EDITION 2013

Locandina Middle East Now 2013

 

Middle East Now – 2013
IV Edition 3-8 April 2013
FILM AND EVENTS PROGRAMME

MIDDLE EAST NOW is the Festival on contemporary cinema, art and culture from the Middle East.
44 titles in the program of which 14 short films and 36 Italian premieres.
A journey through Iran, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Afghanistan, Bahrein, Syria, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria.
Wednesday 3 April
Cinema ODEON piazza Strozzi 

H 21.00pm Middle East Now Opening
with the participation of Simo Lagnawi, Moroccan musician and artist performer


Kabul at Work by David Gill
(Afghanistan, UK, 2012, 5’) vo. dari, pashto, subtitles: italian, english
While Kabul is a city with huge problems, and security is certainly a major issue, there is another side of Kabul. Since 2001 it has gone from a devastated ruin, with 90% of its buildings damaged or destroyed, to a city reborn. It is now a vibrant and fascinating metropolis of nearly 4 million people. Kabul at Work gives voice to the people who keep this city humming along despite the war and mayhem. Whether rich, poor, famous, mundane, or simply eccentric, these characters give you an intimate peek into a Kabul you never knew existed.
Italian premiere, in presence of the director

Happy Birthday by Mohanad Hayal
(Iraq, Uk, The Netherlands, Hungary, 2013, 8’) vo. Arabic, subtitles: italian, english
A boy visits his father’s grave with his mother on his fifth birthday. The boy plays with his remote-controlled car, jumps over gravestones and gets lost in the rambling graveyard. He discovers the photo of a little girl on a grave. She could be about his age and he plays with her as though she is still alive: she also deserves a present!
Italian premiere

 

opening film to follow


Zaytoun
by Eran Riklis
(Israel, Uk, France, 2012, 107’) vo. arabic, hebrew, subtitles: italian, english
Zaytoun is the story of the unlikely alliance between a twelve-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut. The last film of the Israelian director Eran Riklis, that has as a protagonist the Hollywood star Stephen Dorff.
Italian premiere


Thursday 4 April

Cinema ODEON Piazza Strozzi

10.00 am TALK open to the public
Beyond the Conflict. Problems and best practices to shape the future of the Mediterranean
in cooperation with the table for the Mediterranean and Middle East Cooperation – Tuscany Region
_ presentation of Greenhouse, a groundbreaking development program for documentary filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa.
to follow
_ debate with the participation of the actors of the directors present at the festival, Alberto Tonini (University of Florence), and other experts in the area of the Mediterranean; moderates Vittorio Iervese (University of Modena)

H. 16.00pm

Green Pencil by Fayaz Bahram
(Iran, 2012, 3’) vo. no dialogues
A little girl sacrifices her beautiful green pencil to bring back the spring.
Italian premiere

to follow


Greenhouse Film | The Invisible Men
by Yariv Mozer
(Israel, Palestine, 2012, 80’) vo. arabic, hebrew, subtitles: italian, english
‘The Invisible Men’ tells the untold story of persecuted gay Palestinians who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Their only chance for survival is to seek asylum outside Israel and Palestine and leave their homelands forever behind.
In the presence of the director and of the Greenhouse mentors and producers


H. 17.45

Under the Colours by Esmail Monsef
(Iran, 2012, 20’) vo. persian, subtitles: italian, english
This soldiers’ tale begins when a female item appears in the barracks A red skirt becomes more than a simple piece of clothing in a tale that blends the insouciant with the profound.
Italian premiere

To follow


The Cutoff Man
by Idan Hubel
(Israel, 2012, 76’) vo. hebrew, subtitles: italian, english
Gabi cuts off the water supply to people who don’t pay their bills. There’s no choice, it’s either that or unemployment. The more he cuts off, the more money he makes. Like a thief he sneaks into back yards, where the water meters are and like an executor he roams the neighborhood streets. When people see him they curse and humiliate him. they blame him for their situation. Gabi keeps cutting off water, he has a family to support. How long will it be before he breaks?

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VILLA LA PIETRA Via Bolognese, 120
Event in collaboration with New York University La Pietra Dialogues

H. 18.00 Soldier on the Roof by Esther Hertog
(The Netherlands, 2012, 80’) vo. Hebrew, arabic, subtitles: italian, english
There’s a small Jewish enclave at the center of Hebron’s oldest neighborhood, where countless Israeli soldiers are posted on the rooftops to protect 800 settlers from their 120,000 Palestinian neighbors. The filmmaker regularly lived among the orthodox Jewish families for three years, and paints a picture of their daily lives that are marked by constant conflicts. These small local problems all boil down to one fundamental question: who has territorial rights to the area?
Italian premiere in the presence of the director
Introduce the film: Marcella Simoni, professor Cà Foscari Venice and former adjunct faculty, NYU Florence
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H. 19.45
Hummus Night – Tasting evening with “Hummus” a typical Middleastern dish made with cheakpeas
by the Restaurant La Valle Dei Cedri

H. 20.45
Kabul at Work by David Gill
(Afghanistan, 2012, 15’) vo. dari, pashto, subtitles: italian, english
Screening of four video portraits of Kabul at Work, a multimedia project with the aim to show the city of Kabul nowadays through men and women who contribute, through their work, to revive it.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director

to follow

Make Hummus Not War by Trevor Graham
(UK, USA, Israel, Palestine, Australia, 2012, 77’) vo. arabic, hebrew, subtitles: italian, english
Could a regional love of hummus be the recipe for peace in the Middle East? This was the question on director Trevor Graham’s mind when he set out to film Make Hummus Not War, a documentary about the Middle Eastern conflict you don’t see on the nightly news.
Italian premiere, skype conversation with director Trevor Graham

 

H. 22.30
Soldier on the Roof
by Esther Hertog
(The Netherlands, 2012, 80’) vo. Hebrew, arabic, subtitles: italian, english
There’s a small Jewish enclave at the center of Hebron’s oldest neighborhood, where countless Israeli soldiers are posted on the rooftops to protect 800 settlers from their 120,000 Palestinian neighbors. The filmmaker regularly lived among the orthodox Jewish families for three years, and paints a picture of their daily lives that are marked by constant conflicts. These small local problems all boil down to one fundamental question: who has territorial rights to the area?
Italian premiere in the presence of the director

 

Friday 5 April

Cinema ODEON Piazza Strozzi

H. 16.00
Keep Us, Keep Us by Ehsan Amani
(Iran, 2012, 21’) vo. persian, subtitles: italian, english
In cosmopolitan Tehran, people spend a lot of time in the car. In one shot, we follow the journey of a married couple and a good friend. The mood is spontaneous and humorous. After an inappropriate practical joke with a mobile phone, the inside of the car changes from a relaxed private space into a nerve-wracking cookie tin stuck in traffic.
Italian premiere

to follow

The Boxing Girls of Kabul di Ariel Nasr
(Canada, Afghanistan, 2012, 52’) vo. dari, pashto, subtitles: italian, english
A courageous group of young Afghan women risk persecution to become world-class boxers, training without even the most basic of facilities. Inspired by their coach who was once an Olympic contender, the girls dream about winning medals for their country and a shot at the 2012 Olympics. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, following three young contenders to their first competition. But when Afghan TV covers a medal won by one of the girls, and the news reports women being stoned in other parts of the country, their lives and their families are threatened.
Italian premiere

 

H. 17.20
Their Feast by Reem Morsi
(Egypt, Canada, UK, USA, 2012, 20’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
In the wake of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, a mother prepares a feast to celebrate the release of her eldest son from prison. The family’s youngest son goes on the hunt for the one ingredient they can’t afford, encountering his neighbours’ varying positions on the recent uprisings. With compassion and gripping realism, Reem Morsi gives voice to the emotional legacy of this historic event.
Italian premiere

to follow

Greenhouse Film | Duma by Abeer Zeibak Haddad
(Israel, 2012, 55’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
An inner perspective into the phenomena of sexual abuse in Palestinian society.
The creator of a puppet show, “Duma” (dolls in Arabic), which deals with sexual abuse in childhood, decides to document Arab women who dare to reveal the sexual abuse they endured in their close circle of family and friends.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director and of the Greenhouse mentors and producers

H.19.00


Kabul at Work by David Gill
(Afghanistan, UK, 2012, 5) vo. dari, pashto, subtitles: italian, english
Projection of a video-portraits of Kabul at Work, the multimedia project that shows the city of Kabul nowadays through men and women who contribute every day, through their work, to revive it.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director

to follow


Trues Stories of Love, Life, Death and sometimes Revolution by Nidal Hassan
(Siria, Danimarca, 2012, 65 ’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
It never occurred to Nidal and Lilibeth that the day of her arrival to Damascus-the sixteenth of March, would be the day preceding the announcement of the uprising in Syria. Moreover, it never crossed their minds that the film which speaks of the fates of Syrian women, who have declared rebellion and revolution for their freedom, would continue with other women who are now making their own revolution. Between Damascus and Copenhagen two filmmakers from two different cultures, try to tell real stories of love, life and death in the age of the revolution.
Italian premiere

 

Moroccan Night
from h.19.30
Aperitif with traditional Moroccan dishes at Odeon Bistro – Cinema Odeon

H. 21.00
Maqloubeh by Nicolas Damuni
(Palestine, 2012, 10’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
Five students sharing the same apartment in Ramallah, are stuck at home by curfew. To kill the time, they decide to start cooking the “maqloubeh”, the famous regional Palestinian dish. They don’t agree on the ingredients, and when they finally find a common recipe … an unexpected visitor. arrives
Italian premiere

to follow


Death for Sale by Faouzi Bensaidi
(Marocco, Belgio, Francia, Germania, UAE, 2011, 117’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
Three friends strive to preserve their loyalty to each other in spite of a corrupt society. These young men live in Tétouan, an impoverished Moroccan city. Soufiane, the youngest, spends his days pilfering. Allal, the oldest, is trying to gain a foothold as a drug dealer. Malik falls in love with Dounia who works as a prostitute in a night club. The three friends part to make their own way in life, but before long it looks as though their futures will founder in a maelstrom of violence, greed, jealousy and betrayal.
In the presence of the director and of the Ambassador of Morocco in Italy H.E. Mr. Hassan Abouyoub

CINEMA STENSEN, viale Don Minzoni 25C

H. 18.00

Behind Me Olive Trees by Pascale Abou Jamra
(Lebanon, 2012, 20′) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
After living in Israel for 10 years, Mariam and her brother return to their native village in southern Lebanon. Their homecoming is treated with suspicion and hostility as they are the children of an agent of the ‘Lahd army’, who was cooperating with the Israeli forces, before southern Lebanon was freed in 2000.
Italian premiere

to follow

The Last Step by Ali Mosaffa
(Iran, 2012, 88′) vo. persiano, subtitles: italian, english
This ironic tale is narrated from beyond the grave by Khosro (Ali Mosaffa), who dies in a ridiculous accident, but lingers round his film star wife, Leila (Leila Hatami), reviewing their complicated but loving marriage. He hangs round the set where she is trying to finish shooting the film begun before he died. Previously unexplained truths dawn on him but Leila, who manages to insert her perspective into the story, still has some secrets.
introduce the film Bianca Maria Filippini, expert of iranian cinema

H. 21.00

74 – La reconstitution d’une lutte by Raed and Rania Rafei
(Lebanon, 2012, 95’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
1974. Lebanon is in intellectual, cultural and political ferment. Between March and April, for 37 days, a few students from the American University of Beirut occupy the university’s premises to protest against rising tuition fees. 2011 Rania and Raed Rafei decide to step back and reconsider today’s situation in the light of that period which was pregnant with hope, but also a prelude to civil war.
ItaIian premiere, presents the film Sandro Cappelli

to follow


The Island – Al Djazira by Amin Sidi-Boumédine
(Algeria, 2012, 35’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
A man wearing a strange suit, a kind of an “alien” suit, wakes up at dawn in a port. He walks and reache a deserted Algiers, to conquer the few feet separating him from freedom.
Italian premiere

 

Saturday 6 April

Cinema ODEON Piazza Strozzi

H. 10.00 Greenhouse Documentary Workshop
Workshop dedicated to documentary film in cooperation with Greenhouse Film Centre, Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Festival dei Popoli and Associazione Documentaristi Anonimi – entry restrcted to registered members


H. 14.30
Presentation of the book by Lapo Pistelli
The New Arab Dream. After the Revolutions (Feltrinelli Editore)
Conversation with the writer and Professor Alberto Tonini (University of Florence) – in Italian only

H. 15.00
Behind Me Olive Trees di Pascale Abou Jamra
(Lebanon, 2012, 20′) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
After living in Israel for 10 years, Mariam and her brother return to their native village in southern Lebanon. Their homecoming is treated with suspicion and hostility as they are the children of an agent of the ‘Lahd army’, who was cooperating with the Israeli forces, before southern Lebanon was freed in 2000.
Italian premiere

to follow


Tale of Two Syria by Yasmin Fedda
(Syria, Uk, 2012, 64’) vo. arabic, english, subtitles: italian, english
A Tale Of Two Syrias is a snapshot of life before Syria’s uprising began, seen through the eyes of two people; Salem, an Iraqi refugee and fashion designer in Damascus and Botrus, a monk in the remote hillside monastery of Mar Musa. This film is about their dreams, discussions, and questions around freedom and choice in the year before Syria descended into serious conflict.
Italian premiere

H. 16.30

Presentation of Greenhouse Film Center
Greenhouse is a groundbreaking development program for documentary filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa. With Sigal Yehuda (director of Greenhouse), Bruni Burres (producer, Sundance Documentary Programme), John Appel (director and producer), Robert Hans Eisenhauer (producer ZDF/ARTE) and the directors Abeer Haddad (Duma), Yariv Mozer (The Invisible Men), Youssef Ait Mansour (In The Name of the Brother), moderator Vittorio Iervese (Universita’ of Modena)

to follow the world premiere of

Greenhouse Film| In The Name of the Brother by Youssuf Ait Mansour
(Morocco, 2013, 52’) vo. arabic, english, subtitles: italian, english
The director’s brother had disappeared for a year, cutting all ties with his family, leaving them in fear and despair. Until a phone call to his mother suddenly announces that he is alive: Moustapha was in the madrasa Nahila, the Koranic school in the small village of Sebt Mazouda, 90 kilometers from Marrakesh. From a letter to Moustapha, which recalls his absence but also their childhood memories, the director’s brother tell of his current life marked by simplicity, austerity and serenity in the place in which he has chosen to live.
In the presence of the director and of the mentors and producers

H. 18.00

Kaloo School by Sahra Mosawi
(Afghanistan, UK, 2012, 10′) vo. dari, subtitles: italian, english
School has never been something to be taken for granted in Afghanistan, especially for girls. The result is that more than two-thirds of the Afghan population is illiterate, and the percentage is even higher among women. Fortunately, 9-year-old Fakhere does go to school, albeit after tending the sheep.
Italian premiere, in the presence of the director

to follow


Casablanca Mon Amour
by John Slattery
(USA, Marocco, 2012, 78’) vo. arabic, english, subtitles: italian, english
Casablanca Mon Amour is a modern road movie that encapsulates the more complex and fractured nature of living in a world where TV and wars compete for headlines and occupy imaginations. Using movies as a road map between yesterdayʼs Hollywood and todayʼs Morocco, Casablanca Mon Amour offers a Moroccan perspective on the long and entwined relationship between Hollywood and The Arab/Muslim World.
Italian premiere, In the presence of the director and of the producer

H. 20.30
Good Childhood Days by Aliyar Rasti
(Iran, 2013, 3′) vo. persian, subtitles: italian, english
Through a nostalgic journey, the viewer is transported to the childhood of Aliyar Rasti and Siavash Naghshbandi in the 1980s. The music was composed by Iranian rock band Bomrani and is based on a famous Iranian kindergarten song from that period.
Italian premiere

to follow

A World Not Ours di Mahdi Fleifel
(Libano, UK, UAE, 2012, 93’) vo. vo. arabic, english, subtitles: italian, english
The film tells the story of Mahdi Fleifel’s long-time friend Abu Eyad. The two men share a passion for Palestinian politics, melancholic music and football. During the football world cup, the Palestinians watch the matches on a TV in a sports shop. For a few weeks, they become Brazilians, Germans or Italians. But whereas Fleifel may enter and leave the camp as he pleases, Abu Eyad is left only with his decision to escape. Danish director Mahdi Fleifel presents the life of three generations in Ain al-Hilweh, the Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon where he grew up.
Italian premiere, in the presence of the producer, introduce the film the journalist Raffaele Palumbo

H. 22.30
Red Thing by Ramin Rahimi
(Iran, 2012, 1′) no dialogues
A giant red thing invades the city and desperately tries anything it can to get people’s attention.
Italian premiere

to follow

Facing Mirrors by Negar Azarbayjani
(Iran, Germania, 2012, 102′)
Rana, a conservative young mother, has been secretly driving a cab to support her family since her husband went to jail. When she picks up Adineh, a young woman from a wealthy family who is fleeing an arranged marriage and the country for a transgender operation, it’s a clash of class and belief systems. But soon enough, an unlikely alliance forms.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director, the actresses and the producer
introduce the film Farian Sabahi, journalist and Iranian historian


CINEMA STENSEN, viale Don Minzoni 25C

H 16.00
Iranian Shorts (Tot. 77’)
Introduce the session, Bianca Maria Filippini expert of Iranian cinema

      
A Few Kilometers Away
by Ebrahim Irajzad
(Iran, 2013, 17′)
A 40-year-old woman reaches a shocking conclusion after her conversation with the young pregnant woman she offers a lift to. The car, a small private world in itself, is regularly used in Iranian cinema as a primary location. Cleverly constructed confrontation.

Red Thing by Ramin Rahimi
(Iran, 2013, 1′)
A giant red thing invades the city and desperately tries anything it can to get people’s attention.

Keep Us; Keep Us by Ehsan Amani
(Iran, 2013, 21′)
In cosmopolitan Tehran, people spend a lot of time in the car. In one shot, we follow the journey of a married couple and a good friend. The mood is spontaneous and humorous. After an inappropriate practical joke with a mobile phone, the inside of the car changes from a relaxed private space into a nerve-wracking cookie tin stuck in traffic.

Good Childhood Days by Alyar Rasti e Siavash Naghshbandi
(Iran, 2013, 5′)
Back to the 1980s, when both directors grew up, while we hear a contemporary Iranian rock version of a children’s song from that decade. Through a nostalgic journey, the viewer is transported to the childhood of Aliyar Rasti and Siavash Naghshbandi in the 1980s. The music was composed by Iranian rock band Bomrani and is based on a famous Iranian kindergarten song from that period.

Make Art Not War by Icy and Sot
(Iran, 2012, 4’).
A cardboard city and a tank that shoots beautiful graffiti on the walls. The title says it all: Make art, not war!

Under the Colours by Emaeil Monsef
(Iran, 2011, 20′)
This soldiers’ tale begins when a female item appears in the barracks A red skirt becomes more than a simple piece of clothing in a tale that blends the insouciant with the profound.

Bride Can by Ronak Taher
(Australia, Iran, 2011, 7’)
Ironic “deconstruction” of the lives of women in traditional society of Iran, through a delicate and surprising animation technique.

My Green Pencil by Fayaz Bahram
(Iran, 2012, 2′)
A little girl sacrifices her beautiful green pencil to bring back the spring.

H. 17.30
Their Feast
by Reem Morsi
(Egypt, Canada, UK, USA, 2012, 20’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
In the wake of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, a mother prepares a feast to celebrate the release of her eldest son from prison. The family’s youngest son goes on the hunt for the one ingredient they can’t afford, encountering his neighbours’ varying positions on the recent uprisings. With compassion and gripping realism, Reem Morsi gives voice to the emotional legacy of this historic event.
Italian premiere

to follow

Parviz by Majid Barzegar
(Iran, 2012, 105′) vo. Persian, subtitles: italian, english
Parviz is a man in his fifties who has lived his entire life in his father’s home and has never held a job. He spends his days doing housework for his father and chores for the people of the residential complex in which they live. This quiet routine suddenly comes apart with his father’s decision to remarry. Parviz is told to move out and live in a place that his father has rented for him.
introduce the film Felicetta Ferraro, iranist

H. 20.30

Kabul at Work by David Gill
(Afghanistan, UK, 2012, 15′) vo. dari, pashto,subtitles: italian, english
Screening of four video portraits of Kabul at Work, a multimedia project that tells of the city of Kabul nowadays through men and women who contribute every day, through their work, to revive it.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director

to follow


The Cutoff Man
by Idan Hubel
(Israel, 2012, 76’) vo. hebrew, subtitles: italian, english
Gabi cuts off the water supply to people who don’t pay their bills. There’s no choice, it’s either that or unemployment. The more he cuts off, the more money he makes. Like a thief he sneaks into back yards, where the water meters are and like an executor he roams the neighborhood streets. When people see him they curse and humiliate him. they blame him for their situation. Gabi keeps cutting off water, he has a family to support. How long will it be before he breaks?
Introduce the film Marcella Simoni, professor at Cà Foscari University Venice

H. 22.30

Zaytoun by Eran Riklis
(Israele, Uk, Francia, 2012, 107’) vo. arabo, ebraico, sottotitoli: italiano, inglese
Zaytoun is the story of the unlikely alliance between a twelve-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut. The last film of the Israelian director Eran Riklis, that has as a protagonist the Holltwood star Stephen Dorff.
Italian premiere
Sunday 7 April

Cinema ODEON Piazza Strozzi

H. 11.00 TALK open to the public:
Afghanistan Inside/Out. Culture and civil society in the contemporary Afghanistan
with Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi (writer, author of the book I fichi rossi di Mazar-e Sharif – Edizioni Ponte33), Felicetta Ferraro (iranist, Ponte33), Emanuele Giordana (journalist) Giuliano Battiston (journalist, resercher freelance), Principessa Soray Malek (member of the network Afgana) David Gill (photoreporter, Kabul at Work) and the participation of the directors present at the festival.

 

H. 15.00
Make Art Not War by ICY and SOT
(Iran, 2012, 4’) no dialogues
A cardboard city and a tank that shoots beautiful graffiti on the walls. The title says it all: Make art, not war!
Italian premier

to follow

Nessa by Loghman Khaledi
(Iran, 2012, 52’) vo. persian, subtitles: italian, english
Like many young women around the world, Nessa dreams of becoming a famous actress and choosing her own destiny. After years of puppetry and minor parts, she finally lands a major role, but in the conservative Kurdish city of Kermanshah, Iran, Nessa’s independence means shame for her family. While her father reluctantly admires her self-sufficiency, her brother’s macho pride incites him to violence when attempts to control his sister fail.
Italian premiere, introduce the film Kamin Mohammadi, journalist and writer

 

H. 16.00: Syria Now
a converstaion with the directors moderated by Viviana Mazza, journalist of Corriere della Sera


Al Intithar
(Waiting) by Mario Rizzi
(Italy, UAE, 2013, 30’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
The Syrian refugee camp Zaatari lies seven kilometres to the south of the Syrian border in the Jordanian desert. The nearest town is 13 kilometres away. There are already 45,000 refugees living here, and still more people arrive: 10,000 additional refugees every week. The capacity of the camp is 70.000 people. Many Syrians would like to go home: living conditions in the camp are by no means easy and they are often far away from their husbands and sons, many of whom have stayed behind to fight.
Italian premiere at the presence of the director, screening in cooperation with Villa Romana.

 

to follow

Round Trip by Mayar Al Roumi
(Syria, France, 2012, 73’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
For Walid, a taxi driver in Damascus, the only place he can steal a private kiss with his love, Suhair, is in his car. When Suhair is invited by her friend to visit Tehran, she and Walid together board a train from the Syrian capital to Tehran. As they follow the stunning scenery captured beautifully on film, Walid and Suhair finally have an opportunity to get to know each other outside of his taxi…
Italian premiere in the presence of the director
Q&A with the directors Mario Rizzi and Meyar Al-Roumi

 

H. 18.15

Cinema Jenin by Marcus Vetter
(Palestine, Germany, 2012, 95’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
When director Marcus Vetter goes to Jenin in the Palestinian territories for a story about Ismael, whose son was shot by an Israeli sniper, he discovers that the city once boasted a cinema where people lined up to watch local and international films. Palestine used to have a well-developed film industry, but it collapsed with the First Intifada in 1987. Vetter, Ismaël, and a few locals come up with the idea of renovating and breathing new life into the old cinema and creating a social and cultural meeting place.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director

H. 20.45
This is London by Mohammed Rashed BuAli
(Bahrein, UAE, 2012, 17’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
A couple’s mission to send a photograph to their son in London should be an easy task, but when the wife refuses to go to the studio, the photographer has to think of innovative ways to capture the perfect shot.
Italian premiere

to follow

My Afghanistan: Life in a Forbidden Zone by Nagieb Khaja
(Denmark, Afghanistan, 2012, 87’) vo. dari, pashto, subtitles: italian, english
Danish/Afghan filmmaker Nagieb Khaja travels to Kabul with a sports bag full of video cameras on a mission, which at first sight looks as easy as it soon turns out to be difficult. Nagieb wants to document the ‘real’ Afghanistan. And who can do this any better than the Afghans themselves? With great difficulty, he manages to smuggle the camera’s out of the protected district, where the international journalists live shielded from the civilian population, and to the villages, where the inhabitants begin filming themselves and each other.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director

 

H 22.30

The Last Step by Ali Mosaffa
(Iran, 2012, 88′) vo. persiano, subtitles: italian, english
This ironic tale is narrated from beyond the grave by Khosro (Ali Mosaffa), who dies in a ridiculous accident, but lingers round his film star wife, Leila (Leila Hatami), reviewing their complicated but loving marriage. He hangs round the set where she is trying to finish shooting the film begun before he died. Previously unexplained truths dawn on him but Leila, who manages to insert her perspective into the story, still has some secrets.
Introduce the film Bianca Maria Filippini, expert of Iranian cinema

CINEMA STENSEN, viale Don Minzoni 25C

An Italian eye on the Middle East
New at this edition of Middle East Now,
a selection of documentaries by Italian filmmakers that tell stories of this area of the world.

H 15.30
Money Market by Davide Lemma
(Aghanistan, 2012, 30′), vo. dari, subtitles: italian
The story of a trip to Afghanistan, a story of men and women trying to start rebuilding the country, through micro-enterprises, but also a story of men that, with the aim to discourage the outflow of capital, decide to organise a market where to “exchange money”, encouraging illegal trafficking of weapons and opium.
In the presence of the director


Bulaq di Davide Morandini
(UK, Italy, Egypt, 2011, 25’) vo. Arabic, subtitles: italian
The revolution in Egypt as seen through the population of Bulaq a very popular district a few meters away from Tahrir Square, where people fhas been fighting for yearsto survive. Through the revolution, people in the neighborhood did finally hear their voice, even if none of their demands have yet been answered …
In the presence of the director


Just Play di Dimitri Chimenti
(Italy, Francie Palestine, 2012, 58’) vo. Arabic, subtitles: italian
There is a cultural association that for the last 10 years has brought its music schools in a territory from the refugee camps of Lebanon up to the Gaza Strip. Its name is Al Kamandjâti, with teachers from around the world and reaches thousands of children. For the Kamandjâti, music education is not only the best way to protect life, but also the most efficient tools of resistance.
In the presence of the director


H. 18.00

Facing Mirrors by Negar Azarbayjani
(Iran, Germania, 2012, 102′)
Rana, a conservative young mother, has been secretly driving a cab to support her family since her husband went to jail. When she picks up Adineh, a young woman from a wealthy family who is fleeing an arranged marriage and the country for a transgender operation, it’s a clash of class and belief systems. But soon enough, an unlikely alliance forms.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director, the actresses and the producer
present the film Farian Sabahi, journalist and Iranin historian


H. 20.45

Casablanca Mon Amour by John Slattery
(USA, Marocco, 2012, 78’) vo. arabic, english, subtitles: italian, english
Un particolarissimo e intelligente road movie che indaga la lunga relazione tra lo star system di Hollywood e l’immagine del mondo arabo. Il film mette in discussione la visione patinata ed esotica del Marocco, ricostruita attraverso gli sfondi di alcune delle piu’ famose pellicole del cinema americano, da Guerre Stellari al Gladiatore. Armati di videocamera, due ragazzi marocchini raccolgono interviste, raccontano le loro impressioni, e ci restituiscono l’immagine di un Marocco fuori dai luoghi comuni.
Italian premiere, In the presence of the director and of the producer

to follow

The Boxing Girls of Kabul di Ariel Nasr
(Canada, Afghanistan, 2012, 52’) vo. dari, pashto, subtitles: italian, english
A courageous group of young Afghan women risk persecution to become world-class boxers, training without even the most basic of facilities. Inspired by their coach who was once an Olympic contender, the girls dream about winning medals for their country and a shot at the 2012 Olympics. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, following three young contenders to their first competition. But when Afghan TV covers a medal won by one of the girls, and the news reports women being stoned in other parts of the country, their lives and their families are threatened.
Italian premiere
Monday 8 April
Cinema ODEON Piazza Strozzi

H. 16.00
Kabul at Work by David Gill
(Afghanistan, UK, 2012, 5) vo. dari, pashto, subtitles: italian, english
Projection of a video-portraits of Kabul at Work, the multimedia project that shows the city of Kabul nowadays through men and women who contribute every day, through their work, to revive it.
Italian premiere

to follow


Parviz by Majid Barzegar
(Iran, 2012, 105′) vo. Persian, subtitles: italian, english
Parviz is a man in his fifties who has lived his entire life in his father’s home and has never held a job. He spends his days doing housework for his father and chores for the people of the residential complex in which they live. This quiet routine suddenly comes apart with his father’s decision to remarry. Parviz is told to move out and live in a place that his father has rented for him.
introduce the film Felicetta Ferraro, iranist

H. 18.00

Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions di Amanda Homsi-Ottosson
(Libano, UK, 2011, 38’) vo. arabo, sottotitoli: italiano, inglese
A documentary about a fascinating Lebanese poet and writer Joumana Haddad who has stirred controversy in the Middle East for having founded ‘Jasad’ (the Body), an erotic quarterly Arabic-language magazine.
Italian premiere in the presence of the director and of the protagonist, Joumana Haddad

to follow

presentation of the last book of the Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad
“Superman is an Arab”

Moderator, Gad Lerner, journalist (in Italian)

H. 20.00 Persian light dinner
Tasting of traditional Persian specialties by Sireh

H. 21.00
Noor by Ahmed Ibrahim
(Egypt, USA, 2012, 15’) vo. arabic, subtitles: italian, english
Thirteen-year-old Fingo wants to hang lights outside his flat for Ramadan. He quickly realises there’s much more to the lights than just decorating. He has to take a stand, win over the community and hang his lights. All in two days!
Italian premiere

to follow

closing film

Wajma – An Afghan Love Story by Barmak Akram
(Afghanistan, 2012, 86’) vo. persiano, sottotitoli: italiano, inglese
It’s snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begin a clandestine relationship, they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking. After Wajma discovers she is pregnant, her certainty that Mustafa will marry her falters, and word of their dalliance gets out. Her father must decide between his culturally held right to uphold family honor and his devotion to his daughter. The last film by one of the most acclaimed Afghani directors, that won the award as best screenplay at the last Sundance film Festival.
Italian premiere in the presence of the protagonist Hadji Gul

 

 

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