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Morocco represented by STARVE YOUR DOG by Hicham Lasri

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Festival of Arab Cinema in Brazil

Morocco will mark the twelfth edition of the Festival of Arab Cinema in Brazil, scheduled from 9 to 16 August in Sao Paulo, with the screening of the film “STARVE YOUR DOG” (2015) by director Hicham Lasri. The film, awarded several national and international awards, looks back on the years of lead through the story of a television crew awaiting the arrival of a colorful personality for what will be a report on his life . Between dysfunction and comedy, the film crew re-learns to know each other after a very long separation, but what was once a kind of professional family reveals cracks and hatreds during this day of filming that coincides with the last day of Ramadan.

This year’s edition, entitled “The territories that cross us”, proposes a dozen unpublished cinematographic works addressing the diversity of the Arab world, but also the question of immigration and exile. “The films selected cover the theme of exile and the reconstruction of the sense of belonging … The festival will also feature films that are important testimonials of historical moments, especially for those who, like the Palestinians, Face the physical and symbolic disappearance of their archives, “said festival director Geraldo de Campos.

Organized by the Institute of Arab Culture (Icarabe), in partnership with the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the sponsorship of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, this year the festival offers classics of Arab cinema like “Ila Ayn” Where) of the Lebanese director Georges Nasser, which deals with the emigration of a father of a family from his native Lebanon to Brazil.

The film, shot in the 1960s, is a novel work that tells the story of millions of families who left their countries of origin to settle in Brazil. First film Lebanese screened in Cannes, “Ila Ayn” was restored numerically. In addition to a wide variety of films from the Comoros, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, the seventh art enthusiasts have an appointment with an unprecedented concert Will feature poems written in the 11th century by Al Mutamid Ibn Abbad (1040-1095), the last Abbadid emir to reign in Seville. The concert “Al Moutamid Ibn Abbad, king-poet of Andalusia: a journey through ten centuries of music and cultural exchanges” will bring together musicians from Morocco, Portugal and Spain.

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