2019 Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema

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Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. 
Opening Night Film: The Wild Pear Tree by Nuri Bilge Ceylan with Reception at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Tickets: $25 includes reception


6From Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winer Sleep, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), comes our Opening Night Selection, The Wild Pear Tree, an insightful exploration of youthful ambitions and the constraints of tradition in modern Turkey. More Film Info…

“[Ceylan’s] funniest, most politically poignant work yet.”
— Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

— Jay Weissberg, Variety

“Perceptive and profound.”
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

The film will show after a pre-screening reception featuring Middle Eastern hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Friday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Gaza Surf Club by Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine at Wellfleet Preservation Hall. Tickets: $15 (includes 30-Day Access Code for the Sundance Now Channel!)



Gaza – a strip of land with a population of 1.7 million citizens, wedged between Israel and Egypt and isolated from the outside world. 26 miles of coastline with a harbor that no longer services ships. Hardly anything gets into Gaza and even less gets out. The young generation is growing up with very little perspective – occupied and jobless. But against this background there is a small movement. Trapped in “the world’s largest open-air prison” and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the beaches. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean – they are the surfers of Gaza. More Film Info…

“Audiences everywhere will be embracing ‘Gaza Surf Club,’ an inspiring, warmhearted look at a group of resilient spirits who find a way to indulge their passion for surfing while living in the Gaza Strip, one of the world’s most battle-scarred locales.” – Variety

Preceded by the Jordan/U.A.E short comedy The Delivery by Yazan Al Ghazzawi

Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m.
The Feeling of Being Watched by Assia Boundaoui at Wellfleet Preservation Hall. Tickets: $15  Followed by Skype Q&A.


3. The Feeling of Being Watched_Assia hangs FBI documents

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab- American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community. More Film Info…

“Boundaoui’s smart, unsettling documentary functions both as a real-world conspiracy thriller and a personal reflection on the psychological strain of being made to feel an outsider in one’s own home.” – Variety

Preceded by the Iranian/U.S. short film Family of Too Many by Maaman Rezaee 

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 and the Wellfleet Local Cultural Council.