DUBAI: The 22nd edition of the Arab Film and Media Institute’s film festival is set to run from Oct. 12-21 in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Here are six films that audiences will be able to enjoy.
‘This is Home: A Refugee Story’
Displaced from their homes, Alexandra Shiva’s film offers a portrait of relocated Syrian immigrants learning to walk again in Baltimore, Maryland.
‘From Under the Rubble: A Story from Gaza’
The film tells the story of Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead,” in which three weeks of heavy shelling saw more than one thousand Gaza Strip residents lose their lives.
Set in Algiers in 2008, the film follows Samir and his wife Amal, as well as their teenage son. On the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary they party with friends while teen has his own adventure.
The film follows the inspirational story of entrepreneur Mariam Shaar — a generational refugee who spent her life in a camp near Beirut — as she sets out to launch a catering company.
The drowning of Hassane, the protagonist of the story, triggers a series of events that shake his family’s faith to its foundations as he’s deemed a martyr.
‘From Baghdad to the Bay’
The film tracks the harrowing journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, who served as an interpreter and cultural adviser for the US army during its invasion of Iraq in 2003.