The Arab American National Museum is proud to present six contemporary Arabic-language film shorts in an assortment of genres and mediums. From a garbage crisis to identity politics and agoraphobia to musical instruments, these shorts encompass a variety of realities and points of view as diverse as the Middle East itself. The official program is immediately preceded by two shorts directed by student groups in Detroit and Palestine. All films are shown with English-language subtitles.
Shorts Program | Various Countries | Various Languages | 80 min
Featuring the AANM REEL STORIES FILMS (precedes the official shorts program)
Directed by Arab American National Museum students
USA, 7 min, Drama, English, Rated PG
The coming-of-age story of an aspiring filmmaker who faces many outward conflicts against her identity
Directed by East Jerusalem students
Palestine, 10 min, Documentary, Arabic with English subtitles, Rated PG
A 13-year-old activist discovers that her societal challenges aren’t so different from those of her mother’s generation.
Directed by Mounia Aki
Lebanon, 21 min, Drama, Arabic with English subtitles, Rated PG-13 (contains adult references)
As Lebanon’s disturbing (and smelly) garbage crisis increases, residents are forced to leave their homes…except for Hala, whose memories compel her to stay. Winner of the SXSW GRAND JURY AWARD.
HALF A LIFE
Directed by Tamara Shogaolu
Egypt, 12 min, Animated Documentary, Arabic/English with English subtitles, Rated PG (contains adult references)
When a young Egyptian man joins the LGBT rights movement, he must choose whether to stay in the country he loves or seek asylum elsewhere as a refugee.
Directed by Ali Kareem Obaid
Iraq, 11 min, Drama, Arabic with English subtitles, Rated PG
The ISIS occupation of Iraq drives a widower into self-imposed seclusion – but his young son dreams of a life out in the open.
Directed by Ahmad Saleh
Palestine/Jordan/Germany, 11 min, Stop-Motion Animation, Arabic with English subtitles, Rated PG
Dodging their overprotective mother, two boys hatch a seemingly innocent money-making scheme to purchase a classical musical instrument.
THE RIFLE, THE JACKAL, THE WOLF, AND THE BOY
Directed by Oualid Mouaness
Lebanon, 18 min, Drama, Arabic with English subtitles, Rated PG-13 (contains violence against animals)
When two young Lebanese brothers use their father’s rifle against a perceived threat, the consequences reach further than anyone ever expected.
Directed by Khalid Salem
Sudan, 7 min, Comedy, Arabic with English subtitles, Rated PG-13 (contains violence against animals)
A life-changing decision turns Bakr’s life upside-down – and threatens his relationships with family and friends.
RATTLED Directed by Jafaar Al Madhoon; 10 min.; Comedy/Romance; Arabic with English subtitles; Rated PG; Mohammed struggles to find a suitable bride after suffering constant rejection; Winner of the Best Short Film & Best Script at the Arab Film Studio Narrative Competition.
Film made possible with support from U-M Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia/Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum.