march 2017, arsenal cinema

8. ALFILM Arab Film Festival Berlin

The 8th edition of ALFILM is presenting artistically demanding cinema from the Arab world between 31st March and 7th April, with feature and documentary films that depict new perspectives on societal challenges but also pose questions with regard to identity and personal fulfillment.

The opening film is RABIH (Tramontane, Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon/France/Qatar/UAE 2016, guest: Vatche Boulghourjian & composer Cynthia Zaven): Rabih is a blind and talented musician and singer who lives in a village in Lebanon. When his chorus is invited to perform abroad, he applies for a passport. He finds out that his papers are false and his identity is not what his family had led him to believe. He travels across the country to find out more about his background, but instead of finding answers he encounters more mysteries. His search takes him to the peripheries of Lebanon, to the ghosts of the past.

march 2017, arsenal cinema

50 years of dffb

Film academies are not only places where students train but places where productions emerge. Since the dffb's establishment on 17th September 1966, thousands of films have been made - long and short, documentary, fiction and experimental. From March 20-30, we are showing a selection to celebrate 50 years, from the beginnings to the present.

In view of the quantity of productions, such a retrospective cannot make any claims as to representativeness. It also seems to make little sense to concentrate on graduates who are known and already prominent in daily cinema life. Instead, this is an invitation to discover aspects of filmmaking at the dffb that have remained hidden and yet are undoubtedly important components of German film and television history.

march 2017, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: Excess and opulence

We are focusing on grand gestures for this month's Magical History Tour - on films located in the space between excess and opulence, whose exuberance is manifested either by the director's unlimited personal involvement or by an unfettered artistic vision. However, opulence and excess are by no means an end in themselves, but instead represent the expression of a desire for change asserting itself against manifold constraints and obstacles. Our program features films that are committed to absolute realism alongside ones that find their appropriate form in extreme stylization.

April '17
arsenal cinema: 8. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

04:00 pm Cinema 2


Ayny, My Second Eye

Ayny, My Second Eye Ahmad Saleh Germany 2016
DCP OV/EnS 11 min

With a live performance by the director
Followed  by Emerging Talents Connection
arsenal cinema: 8. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

06:00 pm Cinema 1


Bezness as Usual

Bezness as Usual Alex Pitstra Netherlands 2016
DCP OV/EnS 92 min

Followed by a discussion with Alex Pitstra
arsenal cinema: 8. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Night Shift

One Minute

Bread and Tea

And Romeo Married Juliet

Fathy Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Let's Bleat

Short film program "Time"
Night Shift Hisham Sharafeddine Lebanon 2015
DCP OV/EnS 7 min
One Minute Dina Naser Jordan/Belgium 2015
DCP OV/EnS 11 min
Bread and Tea Sarah Kaskas, Liliane Rahal Lebanon 2016
DCP OV/EnS 16 min
And Romeo Married Juliet Hinde Boujemaa Tunisia 2014
DCP OV/EnS 18 min
Fathy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore Maged Nader Egypt 2016
DCP OV/EnS 10 min
Let's Bleat El Mehdi Azzam Morocco/France 2016
DCP OV/EnS 26 min

Followed by a discussion with Dina Naser and El Mehdi Azzam
arsenal cinema: 8. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Ghost Hunting

Ghost Hunting Raed Andoni
France/Palestine/Switzerland/Qatar 2017
DCP OV/EnS 94 min

Followed by a discussion with the protagonists
arsenal cinema: 8. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

09:00 pm Cinema 2


Little Eagles

Little Eagles Mohamed Rashad Egypt/Lebanon 2016
DCP OV/EnS 77 min

Followed by a discussion with Mohamed Rashad