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IMAGINE by Imagine Ali Behrad
September 29, 2022

Middle East Now 2022

In Florence, a week of immersion in Middle Eastern culture through film, art and music from 4 to 9 October

Middle East Now 2022 comes back to Florence from 4 to 9 October at La Compagnia cinema, Stensen cinema and in other Florentine locations with a wide calendar of appointments between art, cinema, documentaries, meetings, music, food and cultural projects. This year the festival will tackle the topic of contemporaneity and current events of the Middle East by 38 movies premieres directed by several film makers who come from different countries as Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Arab Emirate and Yemen.

My Paaper Life By Vida Dena still

This year’s theme, AN ABSTRACT OF HOME, is focused on the concept of home which is defined as universal and with several dimensions. It can be family, a partner, a baby or a friend. It can be found in spirituality and language, in the visible and the invisible. Home is everywhere you feel comfortable and in this edition’s program will be shown the Middle East artists and directors’ works who use their creativity to represent the countless meanings and interpretations of the concept of home

In this 13th edition, there is also a focus on Iran given the difficult situation it is currently experiencing. Among the films presented from the country are Imagine by Ali Berhad and the shorts The Doll by Elahe Esmaili and The Barter by Ziba Karamali, Emad Araad.

THE BARTER by Ziba Karamali Emad Araad

Film di apertura del Middle East Now 2022 il thriller del regista palestinese Hany Abu-Assad, Huda’s Salon (2021) che porta a Firenze il giovane attore protagonista Jalal Masarwa. A chiudere il festival è invece il film iraniano Worl War II di Houman Seyed, vincitore del premio Miglior Film e Miglior Attore Protagonista della sezione Orizzonti all'ultimo festival di Venezia, e fresco candidato ai Premi Oscar.

Tra gli eventi speciali la mostra BOUND NARRATIVES. A Photobook Librarydal 7 al 23 ottobre al Museo Novecento. Una presentazione di libri di fotografia da e sul Medio Oriente e Nord Africa che vuole portare lo spettatore ad espandere le proprie conoscenze in merito a paesi come Tunisia, Algeria, Turchia, Iran, Libano, Marocco e Arabia Saudita. Attraverso libri di fotografia documentaria, diari, ricerche accademiche, saggi, immagini d'archivio, schizzi e altro, Bound Narratives sottolinea l'importanza di condividere la miriade di prospettive delle comunità locali e diasporiche.

Mostra BOUND NARRATIVES Bassam Khabieh - Witnesses to War

Among the titles not to be missed are Take me to the cinema (2022) by Iranian director Albaqer Jaefeer; The stranger (2021) by Palestinian director Ameer Fakher Eldin, which uses nostalgia as a perspective to represent the concept of home; the documentary on Afghanistan Melting Dreams (2021) by director Haidy Kancler and the all-female drama by Jordanian director Zaid Abu Amdan, Daughters of Abdul-Rahman (2021). From Iraq, the Italian premiere of Our river... our Sky (2021), the latest feature by Maysoon Pachachi, which explores the "agonising" decisions faced by an intertwined group of friends and family members. And again from Israel, the intense documentary Innocence by Guy Davidi (2022).

Innocence by Guy Davidi Still3 ©RomCarmi

New for this edition is the collaboration with MOVIES THAT MATTER, the famous festival in The Hague, a selection of films focusing on human rights and films that produce social change: I am a Bastard (2022) by Ahmet Polat, then Along The Way (2022) by Mijke De Jong and finally Beirut Dreams in Colour(2022).

For the complete programme and to buy tickets, clicca qui.

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