2017 Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema

Announcing the

2017 Opening and Closing Night Selections


Thursday, May 4

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION & SCREENING at the Chatham Orpheum Theater

This year’s festival opens Thursday, May 4 with a screening of Assad Fouladkar’s Halal Love, a Lebanese comedy about regular everyday people working with their Muslim faith and their romantic entanglements, trying not to sacrifice either. The film will screen as part of the Opening Night festivities at the Chatham Orpheum Theater in Chatham, Mass., after a pre-screening reception featuring Middle Eastern hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Watch Halal Love Trailer here.

Halal Love director Fouladkar was born in Lebanon and studied film at Boston University. In Lebanon, he presented a weekly radio program on cinema and wrote critiques in a national daily newspaper. His award-winning first feature film When Maryam Spoke Out won major film awards in the Arab world, Europe, and the United States and was Lebanon’s official entry to the Academy Awards. He also lived in Egypt directing what has become the most successful Arab sitcom Ragel w Sit Sittat (A Man and Six Ladies) for eight seasons. Halal Love screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as well as the Dubai International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and numerous other festivals worldwide.

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Sunday, May 7

CLOSING NIGHT  at the Davis Space at WOMR Studios

The Festival also announced its Closing Night film, Farid Eslam’s Yallah! Underground, a documentary that features Arab musicians and artists in four countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel), including Zeid Hamdan, Shadi Zaqtan, and Maii Waleed Yassin, with an eye toward music and art as political and social comment in an area of the world that has recently been experiencing a major cultural and generational shift. The screening is co-sponsored by WOMR-FM (92.1FM) Outermost Community Radio and will be held at their studios in Provincetown at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.

Watch Yallah! Underground Trailer here.

Yallah! Underground screened recently at the Boston Palestine Film Festival after showing at festivals around the world, including the Margaret Mead Film Festival, Dubai, Raindance, Istanbul, and elsewhere. This is director Farid Eslam’s second documentary. It was filmed during from 2009 till 2013—before, during and after the Arab Spring.

Full Schedule and Tickets Available

Monday, March 27, 2017.

The Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema was produced by Rebecca Alvin’s Cape Cod Film Society, a project of the Provincetown Community Compact, a not for profit 501(c)3 organization. This program received support from the Chatham Local Cultural Council, Provincetown Local Cultural Council, aMCClogond Wellfleet Local Cultural Council.