The day’s programming continues with a stand-out selection of short films curated in partnership with The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) that showcases Arab storytellers from across the world, including productions from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, France, Canada and the US. The selection leans into absurdism and humor and represents a wide range of storytelling styles. It includes stories about the pursuit of love, poetic satire, unlikely friendships and sibling rivalry.
The night concludes with InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema, a block of short films from Middle Eastern filmmakers. The films tell stories about history, conflicted feelings, familial expectations, social critique, grief, women and girls in peril and examinations of gendered expectations. This selection includes the world premiere of writer-director Lee Peterkin’s Ten Years.
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