Sun, March 16, 2008 6:00 pm at Various Venues

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MARCH 5 - 16, 2008

Venues: Tribeca Cinemas, Columbia University, Art in General, Cantor Film Center at NYU, and Two Boots Pioneer Theatre

Alwan for the Arts, with partners 3rd i NY and the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, presents the 2008 New York Arab and South Asian Film Festival including over 65 feature premieres, documentaries and short films from 25 countries in North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and North America. See for complete listings & to buy tickets or festival passes.


* Representations of Belly Dancing in Egyptian Cinema, a selection of films from 1950s-1970s curated and introduced by Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad.

* A Mid-Career Retrospective & Free Master-class with Camera d'Or winning Indian Director Murali Nair at Columbia University

* FREE Art Video Programs on Tuesday, March 11 at Art in General presented by guest- curators Özkan Cangüven, and Swati Khurana.

* "On the Edge of Imperialism" an Experimental Video Program curated by filmmaker Tala Hadid


* Two Work in Progress screenings & discussions on March 5th of Jawad Metni's LEBANON CLUSTER BOMB at Cantor Film Center and Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri's WHAT EVERYBODY KNOWS on March 6 at the Pioneer.

* March 7th OPENING NIGHT screening at Tribeca Cinemas of the documentary I LOVE HIP HOP IN MOROCCO. Director Joshua Asen will be in attendance, and keep your ticket stubs for free entry to after-party at Art in General. Open Bar & *dj take 5* spinning hiphop, nu-jazz, soulful grooves -sponsored by Earseph Enterprises.

* Book reception with Prof. HAMID DABASHI for his recent publication "Makhmalbaf at Large: The Making of a Rebel Filmmaker" following the March 9th screening of Hana Makhmalbaf's BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME

* Festival GALA on March 14, and Closing weekend screenings, with many international guests including: Tunisian film star, ANISSA DAOUD, Egyptian Filmmaker, HALA KHALIL, Syrian Filmmaker ABDELLATIF ABDULHAMID, Tunisian Writer/Director, JILANI SAADI, and Moroccan director Daoud Aoulad-Syad among many other curators, celebrities and filmmakers.

The 2008 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival is made possible in part by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with the generous support of The September 11th Fund, as well as Columbia University Department of Middle East, Asian Languages & Cultures, The School of the Arts Film Division, and Department of Anthropology, The Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, The Tunisian Cultural & Information Center, Egypt Air, and the Arab American Family Support Center.

Additional Support from Sankalpa Media, Design Evolution, Deep Dish TV, Earseph Enterprises, Rush Graphics, NYU A/P/A Studies & Institute, Le Souk Restaurant, Damascus Bakery, Sangam Entertainment, RunRon Entertainment Inc., Thatch Caye Resort, Candela, Candela Restaurant,

Media Sponsors: Village Voice, indieWIRE, Rotana TV, Dandana TV, Egyptian National Film Center, Syrian Cinema Foundation, and Arab Radio and Television (ART), Egypt.

Last updated: 2008-03-09 04:23:47

2008 Arab and South Asian Film Festival
2008 Arab and South Asian Film Festival

Various Venues

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