The “Screens and Streams” second week’s film program spanning from April 9 to 14 features one short film and four documentaries: “And Romeo Married Juliette” by Tunisian filmmaker Hinde Boujemaa; the road movie “Asphalt” by Lebanese director Ali Hammoud; “Monumentum” by Lebanese artist Fadi Yeni Turk; “Scent of a Revolution” by Egyptian filmmaker and scholar Viola Shafik; and “J’ai Tant Aimé” (I Loved So Much) by Moroccan director Dalila Ennadre. Check out the full films program including films synopses below.
Furthermore, the second week of “Screens and Streams” proposes playlists on Anghami and Spotify, composed of compilations of twenty AFAC-supported music tracks from ten albums. The selection varies in styles, featuring Maryam Saleh, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and Maurice Louca – Lekhfa; Wassim Halal – Le Cri du Cyclope; Yacine Boulares – Suite for Abu Sadiya; Kabreet – Momken Bokra; Hello Psychaleppo – Toyour; Maias Alyamani – A Decade of Maqam Ensemble; Oumi – Imaginary Dance; Ghassan Sahhab – Sharqi (My Orient); Alaa Zouiten – Talking Oud; and Asaad Kamal Hamzy – Three Dances Suite.
“Screens and Streams” compliments AFAC’s mission to support independent Arab filmmakers and to promote their works, in view of instigating engagement with audiences of the Arab region. The initiative is also an adaptation of the annual AFAC Film Week, organized yearly since 2014 in different Arab cities and showcasing, for every edition, a rich selection of AFAC-supported films. In light of the present unprecedented situation worldwide, and the ensuing global lockdown, AFAC opted this year for a virtual program of films and music, spanning few weeks.
The first week of “Screens and Streams”, which ran from April 2 to 8, received high interest, was widely shared on social media and featured in several media outlets. The first week’s films program included “Waves” by Ahmed Nour (Egypt); “Silence” by Chadi Aoun (Lebanon); “The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni” by Rania Stephan (Lebanon); “Underground/On the Surface” by Salma El Tarzi (Egypt); and “And on a Different Note” by Mohammad Shawky Hassan (Egypt).
“Screens and Streams” also boasted, in its first week, a selection of twenty tracks from ten music albums: The Great Departed – La Bombe; Asifeh – Datura; Donna Khalife – Hope is the Thing with Feathers; Othman El Kheloufi – Zid Zid (When Light Takes You on a Motorbike); Mafar – Visa; Layale Chaker – Inner Rhyme; Youssra El Hawary – No’oum Nasyeen; Hussam Aliwat – Born Now; Sary and Ayad Khalife – Soobia; and Emel Mathlouthi – Ensen.
Stay tuned for the third week of AFAC’s “Screens and Streams” initiative, which will feature films such as “Home Sweet Home” by Nadine Naous, “The Little Eagles” by Mohamed Rashad, and “194. Us, the Children of the Camp” by Samer Abu Qatmeh, in addition to a new music compilation from AFAC-supported music albums.