Israel 2015, 60 min, Hebrew and Arabic, Hebrew & English subtitles

So many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when television had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab movie of the week, but did anybody ever wonder how Israel’s official TV station was able to transcend hostile boundaries to obtain these films, and why it insisted on showing movies made by “the enemy”? The Arabic-language movie from Egypt let some of us escape back to our original homeland, and let others peek out from our “villa in the jungle” and catch a glimpse of our neighbors across the border. But most of us didn’t really want to see the people whose culture, anguish, and aspirations were reflected on our screens. “Arab Movie” brings us the stars and the songs, the convoluted plots, and that fleeting moment when we shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East. But this film about the richness and intensity of Egyptian cinema also raises some disturbing questions.

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Screenings

  • Facebook Event Fri 08.05 18:00 Cinemateque 3 Filmmaker Present
  • Facebook Event Mon 11.05 20:00 The Arab-Jewish Community Center Jaffa Filmmaker Present Free Entrance
  • Wed 13.05 10:00 Cinemateque 2
    Extra screening due to high demand
  • Facebook Event Wed 13.05 21:00 Beit Barbur Filmmaker Present Free Entrance

Filmmakers

CV
Director, Script & Research: Eyal Sagui Bizawe & Sara Tsifroni
Production: Osnat Trabelsi
Production Company: Trabelsi Productions
Editing: Ayal Goldberg
Cinematography: Avigail Sperber, David Zarif
World Sales: Trabelsi Productions (info@trabelsiproductions.com)