ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema Exciting Film Series Returns with 12 Exceptional Movies

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Year 2 of ANA Contemporary Cinema returns to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, Westchester, NY with 12 films directed by some of today's best Arab directors.

Starved for a greater understanding of the Arab world? Don’t miss ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema 2013, a film series coming to Westchester, NY, from May 30 to June 5, 2013.

Hosted by the Jacob Burns Film Center and curated by Lina Matta, the head of three major Arab TV channels, ANA’s second edition will feature 12 films that will display the breadth of interest and the creative skills of 12 directors from across the MENA region.

“Arab cinema is putting up a harsh mirror to our issues and dealing with them with an honesty and
straightforwardness heretofore rarely seen,” says Matta, “and I’m thrilled to be able to return to Pleasantville and share this year’s selection with the JBFC’s audience whose love for movies and
curiosity about the world is truly enriching.”

Last year, more than 1,300 movie goers attended ANA’s inaugural edition. This year, Matta hopes her new offerings, rich in geographical variety and directorial visions, will break last year’s record. ANA 2013 is screening 10 features and two shorts from across the Arab world - with movies by directors from Algeria to Saudi Arabia.

“We've moved the series to the end of May - post finals - in the hope of luring in the younger crowd” said Matta. “Last year, viewers came expecting films dealing with politics and social issues, and were enthused to discover films on hip hop, cinema and charming grandmothers. I am looking to surprise them again.”

“Our partnership with the JBFC is based on a mutual vision”, said Matta. “We believe that movies have the power to alter worldviews and build connections among people of different backgrounds. So I choose films that are, not only great to watch, but will contribute to this vision.”

This year’s lineup includes three Lebanese films, one Iraqi (Kurdish), one Saudi, two Moroccan, one Algerian, one Tunisian, two Egyptian, and a film directed by a Brooklynite of Arab origin shot on location in Palestine.

“There is something for everyone. The Iraqi film, directed by Karzan Kader features two young boys, so I hope to see a few families at that screening. Opening night will feature the documentary El Gusto about Algerian chaabi music and how the power of music can bridge decades' deep wounds. Following the screening, moviegoers will enjoy the live music of accomplished oud, violin and qanun musician, Zafer Tawil."

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