The organizing committee of the Jerusalem Arab Film Festival announced that the second session of the festival will be held from 14 to 19 May, with the participation of 26 films, including fiction, documentary and short.
The committee said, the day before yesterday, that “the opening will take place at the Palestinian National Theater (Al-Hakawati), where the Tunisian film (Ghadwa), directed and starring Dhafer Al-Abidin, will be shown.” In conclusion, the festival will screen the Egyptian film “Abu Saddam,” directed by Nadine Khan, starring Mohamed Mamdouh, Ahmed Dash and Zina Mansour. Festival director Neven Shaheen said: “We are launching the second edition of the festival despite the obstacles that may face any cultural initiative in the city of Jerusalem. Our insistence on this initiative comes out of our awareness of the city’s need to enhance its spatial identity and cultural space, and enhance its cultural communication with its Arab extension.” . She added, “This year’s edition is characterized by the participation of a greater number of films compared to the previous edition, which was shown for the first time in Jerusalem, in addition to the diversity of themes and nationalities of these films.”
The feature film competition includes six films from Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq and Lebanon. The jury was chaired by Palestinian director Anne-Marie Jacir, with her on the committee was the Egyptian critic Mohamed Sayed Abdel Rahim, and the Sudanese actor and producer Talal Afifi.
As for the documentary film competition, it includes six films, the short film competition includes 11 films, while three films are screened outside competitions.
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