This is a post by JBFC Volunteer Dotty Battel
Back by popular demand! “Contemporary Arab Cinema” returns September 17-24. Dubai-based filmmaker Lina Matta is making her third visit to the Burns to share with us the best new films from the ever-changing Arab world (including many award-winners and one US premiere). Those of you who have seen movies from her past offerings know how unique and dynamic they are, shining a light on the people of this region. And since each film is screened only once, check our website for dates and times and mark your calendar now.
A couple of things not to be missed:
1) Opening Night: Sept. 17 at 7:30
Screening of Rock the Casbah followed by a Reception….
Set in Morocco, the film is a charming, funny, bittersweet dramedy about the gathering of a family after the sudden demise of it’s patriarch (Omar Sharif). The real stars are the women (the mother, 3 daughters and the maid), all who have secrets that test the backbone of the family.
2) FREE Screening for JBFC Members: Sept. 19 at 7:30*
With her lighthearted storytelling style, writer/director Cherien Dabis (Amreeka) spins the tale of May in the Summer, a “disarmingly humorous and deeply affecting” (The Huffington Post) film about a successful New York author who returns to her childhood home of Amman to prepare for her wedding and has to confront the emotional trauma of being caught between two very different worlds.
Watch the trailer below to get a snippet of this very fine film.
*Free tickets available for members at the box office ONLY (in advance or on the day of the screening) while they last. Tickets maybe purchased online.
TICKETS available now!