Middle East Film Festival


OCT. 28-NOV. 13

Florida State University’s Middle East Center and Askew Student Life Center are teaming up for the 10th year to recognize, present and discuss a variety of films from across the Middle East. Lebanon, Egypt, Kurdistan, Israel, Iran, Lebanon and Syria are all represented in this year’s Middle East Film Festival, with titles extending until Nov. 13.

All films are free to the general public, and several are showing for the very first time in Tallahassee.

The remaining films are as follows:

  • “Zer” (Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.), a production of Turkey and Kurdistan, is the story of a song whispered in Jan’s ear on his grandmother’s deathbed. A survivor of the Dersim Massacre, Zarife had hidden her identity and her past in her memory of this song. Raised in New York City, Jan begins a journey through Kurdistan, searching for his grandother’s past and his own self.
  • This is Home” (Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.) tackles the struggle of Syrian refugees who were forced to leave their homes and start anew in a foreign land. This timely documentary depicts a journey that none of us would wish to undertake. A Q&A will follow.
  • Female power, sisterhood, rebellion are some of the characteristics seen in “In Between” (Tuesday, Nov. 13, The film addresses the struggle of Palestinian women living in Israel. It tackles traditions and patriarchy in Palestinian society and freedom and discrimination in Israel.

For more information, email Zeina Schlenoff, director of the Middle East Center, at zschlenoff@fsu.edu.

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