Arab Films on a Big Apple Weekend

The weekend doesn’t promise great weather, well, at least Saturday does not… And when it’s hot, muggy and rainy outside I like to be inside, comfortably plopped into a movie theater chair, watching something that inspires me. Or just allows me to travel from the coziness and stillness of my armchair. Cinematic voyages are the best way to see the world, not to mention the cheapest and easiest. No boarding pass, no packing, no aggravation, just a few hours in the company of people from another land, speaking different tongues and lulling me to the belief that there is kindness in strangers. Yup, I watch THOSE types of movies.

Anyway, this weekend, and continuing through August 29th, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is showing some great new Arab cinema, as part of a series called Orientation. Personal favorites like Habibi, City of Life and Amreeka are featured, as well as newfound (just discovered by me, I mean) gems like Beirut Hotel, The Rif Lover and Zindeeq.

But don’t take my word for it, read an interview with FSLC program director Richard Peña on the Huffington Post. All I can say is I wish someone like him would run for president…

Oh, and don’t forget the free panel on Saturday August 25th, featuring filmmakers from MENA talking to Peña about their films, their culture and the future of Arab cinema. Yup, you read right, it’s FREE!

Top image of “Habibi” courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, used with permission.

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