Film Festival | Middle East Film Festival 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm - Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:30pm

The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Cinema & Media Studies Program, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Jewish Studies Program, is pleased to present the 2018 edition of NEW MIDDLE EAST CINEMA. Recently released feature films from Middle Eastern societies and cultures will be introduced by a presenter with special knowledge of the country, culture, and issues addressed in the film.

The festival is free-admission and open to all!

Tuesday 20 March @ 6pm | Lebanon

The Insult | Ziad Doueiri, 2017

In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court.

Wednesday 21 March @ 6pm | Egypt

Clash | Mohamed Diab, 2016

Set entirely in a police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.

Thursday 22 March @ 6pm | Iran

The Salesman | Asghar Farhadi, 2016

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.


Friday 23 March @ 6pm | Palestine

Personal Affairs | Maha Haj, 2016

In Nazareth, an old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor.


Saturday 24 March @ 8:45pm | Israel | Lightbox Film Center @ I-House Philadelphia

Longing | Savi Gabizon, 2016

A middle-aged bachelor discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before.

MEFF 2018 is pleased to have the screening of Longing co-sponsored by the Israeli Film Festival 2018. The screening of Longing at IFF 2018 is free for all with Penn ID. We invite all to attend the IFF festival, which program is available here




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