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Dublin Arabic Film Festival

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Curated by Jim Sheridan

13-15 November


Dublin Arabic Film Festival in collaboration with Irish Film Institute IFI

A celebration of Arabic Film taking place over 3 days in the Irish Film Institute IFI, Dublin
with pre-festival screenings in The Chester Beatty Library
15November
15November

The Idol

Irish Film Institute
14November

Dolphins

Irish Film Institute
14November

Cairo Time

Irish Film Institute
13November

The Prophet

Irish Film Institute
25October

The Nightingale’s Prayer

The Chester Beatty Library
24October

The Night of Counting the Years

The Chester Beatty Library

The Night of Counting the Years

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24 October

The year is 1881 and members of an Upper-Egyptian clan rob the site of a legendary cache of mummies to sell on the black market. Conflict within the clan results in one of its members aiding the Egyptian government’s Antiquities Service to find the hoard. Screened in association with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2015, with thanks to Fondazione Cineteca di Balogna.

The Nightingale's Prayer

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25 October

A captivating Egyptian classic following the story of Amna (Faten Hamama) as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family’s honour. Screened in association with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2015, with thanks to Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna.

The Prophet

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13 November

On the fictional island of Orphalese, a mischievous eightyear- old girl, Almitra, meets Mustafa, a political prisoner being escorted to his home country. Along the way, he shares his wisdom and poems, while Almitra secretly follows him. At each stop, she imagines breathtaking visual sequences that accompany his words. When Almitra realises, however, what the authorities have in store for Mustafa, she must do everything possible to help him escape. Director Roger Allers (Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin) brings Kahlil Gibran’s classic tale vividly to life, aided by contribution from Ireland’s Tomm Moore (Song of The Sea) and voice work from such talents as Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Quvenzhané Wallis.
(notes by David O’Mahony)

Dolphins

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14 November

Based on a prize-winning script by author and poet Ahmed Salmeen, Waleed Al Shehhi’s debut feature follows three characters over the course of 24 hours. Saud (Ahmed Al Jarn), who is reminded of his ambulance driver father Fadel (Khalid Ameen) every time he hears a siren, is dismissed to wander aimlessly along nearby beaches with best friend Hilal (Ibrahim Al Mansoori) by his mother Kawthar (Reem Erhama) as she remains at home, distracted by preparations for her impending remarriage. Told in a measured and deliberate style, it’s a fascinating examination of femininity, masculinity and childhood in the UAE.
(notes by Kevin Coyne)

Cairo Time

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14 November

Taking place over a single day, Cairo Time is a multigenerational story of six interconnected characters, all at a critical juncture in their lives. Lila, a retired actress, is looking for Sameh, her last co-star. Salma, is dating Wael and is in Wael’s friend’s apartment, after their marriage breaks down. Hazem is a young drug dealer on the run from Alexandria to Cairo and picks up an old man with Alzheimer’s disease. Featuring a stellar cast, which brings together three Egyptian screen icons – Mervat Amin, Samir Sabri and Nour El-Sherif, the inimitable star of more than 100 movies – Cairo Time is an engaging and comedic look at the role fate has in our lives.
(notes by David O’Mahony)

I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

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15 November

A major prize-winner at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival, Khadija Al-Salami’s gritty film, a powerful reminder of the global struggle for women’s rights, is based on the memoirs of Nujood Ali, who brought international attention to Yemen’s widespread practice of child marriage when she sought a divorce on the grounds of abuse. Sold into marriage when her father falls into financial difficulty, Nojoom (Reham Mohammed, who gives a strong performance in a difficult role) essentially becomes slave to her new family. Forced by her mother-in-law to spend her days performing the numerous household duties and chores, nights see the child bride repeatedly raped by her husband, until she escapes and finds a judge sympathetic to her situation.
(notes by Kevin Coyne)

The Idol

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15 November

On the fictional island of Orphalese, a mischievous eightyear- old girl, Almitra, meets Mustafa, a political prisoner being escorted to his home country. Along the way, he shares his wisdom and poems, while Almitra secretly follows him. At each stop, she imagines breathtaking visual sequences that accompany his words. When Almitra realises, however, what the authorities have in store for Mustafa, she must do everything possible to help him escape. Director Roger Allers (Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin) brings Kahlil Gibran’s classic tale vividly to life, aided by contribution from Ireland’s Tomm Moore (Song of The Sea) and voice work from such talents as Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Quvenzhané Wallis.
(notes by David O’Mahony)

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THANKS TO Access Cinema Dublin, Niamh Nolan from Hell’s Kitchen, Gareth Hargadon (Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi), Silk Road Café at the Chester Beatty Library, Rodrigo Ternevoy, Paul G. Smyth, Pubfiction