Mizna Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM (CDT)
Award-winning and Minnesota premiere films originating in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, and Palestine, among other countries, make up the 8th edition of the Mizna Arab Film Festival. The Festival runs March 14-17, 2013 at The Heights Theatre with the opening at The Walker Art Center, March 13, 2013.
Opening night, March 13, 2013, in partnership with Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403 will feature OK, Enough, Goodbye (Tayeb, Khalas, Yalla), reviewed by Variety magazine: "At once humorous, melancholy, sardonic and wistful, Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia's feature debut, OK, Enough, Goodbye, is a multistrand story of a single man left adrift when his mother moves out. Using an appealing slice-of-life observational approach, the directors have crafted a warm-hearted though not rose-tinted indie tale." OK, Enough, Goodbye is the best sort of quirk: organic, thoroughgoing, and endearing. It is original enough to continually surprise its audience, but familiar enough not to alienate or befuddle.
The Festival will close March 17, 2013, at Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, Minnesota, with Winter of Discontent, from filmmakers Ibrahim El Batout and Amr Waked, in commemoration of the Egyptian Revolution. The film explores aspects of human suffering resulting from the old regime's years of relentless oppression.
This year's edition also has an "Algeria in Focus" segment, highlighting the modern history of Algeria through documentary and feature narrative films, and an "Ongoing Social Movement of the Arab World" theme, specifically highlighting Syria and Egypt.
More information on the program for the 2013 Mizna Arab Film Festival can be found at http://mizna.org/arabfilmfest.
Presented by Mizna, a Twin Cities-based Arab American arts organization, the 2013 Arab Film Festival presents a wide-ranging and thought-provoking selection of feature-length and short films made by and about Arabs and Arab Americans.
Mizna is an organization devoted to promoting Arab-American culture, providing a forum for its expression. We value diversity in our community and are committed to giving voice to Arab Americans through film, literature, and art.
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Mizna is an Arab American organization founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1998. Mizna produces an Arab American literary journal and presents public events such as the popular Arab Film Festival.