August 11, 2022
Arab Film Fest 2018 Tour Launches Next Week!
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 18, 2018) — Some of the best films from the MIZNA Arab Film Fest are coming to neighborhoods in the St. Paul and St. Cloud area.
Check out the schedule and mark your calendars. Many screenings will include post-screening discussions with local scholars.
Tickets are $10 each or $6 for seniors/low-income. Separate passes are available for all five St. Paul screenings ($30) and all St. Ben/St. John’s screenings ($30). All screenings are free for students; student tickets available at the door.
Tickets and passes for all St. Paul screenings are available here and for St. Ben/St. John’s screenings are available here.
Screenings in Saint Paul
Those Who Remain | JAN 26, 7pm
@ Macalester College. Post-show discussion with Carol Hakim and Zeynep Devrim Gürsel.
Lebanon, UAE
Directed by Eliane Raheb
**Best Documentary Feature, Arab Film Fest 2017**
Those Who Remain follows a 60-year-old Christian farmer’s struggle to stay on his land amidst sectarian tensions, fear, and hopelessness.
Film still from Those Who Remain. Link to image.
Tramontane | FEB 8, 7pm
@ Concordia University
Lebanon, France
Directed by Vatche Boulghourjian
Rabih, a blind musician, travels across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, encountering the complex and conflicted situation of Lebanon itself.
Film still from Tramontane. Link to image.
As I Open My Eyes | FEB 23, 7pm
@ Hamline University
Tunisia, France, UAE
Directed by Leyla Bouzid
**Best Narrative Feature, Arab Film Fest 2016**
A look at Tunisian youth on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution and an alternative representation of political change during the “Arab Spring.”
Film still from As I Open My Eyes. Link to image.
Mariam + Shorts | MAR 9, 7pm
@ St Catherine University
Saudi Arabia, France
Directed by Faiza Ambah
**Best Narrative Short and Audience Award, Arab Film Fest 2016**
When France bans religious symbols from public schools, a French Muslim teenager must choose between her hijab and going to class.
Film still from Mariam. Link to image.
The Preacher (Mawlana) | MAR 23, 7pm@ Metro State, Film Space
Egypt
Directed by Magdy Ahmed Ali
**Audience Award Best Narrative Feature in Arab Film Fest 2017**
An Egyptian box office hit which tackles the complex relationship between Muslim clerics and Egyptian government. The MN premiere at the 2017 festival was sold out.
Film still from The Preacher (Mawlana). Link to image.
Screenings at St. Ben / St. John’s
The Wanted 18 | APR 14, 2pm
Palestine, France, Canada
Directed by Amer Shomali
**Audience Award Best Documentary Feature in Arab Film Fest 2015**
A small Palestinian village bought 18 cows and stopped buying Israeli milk. The Israeli army took note, declaring the farm an illegal security threat and forcing the dairy underground.
Film still from The Wanted 18. Link to image.
Short Experimental Films by Andrea Shaker | APR 14, 5pm
US
Directed by Andrea Shaker
Andrea Shaker is a professor of art at the College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University. Her work has screened at the Walker Art Center and Mizna’s Arab Film Fest, has been aired on Twin Cities Public Television, and is part of the Moving Image collection at the Walker.
Film still from Disgraced. Link to image.
As I Open My Eyes | APR 14, 7:30pm
Tunisia, France, UAE
Directed by Leyla Bouzid
**Best Narrative Feature in Arab Film Fest 2016**
A look at Tunisian youth on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution and an alternative representation of political change during the “Arab Spring.”
Film still from As I Open My Eyes. Link to image.
A Man In Our House | APR 15, 12pm
Egypt
Directed by Henry Barakat
In British occupied Egypt, Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a member of the resistance, seeks refuge in the house of a politically passive family after killing the prime minister for his acts of treason.
Film still from A Man In Our House. Link to image.
Mariam + Shorts | APR 15, 3pm
Saudi Arabia, France
Directed by Faiza Ambah
**Best Narrative Short and Audience Award, Arab Film Fest 2016**
When France bans religious symbols from public schools, a French Muslim teenager must choose between her hijab and going to class.
Film still from Mariam. Link to image.
Detroit Unleaded | APR 15, 6pm
US
Directed by Rola Nashef
**Audience Award, Arab Film Fest 2013**
A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in a Detroit grocery store. Director Rola Nashef will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
Film still from Detroit Unleaded. Link to image.
About the Arab Film Fest Tour
Anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, and anti-immigrant sentiments are nothing new, but at this political and cultural moment, they have reached a dangerous fever pitch. How do we work against this hateful rhetoric? Film has the power to connect people to one another’s stories and generate empathy in a powerful way. In the spring 2018, Mizna will bring independent Arab cinema to six Minnesota college campuses and the neighborhoods they call home. At each location, we will screen one selection from the best of our previous festivals, covering a range of forms, nationalities, and subjects.
All students, neighborhood residents, and Minnesotans are welcome to engage with these authentic narratives by contemporary Arab filmmakers. Deepening connections across community and campus, these screenings will be held at Macalester College Hamline UniversitySt. Catherine UniversityConcordia UniversityMetropolitan State University, and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University.
SPONSORS
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Call for Writing
Mizna, Summer 2018
Playing the Field: The Politics of Sport
This themed issue will be an exploration of the way the world of sports reflects critical issues affecting our communities–religion, race, gender, class, colonialism/occupation, patriotism, social justice, etc. We invite writing to explore this topic–poetry, stories, creative essays, flash fiction, comix, and other literary interpretations. Email submissions to [email protected] by February 28, 2018.
Click here for more information and full submission guidelines
Sponsored by the City of St. Paul’s Cultural STAR Program.
About Mizna
Mizna is a local Arab arts organization that has excelled for the past 18 years in diversifying the Twin Cities’ artistic and intellectual life, weaving necessary voices and stories into our collective public sphere. With our signature literary journal (Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America ), the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and other arts programming, we are a nationally recognized platform for contemporary Arab American expression and its place in the American experience.

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