The 14th annual Arab Film Festival will return to Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres from August 17-20.
The festival will share the stories and culture of the Arab world with an impressive program of six features and five short films.
From documentaries to classic love stories, the program explores the politics of identity and finding one’s place in a world plagued by turmoil.
The film Mahbas directed by Sophie Boutros will launch the festival at the opening night party at Riverside Theatre on Thursday, August 17.
Mahbas is a romantic comedy telling the story of Therese, a Lebanese woman who holds a grudge against Syrians who she thinks killed her brother.
She then learns her daughter’s future in-laws are Syrian.
This year’s festival will screen films from Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Tunisia and Australia.
Festival co-director Fadia Abboud said she is very excited.
“I am very excited that this year’s films have such a strong representation of women and complex stories about the lives of men as they challenge societies expectations of them,” she said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature new female directors through the incredible films we have selected in this year’s festival.”