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We are pleased to share bonus screenings for September! The Arab American National Museum (AANM) hosts a free virtual music and arts festival, JAM3A, taking place Sept. 23-26, 2021. This can’t-miss 4-day virtual experience features musical performances by renowned Arab artists, panel discussions, and a curated virtual vendor market showcasing small artisan businesses.

In addition, the Arab Film Series in conjunction with JAM3A presents the films Art War, Sama' Abuldhadi and It Ain't Where You From on-demand for the duration of the festival!

For more information about JAM3A + to register: https://www.jam3a.org/

ART WAR is the story of young, creative Egyptian Artists of the Arab Spring who, through the means of graffiti murals, rebellious music, art, and enlightenment, try to salvage their revolution from going under. The film follows revolutionary artists through 2,5 years of post-revolutionary anarchy, from the 2011 Arab Spring to the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.


"ART WAR is a breathtaking, sensual story about the connection between ancient art from the age of the Pharaohs and modern Egyptian graffiti art and how it can still be used as a weapon with explosive political force today. Marco Wilms boldly follows his protagonists to chaotic scenes in the streets of Cairo and thus becomes part of this art with his camera. The film is an unmistakeable call for resistance to extremism." Jury DOK Leipzig, HONORARY MENTION

Filmmaker Bio

Marco Wilms is director and producer of HELDENFILM Berlin. Model in the GDR, he studied in Thailand and made cinema release documentaries like TAILOR MADE DREAMS, COMRADE COUTURE and ART WAR with major broadcasters in Europe and North America.


He recently spent two and half years with Egyptian street artists for his new film ART WAR, mostly as one-man guerilla film team during the Egyptian Spring riots. ART WAR won awards at DOK Leipzig, PRIX Telerama, PRIX Gilda Vieira de Mello Geneva, Amnesty Award Warsaw, PRIX du Jury FIFA Montreal and was selection for the main German film prize Lola at Berlinale.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    English, Arabic
  • Country
  • Director
    Marco Wilms
  • Screenwriter
    Marco Wilms
  • Producer
    Marco Wilms, Marlen Burghardt
  • Executive Producer
    Marlen Burghardt
  • Cast
    Ammar Abo Bakr, Ganzeer, Hamed Abdel-Samad, Ramy Essam, Bosaina, Mohammed Khaled, Alaa Awad, Ahmed Nage Saad, Abdo El Amir
  • Cinematographer
    Marco Wilms, Abdo El Amir, Emanuele
  • Editor
    Stephen Talneau
  • Sound Design
    Max Hussel
  • Music
    Moritz Denis, Eike Hosenfeld, Tim Stanzel