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27 Jun 2011 - 2:55 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:09 PM


2011 Arab Film festival preview
By Lynden Barber
This is a propitious time to be running an Australian festival devoted to Arab cinema. Not only have two relatively new, well-funded festivals in the neighbouring emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi given a shot in the arm to the region's filmmakers, but the region is undergoing the kind of social and political turmoil that can only nourish dramatic storytelling. Its filmmakers are not just making calling card films to land themselves a gig in Hollywood, as so often occurs in the West, but have local stories they are burning to tell... More

Need some help deciding what to see?
Find out what our team of critics think of the films in the 2011 Arab Film Festival program.

Son of Babylon (pictured)
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
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Kingdom of Women: Ein el Hilweh

Director: Dahna Abourahme
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Grandma, a Thousand Times

Director: Mahmoud Kaabour
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The Circle
Director: Nawaf Al-Janahi
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Cairo Exit
Director: Hesham Issawi
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Listen to interview (in Arabic)

Stray Bullet

Director: Georges Hachem
Readsynopis and review
Listen to interview (in Arabic)