The Brooklyn Academy of Music will screen vital new films from the Middle East and North Africa

Returning to the BAM for a fourth year, the beauty, complexity and diversity of Arab culture occupy a central place in contemporary Arab cinema. Presenting stories of unlikely female friendship in Morocco, forbidden romance in Saudi Arabia and political defiance in Algeria, this series of vital new works from the Middle East and North Africa’s most daring filmmakers is curated by Lina Matta .

Description of the films:

Daughters of Abdulrahman (2021) Dir. Zaid Abu Hamdan. Four estranged sisters who return home to search for their missing father in a patriarchal Arab society confront family and individual truths in this Cairo International Film Festival Audience Award winner. In Arabic with English subtitles. Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. Opening night. Director present!

A Second Life (2021) Dir. Anis Lassoud. After a car accident, twelve-year-old Gadha and her mother are taken in by a rich and generous family, where they find friendship and a new beginning, until Gadha discovers the secret of her new family. In Arabic with English subtitles. Sat. Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.

Memory Box (2021) Dir. Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. A box containing family secrets and long-buried memories of wartime Beirut resurfaces in this poignant and heartwarming film about women coming of age and the complexities of displacement and loss. In Arabic and French with English subtitles. Saturday September 24 at 6 p.m. Director present!

Papicha (2019) Dir. Mounia Meddour. As terrorists push for an Islamic state in 1990s Algeria, a young woman stages a fashion show in a defiant assertion of women’s right to control their bodies, clothes and lives. In Arabic and French with English subtitles. Sat. Sept. 24 at 9 p.m.

Television Company (2020) Dir. Robert Cremona. A struggling actor decides to host an Arabic dating show featuring a panel of competing women and becomes a hated figure when the show sparks public outrage. In Arabic and English with English subtitles. Sun. Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.

Amira (2021) Dir. Mohammad Diab. Conceived with the smuggled sperm of her incarcerated father, a Palestinian teenager faces an identity and family crisis when she discovers that the man she idolizes is not her biological father. In Arabic with English subtitles. Sun. Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.

Adam (2019) Dir. Maryam Touzani. A single mother reluctantly welcomes a single pregnant woman looking for a job in this tender family and friendship drama. In Arabic with English subtitles. Sun. Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.

The Gravedigger’s Wife (2021) Dir. Khadar Ahmad. This poetic study of love and the power of fleeting moments follows a Djibouti City gravedigger determined to save his sick wife. In Somali with English subtitles. Mon. Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020) Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania. A Syrian refugee inadvertently ends up selling more than his skin when he allows his back to be used as a canvas for a famous artist. In Arabic with English subtitles. Tue., Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Huda’s Salon (2021) Dir. Hany Abu-Assad. On a trip to a Jerusalem hair salon, a young mother is blackmailed and forced to choose between protecting her family and betraying her people in this fast-paced thriller. In Arabic and English with English subtitles. Wed., Sept. 28 at 9:30 p.m.

The Drum of Retribution (2020) Dir. Abdulaziz Alshlahei. The story of a forbidden romance between an executioner’s son and a wedding musician’s daughter paints a nuanced portrait of community, class and love in turn-of-the-century Saudi Arabia. In Arabic with English subtitles. Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Carona (2021) Dir. Shady Hanna. A Lebanese family retreats to their dilapidated country house to avoid the Covid and ends up rediscovering their roots in this family comedy. In Arabic with English subtitles. Thu, Sep 29 at 9:30 PM

For more information, please contact Lindsay Brayton at [email protected]

Since 1998, BAM Rose Cinemas has been the home of Brooklyn cinema. Combining new releases with repertoire and specialist programming throughout the year, BAM Film’s mission is to present agile, responsive and engaged cinematic programming that centers marginalized artists and challenges dominant narratives. The program continues BAM’s tradition of presenting bold and adventurous works by adventurous artists to adventurous audiences. The four-screen venue hosts film festivals from around the world, often with special appearances from directors, actors and other guests. BAM has programmed major retrospectives of filmmakers like Spike Lee, Chantal Akerman, Marlon Riggs, Jonathan Demme and Claire Denis. Since 2009, the program has also produced BAMcinemaFest, New York’s home for vital new works in American independent cinema.


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BAM Film management support provided by the Ford Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation

BAM is the recipient of a Closed Venue Operator Fellowship from the United States Small Business Administration, made possible through the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Charles D. Schumer.

BAM Rose Cinemas would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the Estate of Richard B. Fisher, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council , New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council for the Arts, and Bloomberg.

BAM facilities are owned by the City of New York and benefit from public funds provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with the support of Mayor Eric Adams; the New York City Council, including Council President Adrienne E. Adams, and the Brooklyn Council delegation; and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. BAM would also like to thank the Brooklyn delegations of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate, Assemblyman Phara Souffrant Forrest, and Senator Jabari Brisport.

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