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Film festival explores experimental Arab cinema

November 13, 2013

Leanne Prain, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, 778.782.9223,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Showcasing international works from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco as a part of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts Faculty Series, Experiments in Arab Cinema will bring celebrated films to the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema from Nov. 15-16.

Presented in part by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, the festival lineup was curated through the research of SFU professor, film critic and curator Laura U. Marks

These works experiment with storytelling, manual and digital animation, mining archives of cinematic and television, and expanding the expressive capacities of film and video.

Grouped within three separate programs; The Glitch Program, Unbearable Beauty, and The Body in the Archive, the films reveal a brilliant and subversive underside to stereotypes about the region and showcase the independent artistic creation that has bloomed in recent years.

Tickets are $15 for a series pass and $5 for students. A reception will follow the Friday evening program.

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