Film Festival | Middle East Film Festival 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 6:30pm - Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:30pm

Penn Cinema & Media Studies, Jewish Studies, Middle East Center and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations are pleased to present the 2019 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.
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Monday 25 March @ 6:30pm | Iran | Presenter, Mahyar Entezari


3 Faces
Jafar Panahi, 2018, 1h 40min, Persian, Azerbaijani w/ English subtitles

Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory.

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Tuesday 26 March @ 6:30pm | Turkey | Presenter, Feride Hatiboglu


The Wild Pear Tree
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2018, 3h 8min, Turkish w/ English subtitles
An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into gambling.
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Wednesday 27 March @ 6:30pm | Israel | Presenter, Nili Gold


A Tramway in Jerusalem
Amos Gitai, 2018, 1h 34min, Hebrew, Arabic, French, Italian, Yiddish, German w/ English subtitles
On a tramway that connects several of Jerusalem's neighborhoods from East to West, a mosaic of people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds are brought together.

Check here for Director Amos Gitai at Penn on Monday 1 April @ 5pm.

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Thursday 28 March @ 6:30pm | Palestine | Presenter, Ibrahim Miari


The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
Muayad Alayan, 2018, 2h 7min, Arabic, Hebrew, English w/ English subtitles
The affaire of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Friday 29 March @ 6:30pm in 200 College Hall | Yemen | Director Amr Gamal and Producer Mohsen Alkhalifi in person!


10 Days Before the Wedding
Amr Gamal, 2018, 2h, Arabic w/ English subtitles

A number of obstacles stands in the way of a young couple as only 10 days are left for their wedding, each obstacle is in one way or another caused by the aftermath of the 2015 war in Yemen.

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