As I Open My Eyes depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid’s musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring. In partnership with Venice Days. | Read More
When 18-year-old Amal becomes pregnant, she struggles with the choice between absconding to Greece with her beloved Muslim boyfriend and staying in Cairo with her Coptic Orthodox Christian family. But when her motorbike gets stolen and she's fired from her job, Amal must reevaluate her future options as an unmarried young mother in Egypt. | Read More
A rhythmic cocktail of European and Arabic traditions, chaabi music was the heart and soul of cosmopolitan Algiers in the 1940s, but the war of independence with France tore apart the peaceful Muslim and Jewish communities that came together to play this unique music. A group of over-the-hill but still fiery musicians reunites after five decades apart in this spirited, gorgeously shot documentary about music's power to transcend cultural boundaries. | Read More
Teta Fatima is the 83-year-old matriarch of the Kaabour family and the sharp-witted queen bee of an old Beiruti quarter. This playful magical-realist documentary looks at Fatima's larger-than-life character as she struggles to cope with the silence of her once-buzzing house and imagines what awaits her beyond death.
After the Movie: The Doha Film Institute is pleased to invite New York audiences to celebrate Arab cinema with a special screening of the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner for Best Documentary, followed by a discussion on how the current uprisings in the Middle East region will affect the storytelling, production, and distribution of Arab films in North America and around the world. Panelists include director Mahmoud Kaabour and others. Moderated by international film consultant (France-Canada) Hayet Benkara. | Read More
Step onto the battlements of Elsinore Castle and be with Hamlet as he is confronted by the ghost of his murdered father and learns the depths of his uncle's deceit. Join your fellow audience members to explore together the world of Shakespeare's play, in this first-ever theatrical performance in virtual reality. | Read More