Day 6 | September 21st

On the program for day 6 of Ayam VI: one film the Arab Cinema Heritage / Yasmine Khlat Retrospective: Aziza by Abdellatif Ben Ammar, the first session of the Lebanese-Danish Exchange program films and an ARTE Evening, where The Hunter by Rafi Pitts and Fix Me by Raed Andoni will be screened.

  • Aziza  Old artisan Béchir moves with his son Ali and his orphan niece Aziza from an old Arab quarter in Tunis to a new housing development on the outskirts of the city. For him, the new area perturbs his routine and he finds himself unable to manage. Thus, Aziza must accompany him to ride into the city on a bus to do his errands alone. But the impact on Aziza is more positive as she copes with the new space to acquire gradually her independence.
    screening at 5:45PM (part of Arab Cinema Heritage, part of Yasmine Khlat Retrospective)

 

  •  The Lebanese-Danish Exchange – Session 1
    Notes on Love in Copenhagen (by Rania Rafei – 30’)
    Trip to the Barbershop (by Selim Mourad – 22’)
    Little Stones (by Tamara Stepanyan – 27’)
    screening at 6pm

 

ARTE Evening

  • The Hunter Ali has recently been released from prison and is now working as a night watchman in Tehran. This factory job means that he is now able to support his wife Sara and their daughter, Saba. One day, Ali returns home only to discover that Sara and Saba have disappeared. After long hours of waiting at the police station, he is informed that his wife was caught up in a shoot-out with demonstrators and was killed…
    screening at 7.30PM

 

  • Fix Me Raed Andoni has a tension headache—one that has lasted generations and isn’t going to end soon. That’s because Andoni is a Palestinian living in Ramallah, where the prospects for a stress-free life are elusive. Andoni tries to cure himself through therapy sessions, revealing internal terrains of displacement and alienation to his therapist while his daily encounters with friends and relatives impersonate the reality of thousands of Palestinians, displaced from their history and homeland.
    screening at 10PM, in the presence of the director Raed Andoni

 

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Day 5 | September 20th

Day 5 of Ayam VI will witness the screening of two documentaries: Once Upon our Time by Hichem Ben Ammar and How Bitter My Sweet by Mohamed Soueid, and one feature film from the Arab Cinema Heritage / Yasmine Khlat Retrospective: Dreams of the City by Mohammad Malas.

  • Once Upon our Time  Once upon a time… This story unfolds like a tale from the Tunisian nights. Gifted violinist Annas is just 11 years old when he wins a place at the elite Yehudi Menuhin Music School in London. The film follows him over the course of two years: from his discovery through his education with acclaimed worldwide violin teachers to his international appearances. His rise to fame will end up affecting his relationship with his family back in Tunisia.
    screening at 6PM

 

  • How Bitter My Sweet is a tale centered around six characters, four men and two women, from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Sudan living between Beirut and Sidon where they express their joys and sorrows as reflected in a shattered yet lyrical reality. screening at 8PM, in the presence of the director and crew

 

  • Dreams of the City Damascus, the fifties. A child observes the transformations that shake both Damascus on a political level and his family that has moved from Quneitra to the house of his tough grandfather. The child would have to face several obstacles: from entering school, to fighting with his grandfather, his mother’s failed marriage, and the echoes of the boiling political movements in the entire country.
    screening at 10PM

 

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Day 4 | September 19th

Day 4 of Ayam VI starts with the “Pitching” session, the last phase of the documentary workshop “Pile et Face | Two Sides of the Coin“. The pitching session is taking place at IESAV-USJ, Damascus Road, Assembly Room 217, 2nd floor (between 10 am and 4pm).

Today marks the screening of two films from the Arab Cinema heritage: Fertile Memory by Michel Khleifi and Nahla by Farouk Beloufa.

  • Fertile Memory recounts the lives of two different Palestinian women: Farah Hatoum, a widow living with her children and grandchildren, and Sahar Khalifeh, a West Bank novelist. Their differing opinions and differing lives underline their shared status as Palestinians under Israeli rule, and as women in a male-dominated society. Yet despite these contrasts, both of them share the same struggle for freedom and dignity.
    screening at 5PM, in the presence of director Michel Khleifi

 

  • Nahla: After the January 1975 battle of Kfarchouba in Lebanon, young Algerian reporter Larbi Nasri is swept into a whirlwind of events that would shape the upcoming civil war. He is linked to singer Nahla, around whom revolve a series of enigmatic characters whose bonds are embittered by frustrations and disillusionments.
    screening at 7.30PM, in the presence of the director and film crew (the director and the cast will reunite after 30 years!)
    [in partnership with Aflam]

 

Last screening for this day will be the documentary Neighbors by Tahani Rached.

  • Neighbors: Garden City, a small but pivotal neighborhood. Since the turn of the 19th century, it has been the seat of the world’s political powers in the Egyptian capital. The film takes us on a journey through abandoned villas, opulent salons, foreign embassies, threatened businesses and rooftop living rooms. Houses turn into witnesses as they make flesh of history’s turmoil. Residents and dwellings become a voice telling a story of hope, rupture and endurance.
    screening at 10 PM

 

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