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ASWAT: Short Films By & About Women
various - various - 103 mins

Filmfest DC+ and the Arabian Sights Film Festival are pleased to present a special program of shorts by women directors and focusing on Arab women’s issues: Listen by Rungano Nyoni and Hamy Ramezan, The Wedding Singer's Daughter by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Salam by Claire Fowler, ... more

Sunday, October 28
2:00 PM
FREE
Sunday, October 28
2:00 PM

El Gusto
Safinez Bousbia - Algeria, France - 88 mins

It all started in a small mirror shop during director Safinez Bousbia's visit to Algiers in 2003 when she came across old photographs of a music class from the 1940s. Her curiosity inspired her to learn more, and she set out to track down the classmates, Muslim and Jewish, between the ages of 70 and 100 and residing in Algeria and abroad. ... more

Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM
FREE
Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM

Heaven Without People
Lucien Bourjeily - Lebanon - 91 mins

Lebanese director and Fulbright grant recipient Lucien Bourjeily takes us on a journey of family secrets and the rift they can cause with this award-winning film. Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone together for Easter lunch for the first time in years. The festive meal survives tensions bubbling ... more

Friday, October 26
6:00 PM
$14.00   
Friday, October 26
6:00 PM
Saturday, October 27
8:30 PM
$14.00   
Saturday, October 27
8:30 PM

CLOSING NIGHT - followed by a party
Induced Labor
Khaled Diab - Egypt - 90 mins

Many go to great lengths to obtain an American visa. Some enter lotteries, others get married, but in this bold and entertaining satire, an Egyptian couple expecting twins come up with what they believe to be the perfect plan: hijack the US embassy in Cairo to give birth on US territory, granting their children American citizenship in ... more

Sunday, October 28
7:00 PM
$20.00   
Sunday, October 28
7:00 PM

Lola Pater
Nadir Moknèche - France - 95 mins

In this tenderhearted dramedy of a very unconventional family reunion, Zino (Tewfik Jallab) leaves Paris and embarks on a search for his missing father, Farid, after the unexpected death of his mother. Unbeknownst to Zino, Farid transitioned into Lola (Fanny Ardant) 25 years ago, which not surprisingly complicates his search. After learning ... more

Saturday, October 20
8:15 PM
$14.00   
Saturday, October 20
8:15 PM
Sunday, October 21
7:00 PM
$14.00   
Sunday, October 21
7:00 PM

The Man Who Stole Banksy
Marco Proserpio - Italy - 91 mins

In 2007, world-renowned street artist Banksy traveled to Palestine and painted a number of politically charged works on walls and buildings. One specific piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey's ID created substantial controversy. Some viewed it as a nuisance; others hailed the work as high art; and still more saw a business ... more

Sunday, October 21
5:00 PM
$14.00   
Sunday, October 21
5:00 PM
Saturday, October 27
4:00 PM
$14.00   
Saturday, October 27
4:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT - followed by a party
On Borrowed Time
Yasir Al Yasiri - United Arab Emirates - 93 mins

Even with Dubai's towering Burj Khalifa dominating the skyline outside their windows, life in a retirement home isn't very exciting for the "Four Musketeers": ex-soldier Fares, upbeat astrologer Hasan, retired pharmacist Abdullah, and wheelchair-bound Hamad. This quartet of variously afflicted grumpy old men spend their days grumbling ... more

Thursday, October 18
7:00 PM
$20.00   
Thursday, October 18
7:00 PM

Orchestra Class
Rachid Hami - France - 102 mins

The compelling power of music and artistic expression reverberates through the heart of this lovable tale of triumph against the odds. Directed by Algerian auteur Rachid Hami, Orchestra Class tells the story of a distinguished but disillusioned violinist Simon (Kad Merad) who ekes out a living teaching a rowdy orchestra class ... more

Friday, October 19
8:30 PM
$14.00   
Friday, October 19
8:30 PM
Friday, October 26
8:30 PM
$14.00   
Friday, October 26
8:30 PM

Sofia
Meryem Benm'Barek - France, Qatar - 80 mins

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Sofia is the feature debut from Morocco-born, Belgium-educated Meryem Benm'Barek. A pregnant 20-year-old single Moroccan girl faces the tough local laws on sex outside of marriage when she suddenly gives birth. The young ... more

Friday, October 19
6:30 PM
$14.00   
Friday, October 19
6:30 PM
Saturday, October 20
6:30 PM
$14.00   
Saturday, October 20
6:30 PM

Volubilis
Faouzi Bensaïdi - Morocco, France, Qatar - 106 mins

Volubilis is a tale of love as a couple's bond is put to the test. In the Moroccan city of Meknes, recently married Abdelkader, a security guard in a shopping center, and Malika, a housekeeper, struggle to make ends meet. They dream of moving in together and starting a life of their own, but one day at work, Abdelkader experiences ... more

Saturday, October 20
4:15 PM
$14.00   
Saturday, October 20
4:15 PM
Sunday, October 21
2:45 PM
$14.00   
Sunday, October 21
2:45 PM

Wajd: Songs of Separation
Amar Chebib - Canada - 89 mins

In 2010, Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib headed to Syria, just months before chaos broke out, to film a short documentary about traditional Sufi music. Five years later, the friends he encountered on his trip are dispersed around Europe, and have become refugees like so many others who were forced to flee Aleppo. Wajd: Songs ... more

Saturday, October 27
6:00 PM
$14.00   
Saturday, October 27
6:00 PM
Sunday, October 28
4:30 PM
$14.00   
Sunday, October 28
4:30 PM