Film Festival | Middle East Film Festival 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 6:30pm - Friday, March 20, 2020 - 6:30pm

Penn Middle East Center, in collaboration with Cinema & Media Studies, Jewish Studies, and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, is pleased to present the 2020 edition of New Middle East Cinema.

The festival is free-admission and open to all.
All movies with English subtitles.


Monday 16 March @ 6:30pm | Syria | Presenter, Huda J. Fakhreddine

For Sama

Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 2019, 1h 40min
For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Tuesday 17 March @ 6:30pm | Israel, Presenter, Nili Gold

The Other Story
(Director Avi Nesher in person!)
Avi Nesher, 2019, 1h 52min
Two rebellious young women cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences.
Avi Nesher will hold a Master Class @ 5-6:30pm in 401 Fisher-Bennet Hall, same location of the screening.


Wednesday 18 March @ 6:30pm | Iran | Presenter, Mahyar Entezari


Thursday 19 March @ 6:30pm | Turkey | Presenter, Feride Hatiboglu


Friday 20 March @ 6:30pm | Palestine | Presenter, Ibrahim Miari

Tel Aviv on Fire
(Director Sameh Zoabi in person!)
Sameh Zoabi, 2018, 1h 40min
Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier.

Cinema Studies Program
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