In its second Film Week, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) is bringing works by filmmakers from seven Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia) to Cairo. The week-long programme will run between 15 and 22 April at Zawya cinema.

The films to be shown include:

Return to Homs by Talal Derky

Silvered Water by Osama Mohammed

From Silvered Water by Ousama Mohamed. Source

The Council by Yahya Al-Abdallah

A journey of three young students running for the students councils in UNRWA school in Jordan, from announcing the election till the end of the academic year.

THE COUNCIL Trailer from Yahya ALABDALLAH on Vimeo.

The Sea is Behind by Hicham Lasri (Morocco)


The Valley by Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon)

Short Films:

And on a Different Note by Mohammad Shawky Hassan (Egypt)
And on a Different Note is a navigation of an attempt to carve out a personal space amid an inescapable sonic shield created primarily by prime time political talk shows with their indistinguishable, absurd, and at times undecipherable rhetoric/ noises. Equally repulsive and addictive, these noises travel across geographies gradually constituting an integral part of a self-created map of exile.”
(Mohammad Shawky Hassan)

And Romeo Married Juliette by Hinde Boujemaa (Tunisia)

Hinde Boujemaa talks about the effect of the Tunisian revolution on film-making, on freedom of expression and a new wave of film-makers:

Free Range by Bassem Breish (Lebanon)

A cow crosses the border from Israel to Lebanon and meets with 10 year-old Malakeh and her family. Based on a true story “Free Range” is a grotesque comedy about power struggles between humans, religions, borders, peace keepers and cows.


If you’re interested in the music in this film, take a look here.

Morning Fears, Night Chants by Salma Aldairy and Roula Ladqani (Syria).


A young Syrian woman sings protest songs as her secret contribution to the struggle for a regime with more freedom.

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