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.

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.


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An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into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.

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.


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.


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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