The Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema will be participating in ArtSpring Cape Cod, a brand new festival of diverse arts offerings on Cape Cod in the months of April and May. The whole thing kicks off tonight at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. Really hoping to see everyone there. It’s a totally free event from 5 – 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 27th, and you can learn all about not only this festival, but other great arts programming coming up this next month. We’re all connected by the theme of Freedom of Expression
Check it out…. http://www.artspringcapecod.org
The Cape Cod Festival of Arab and Middle Eastern Cinema is a biennial showcase for fIlms from filmmakers in the Arab world, the Middle East, and the diaspora. The festival seeks to foster understanding about the cultures of these diverse countries and regions through the art of cinema and to bring Arab and Middle Eastern films to a receptive Cape Cod audience who might otherwise never see these films.
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.
The Closing Night film, is 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.
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, and Wellfleet Local Cultural Council.