by the times around them, in search of something more in their lives. A journey full of adventure, love, humor and the desire to be free, from the director of the critically acclaimed Salt of This Sea.

  • 2012; Palestine, Jordan, Greece, UAE; 93 min. English and Arabic with  subtitles.
  • Palestine’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film, 2013 Academy Awards
  • Audience Award, SIGNIS Award, 2013 Amiens Int’l Film Festival
  • NETPAC Award, 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
  • Special Award, 2012 Cairo International Film Festival
  • Official Selection, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

“When I Saw You is cinematic poetry. Beautiful, groundbreaking and deeply, deeply moving.”
-The Huffington Post

“One of the best works to come out of the current explosion in filmmaking in the Middle East!”

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