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ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin from 5.- 11. November 2012

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ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin from 5.- 11. November 2012

ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin will take place from the 5th to the 11th of November 2012 and is presenting, for the fourth year in a row, films from the Arab world. ALFILM shows over 40 films from Arab directors and productions from Arab countries, which until now have been rarely available to European audiences.

The Main Program of the festival is going to screen recent fiction and documentary films from Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine and Lebanon, amongst others.

This year’s opening film Fidaï (2012, Algeria/France/ Qatar/Kuwait /China/Germany) from the young and upcoming director, Damien Ounouri, tells the story of the Algerian independence movement based on vivid memories of his great uncle.

Many such inspirational documentary films will be screened at this year’s ALFILM, such as Uncle Nashat (2011, Jordan/Palestine) by Aseel Mansour, which reconstructs the story of a political murder, The Virgin, the Copts and Me (2011, Egypt/Qatar/France) by Namir Abdel Messeeh, a film that traces apparitions of the virgin Mary in Egypt or Yamo (2011, Lebanon) by Rami Nihawi, which focuses on a mother, who slowly unveils the emotional wounds of civil war. In a variety of ways, the films portray the current political conflicts and social upheavals in the respective countries.

Well worth seeing are feature films such as the Moroccan comedy Andalousie, mon amour (2011) by Mohamed Nadif or the Iraqi docu-drama Leaving Baghdad (2010) by Kutaiba Aljanabi. Ismaël Ferroukhi's Free Men (2011) tells the story of the great Parisian Mosque at the time of National Socialism, which led to salvation for numerous Algerian Jews.

The special program section Generation in Transit focuses on perspectives of youth in times of civil unrest by means of historical works such as: Return of the Lost Son from Youssef Chahine (Egypt, 1976) and West Beyrouth from Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon, 1998).

This year’s Retrospective sponsored by the Center of Modern Orient (ZMO), is devoted to the Moroccan director Farida Benlyazid, whose work deals intensively with the roles of women in Arab society and forms of resistance. In attendance of the film director, Une porte sur le ciel (1989), Keid Ensa(1999), Casablanca, Casablanca (2002) and Juanita de Tanger (2005) will be screened.

Two Short Film Programs as well as an Experimental Film Program will add to the program.

ALFILM is organised by Friends of Arabic Cinematheque Association, Berlin. The organization is an independent association, which was founded with the goal of offering a platform for film productions of Arab countries in Germany to confront cultural stereotypes about the Arab world through pictures and stories.

ALFILM will take place from 5.-11.11.2012 at the Babylon and Eiszeit cinemas.

A Press Sneak Preview will take place on 24.10.2012 at 12:30pm and 15:00pm at the cinema Babylon.
Further notice of this event will be circulated in the near future.

Accreditation for the 4th edition of ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin - is now open. The Accreditation form is available at

To receive an accreditation for ALFILM, please fill out the accreditation form <>  and send it to us together with a portrait photo in JPEG format (file name: last name_first name.jpg) via email to, via fax to +49-30-40301864 or via post to ALFILM Festival / Accreditation / Potsdamer Str. 151 / 10783 Berlin. Please note that the deadline is October 22nd, 2012. After this deadline, accreditations can be issued during the festival week at the guest office, where a late accreditation fee of 5 EUR will be charged.

Festival accreditation costs 30 EUR for film industry visitors. The fee can be paid in cash only at the time of collecting your accreditation badge. Press visitors and film guests are accredited free of charge. Press visitors are kindly asked to additionally provide either a copy of their press ID, a supporting letter from their editor, or links to/scans of two recent articles.

Further information concerning your accreditation will be found in a confirmation letter, which will be sent to you by the end of October.

For press inquiries please contact:
Katherin Erdelyi, Mascha Wilke or ALFILM Office: Potsdamer Str. 151, 10783 Berlin, Germany
email:, tel: 030 40 30 18 63, fax: 030 40 30 18 64.