Monthly Film Festival

December 10, 2021 12:00pm PST - December 11, 2021 09:00pm PST

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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with presenting partners the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York) co-host a virtual edition of the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema program. The weekend will showcase an international lineup of films by talented emerging filmmakers across three short film programs, as well as writer-director Susan Youssef feature narrative Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf. This event will include virtual screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and industry panels.

The weekend will feature a lineup of stand-out films by emerging talent, with filmmakers and stories from the Netherlands, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, France, Belgium, Canada and the United States.

The weekend’s film programming begins on Friday night with a screening of Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, writer-director Susan Youssef’s sophomore feature,  which tackles the layers of impact of of post- 9/11 discrimination against Arab and Muslim Americans on the life of her driven teenage  Muslim protagonist in the mid-2000’s.

The program continues on Saturday with InFocus: Dutch Cinema, a compelling and thoughtful collection of exciting work from up-and-coming Dutch short film directors curated in partnership with SEE NL. This year’s selection dives deeply into themes of loss and resilience, and includes the US premiere of the latest work by NFMLA alum Thessa Meijer, whose last film was the Dutch submission to the 2020 Academy Awards, as well as the North American premiere of new work by 2006 Dutch Academy Award entry director Remco Polman.

Next in the day’s line-up is InFocus: Arab Cinema, an exciting program of short films curated in partnership with the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) that showcases Arab storytellers from across the world, featuring vivid stories of personal struggle, familial bonds, emigration and profound loss. The selection includes both this year’s Saudi Film Festival Winner, Egg Rebelled by Sultan Rabea, as well as celebrated new work by student BAFTA shortlisted director Ramiel Petros.

The night concludes with InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema,  a selection of short films from Middle Eastern filmmakers who have made their work all over the world – the UAE, Jordan, Iran  – as well as in the US. They tell deeply meaningful stories of reconnection, generational strife, the horrors of war, and the human impact of the pandemic. The block includes the Tribeca award-winning short Layak, by co-directors Scott Aharoni and Dennis Latos.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year, across both our general and InFocus programming. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects for consideration for upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the schedule for InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region by spotlighting  communities of filmmakers within our filmmaking community as part of our monthly program.

Schedule Details

Friday, December 10th

InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema Program Feature – Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Saturday, December 11th

InFocus: Dutch Cinema Program
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Audience Q&A

InFocus: Arab Cinema Program
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A

InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

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InFocus: Dutch Cinema Program
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F*ck my life

Dir. Isis Cabolet, Writ. Isis Cabolet & Prod. Rachel van Bommel, Suzan de Swaan
7 Mins | Netherlands
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Nervosa

Dir. Thessa Meijer, Writ. Thessa Meijer & Prod. Julia Rombout, Reinier Selen
13 Mins | Netherlands
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A Holiday From Mourning

Dir. Zara Dwinger
15 Mins | Netherlands
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Mustachio

Dir. Victoria Warmerdam
11 Mins | Netherlands
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Why Didn’t You Stay For Me?

Dir. Milou Gevers
25 Mins | Netherlands
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Camouflage

Dir. Remco Polman, Writ. Jantiene de Kroon & Prod. Jantien de Kroon, Annemie Degryse
20 Mins | Netherlands, Belgium
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Marlon Brando

Dir. Vincent Tilanus, Writ. Vincent Tilanus
20 Mins | Netherlands
InFocus: Arab Cinema Program
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Egg Rebelled

Dir. Sultan Rabea, Writ. Sultan Rabea, Majed AL Turki & Prod. Sultan Rabea
5 Mins | Saudi Arabia
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Borekas

Dir. Saleh Saadi, Writ. Saleh Saadi & Prod. Saleh Saadi
15 Mins | Palestine
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The Departure

Dir. Said Hamich
25 Mins | Morocco
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Beity

Dir. Isabell Mecattaf
15 Mins | Lebanon
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Pause

Dir. Tamer Shaaban, Writ. Tamer Shaaban & Prod. Zeiad Hany, Amr Medhat
8 Mins | Egypt
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Coming Soon

The Black Veil

Dir. A.J. Al-Thani
17 Mins | Qatar
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Mariam

Dir. & Writ. Reem Jubran
11 Mins | USA
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Aziz

Dir. Ramiel Petros
14 Mins | USA
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InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
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When We Were Pirates

Dir. Fatima Abdulaziz Alshamsi, Writ. Fatima Abdulaziz Alshamsi & Prod. Aishwarya Haldankar
10 Mins | United States of America, United Arab Emirates
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Coming Soon

Hello Mother

Dir. Natalie Shirinian, Writ. Natalie Shirinian & Prod. Dylan Bell, Elizabeth Baudouin, Rebecca Walsh
12 Mins | USA
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Coming Soon

Incurable

Dir. Bahare Nikjoo, Writ. Bahare Nikjoo & Prod. Mohammad Ali Hoor
17 Mins | Iran
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Selahy (My Weapon)

Dir. Alaa Zabara, Writ. Alaa Zabara & Prod. Pierre Bagley
14 Mins | Jordan, USA
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Over My Dead Body

Dir. Meital Cohen Navarro, Writ. Meital Cohen Navarro & Prod. Meital Cohen Navarro
25 Mins | USA
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Leylak

Dir. Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos, Writ. Mustafa Kaymak & Prod. Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos, Mustafa Kaymak
17 Mins | USA
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