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Catch it all at Cinema Nova
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Cinema Nova- 380 Lygon street, Carlton will be hosting the Arab Film Festival from 21 to 23 August 2015. This year's program reflects unique stories and showcases some of the most exciting films from the Arab world. There's comedy, adventure, documentary and a great selection of shorts from Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. You can buy your tickets through the Cinema Nova website.

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Top: Ghadi & Man in the Mirror

The opening night film Ghadi deals with issues of disability in a small neighbourhood of a traditional Lebanese coastal town. It's about a music teacher who is married to his childhood sweetheart. When their 3rd child, a son is born, he is a special needs child. Unable to understand his condition, the townspeople call him a demon and work towards evicting the family from the town. This leaves the family and the few friends who support them with a challenge to figure out a way to convince the town to change their mind about their son.

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Top: Sands of Babylon & Hassan in Wonderland

You'll find the solution genius, heartwarming and redemptive, so make sure you don't miss this 100 minute long Australian Premiere directed by celebrated director and visual artist, Amin Dora. This film is accompanied by a 7 minute short called Man in the Mirror directed by Ali Mousawi. This short covers the tale of 16 year old Arabic speaking Iranian asylum seeker Abbas who impersonates the iconic King of Pop Michael Jackson as a way of dealing with the emotional state of being a lonely young refugee.

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Top: Cairo Time & 130km to Heaven

Cinema Nova is also screening: -

In the Sands of Babylon, a 92 minute long docu/drama having its Australian Premiere. It screens with the 8 minute 30 second short Hassan in Wonderland.
Cairo Time, a 110 minute long Australian Premiere that's screening with 130km to Heaven, a 13 minute short making its Australian Premiere also.
From A to B, a 108 minute long Australian Premiere screening together with Lovers, a 12 minute short.


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Top: From A to B and Lovers

The only ones Melbourne is missing out on is the 100 minute long Theeb and the 80 minute long Speed Sisters which is screening with the 15 minute short 'Cotton'. Check out the website for more details. Subscribe to them for continued awareness of upcoming events or you could become their Habibi to donate to the Arab Film Festival.

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Why? The Arab Film Festival 2015
When: 21 to 23 August 2015
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon street, Carlton, VIC
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