Arab Film Festival

Head & Heart: 6 Documentaries by Women

Expired November 29, 2021 7:45 AM
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This documentary shorts program focuses on the work of women directors and the stories of women throughout the Arab World. From a look at the tragedy of the 2020 Beirut Explosion, to a heartfelt letter to one woman's grandfather and her heritage, to a powerful mother and daughter falconeering duo breaking stereotypes in the desert, these films showcase the incredible talent and tenacity of women on both sides of the camera.

This program includes the following films:

Struck (Lebanon) dir. Sarah Kaskas

Ain't No Time For Women (Canada, Tunisia) dir. Sarra El Abed

An Evening with Laila (Kuwait) dir. Haya Alghanim

Don't Get Too Comfortable (Yemen) dir. Shaima Al Tamimi

I Bit My Tongue (Algeria) dir. Nina Khada

Osha (United Arab Emirates) dir. Rasha Amer

Co-presented by International Documentary Association (IDA)

A short documentary about the life and true story of Laila Abdulaziz, a pioneer of music in the Arabian Gulf and staple of Kuwaiti history who had a vision for the future that no one was ready for, not even herself.

About the filmmaker:

Haya Alghanim is a Kuwaiti director and producer based in New York City. Haya also has an art practice in experimental film, new media and projection. Through her artistic and professional practice, Haya aims to preserve and represent modern Arab art and culture. Haya recently received her MFA in Film from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

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  • Runtime
    10 minutes
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  • Country
  • Director
    Haya Alghanim
  • Producer
    Haya Alghanim
  • Cast
    Laila Abdulaziz