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.
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.
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.