Rio Film Festival to feature Arab movies

09 de outubro de 2017

São Paulo – Seven Arab productions, some standalone and some made in partnership with other countries, are featured in the 19th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival taking place in Rio de Janeiro until next Sunday (15).

The Festival features award-winning movies like the Syrian-made documentary Last Men in Aleppo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, United States, and Lebanon’s Insyriated, the winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Last Men in Aleppo, directed by Syria’s Firas Fayyad, depicts the lives of three members of the White Helmets, a civil society organization that works to save as many people from the constant shelling in Aleppo, one of the worst-hit cities by the war in Syria.

In another take on the Syrian conflict, the French-Belgian production Insyriated tells the story of Oum Yazan, a woman who tries to protect her family from war in Damascus by locking everybody inside her home.

The Lebanese animated short film Sorry I Drowned, a coproduction with Médecins Sans Frontières, is inspired by a letter purportedly found on the body of a drowning victim in the Mediterranean Sea that was trying to flee the fighting.

Two Algerian productions are featured: Merzak Allouache’s documentary Investigating Paradise, and Karim Moussaoui’s Until the Birds Return, which tells the story of three generations of a family in Algeria. The program also includes They, a Qatari coproduction, and Los Territorios, a Palestinian documentary made in partnership with Brazil and Argentina.

The Arab movies are being shown throughout the eleven days of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, which opened last Thursday (5). For dates and hours, please refer to the festival’s website. Over 250 movies are featured this year.

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Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
October 5 to 15
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*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum