Arab Film Festival

AFF: Mahbas

Opening Date: Friday, 25 Aug 2017

A romantic comedy about love and marriage amongst our Arab neighbours… and enemies. It’s been more than 20 years since the Lebanese-Syrian war, yet Therese is still not over the death of her brother, killed by a Syrian bomb. Today her only daughter is getting engaged. Only when the suitor ... more

AFF: Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim

Opening Date: Saturday, 26 Aug 2017

Ali falls in love with a goat, whom he believes is a reincarnation of his late girlfriend Nada’s soul. Ibrahim works at a recording studio and starts to hear voices that frighten him. Ali yields to his mother’s wish that he visit a healer, even though he doesn’t believe he ... more

AFF: Gaza Surf Club

Opening Date: Sunday, 27 Aug 2017

This heartfelt documentary takes us into the world of the Gaza Strip’s surfing enthusiasts and reveals a formidable resilience pulsing within a beleaguered population – locked in between Egypt and Israel. The youth are constantly weary of the daily ‘state of emergency’, yet they seek and find meaning and perspective ... more

AFF: I Still Hide to Smoke

Opening Date: Sunday, 27 Aug 2017

Starring Hiam Abbas this tragi-comedy about nine very different women, varying ages and backgrounds that gather at the local Hammam - mingling and at times confronting one another, lashing out, raging, crying, fighting and seeking comfort in each other. Outside the Hammam, fury is in the air. Something is brewing ... more