Arab Film Fest Tulsa – presented by Mizna, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Circle Cinema
2pm: Filmmaker Focus: Darine Hotait
Explore the short films of award-winning director Darine Hotait at a special Filmmaker Focus program. Following the films, Darine will join Circle Cinema via zoom for a live virtual chat to discuss her work, share insights, and take questions.
Based in New York, Darine Hotait is an American Lebanese writer and film director of a dozen award-winning narrative short films. Her work focuses on the politics of identity, Arab & African diaspora, science fiction, and magical realism.
The program will include her newest short, Tallahassee. The 22-minute drama is the portrayal of a young woman’s re-entry into the world, a meditation on the enormous task of life after grief. Framed in the context of diaspora, this film grants a glimpse into the struggles of mental illness, an issue often silenced and pathologized in Arab culture. Watch the trailer here.
4pm: Closing reception at Circle Cinema
Between the two programs on Sunday, enjoy a special reception to close the festival! Tickets to either of the films on Sunday will include admission to the reception after the Darine Hotait program and before 1982. There will be locally made food from Arab restaurants, special visiting Mizna staff, and more as we celebrate the first Arab Film Fest Tulsa.
Drama | 100min | Dir. Oualid Mouaness | Lebanon
During the 1982 invasion of Lebanon at a private school on the outskirts of Beirut, 11-year-old Wissam tries to tell a classmate about his crush on her, while his teachers on different sides of the political divide, try to mask their fears.
Click here to buy an all-access festival pass – $30, includes choice of Mizna item (while supplies last – mug, tote, or shirt), admission to all six programs with priority seating, and VIP lanyard. Must arrive 15 minutes before listed showtime for priority seating. VIP passes are only available until before Wed Oct 20 – get yours today!
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