The 5th Annual New Orleans Middle East Film Festival will be held December 9 – 18 at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. This year’s festival includes over 30 new films from 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
This yearly event explores the extremely rich and complex history, politics, and culture of this volatile region. “In any writing or screenwriting class you quickly learn that the most important element to any good story is conflict. In the Middle East, conflict is a more abundant natural resource than even oil. The annual festival explores the extremely rich and complex history, politics and culture of this volatile region,” explains Zeitgeist founder Rene Broussard.
The festival was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Broussard continues, “With a city of refugees, it soon became quite obvious the many parallels to our situation and the many conflicts of the Middle East. Issues such as racism, Human Rights, social justice, land grabs, Right of Return, etc. So partly as a diversion from and largely out of solidarity, the festival was born.” The festival was established with literally no money and through a completely grassroots effort and continues to grow every year.
—– Here is this year’s full schedule —–
Friday, DEC 9
- 5:30 to 7:30 pm – Opening Reception, featuring the controversial “A Child’s View From Gaza” art exhibit
- 7:30 pm – This Is Not a Film (Iran, 75 mins.) – Opening Night Film
- 9:00 pm – How to Start a Revolution (Iran, Syria, Egypt, 87 mins.)
Saturday, December 10:
- 5:00 pm – No Sharp Objects and A Child’s View from Gaza short film (Palestine, 45 mins.)
- 6:00 pm – Pastports: Najeeb’s Amazing Adventure and Telling Strings (Palestine, 105 mins.)
- 8:30 pm – Love During Wartime (Israel/Palestine, 92 mins.)
Sunday, December 11:
- 4:30 pm – The First Movie (Iraq, 76 mins.)
- 6:00 pm – Gaza-Strophe, Palestine and Challenging Power (Israel/Palestine, 113 mins.)
- 8:30 pm – The Green Wave (Iran, 80 mins.)
Monday, December 12:
- 6:00 pm – The Art of Flight (Egypt, 81 mins.)
- 8:00 pm – Occupation Has No Future (Israel/Palestine, 84 mins.)
Tuesday, December 13:
- 6:00 pm – Damascus with Love (Syria, 90 mins.)
- 8:00 pm – Half MG Nicotine (Syria, 97 mins.)
Wednesday, December 14:
- 6:00 pm – 12 Angry Lebanese (Lebanon, 85 mins.)
- 8:00 pm – Dog Sweat (Iran, 90 mins)
Thursday, December 15:
- 6:00 pm – Passion (Syria, 90 mins.)
- 8:00 pm – Heliopolis (Egypt, 96 mins.)
Friday, December 16:
- 6:00 pm – Woman (Syria, 91 mins.)
- 8:00 pm – 18 Days (Egypt, 125 mins.)
Saturday, December 17:
- 2:30 pm – Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo (Egypt, 75 mins.)
- 4:00 pm – Fragments of a Lost Palestine (Palestine, 74 mins.)
- 5:30 pm – Before Your Eyes and It’s My Turn (Turkey, 111 mins.)
- 8:00 pm – Microphone (Egypt, 120 mins.)
Sunday, December 18:
- 3:30 pm – Dubai: A City of Dreams (United Arab Emirates, 76 mins.)
- 5:30 pm – Tattooed Eye and Maria’s Grotto (Lebanon + Palestine, 82 mins.)
- 7:30 pm – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey, 157 mins.)
- 10:00 pm – Award Ceremony, and lagniappe screening of Audience Award winner Best Short Film
You can also visit the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center’s website here for more information on each individual film.
Festival All Access Pass:
$50 individual donation or $75 for a couple
Monday through Friday – $10.00 donation
Saturdays or Sundays – $15.00 donation
Suggested donation per film:
$8 general / $7 students & seniors / $6 Zeitgeist members & children / Free for Zeitgeist Patrons
Advanced tickets will be available on the Zeitgeist website or available at the door.
This festival, like all of Zeitgeist’s programming, is presented annually without any grants or public funds. And like all of Zeitgeist’s programming, is also presented without any paid staff, so donations are greatly needed and appreciated.
So come out to the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans) this weekend and take advantage of this unique film-going experience and all the Zeitgeist Arts Center has to offer. And by doing so, help support one the premier alternative arts center in the South.
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