Arab Film Festival

The Arab American National Museum proudly hosts its annual Arab Film Festival, featuring fascinating new titles from one of the most prolific and creative set of filmmakers on the planet. AFF is one of the Museum’s longest-running programs, dating back to its inception in 2005, showcasing the finest films from the Arab World and diaspora.


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Dir. Mohamed Ben Attia / 2018 / Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar / 100 min. / PG 13 – Explicit Language, Sensitive Subject Matter

Michigan Premiere! Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But just as they finally seem to be getting better, he disappears without a trace.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 7pm at the State Theatre

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

Dir. Susan Youssef / 2019 / Lebanon, Canada, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United States / 84 min. / R

Marjoun, clad in all black, with dark eyes and dark hair, is 17 years old and an outsider in her home of Little Rock, Arkansas. Her father Aabid is from Lebanon, and in county jail awaiting trial for his alleged connections to Hezbollah. As she deals with the tensions in her high school and the attempts to get her father out of jail, she takes solace in writing poetry on her typewriter and fancying Chaney, the boy in her math class. When hope dims for her father’s release, Marjoun seeks to take to the open road on a motorcycle. Will she escape or be pulled back into her life in Little Rock?

Immediately following the screening of Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, we will be joined by director Susan Youssef via SKYPE for an intimate talkback.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7pm at the State Theatre

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