ALFILM will screen a selection of feature films, documentaries, and short films from the Arab world exploring political and social issues, migration, as well as personal crises.
Arab Film Festival Berlin (ALFILM) has announced the dates of its 13th edition, scheduled to take place from April 20-26, 2022, in Berlin.
ALFILM will present more than 45 feature fictions, documentaries, shorts and animation films in its three sections: ALFILM Selection, ALFILM Spotlight, ALFILM Atelier.
It is the main cultural event in Germany providing a platform to the diverse Arab cinema. The festival focuses on artistically and thematically outstanding films from the Arab World and its diaspora.
The Egyptian fiction film Feathers will kick off the festival in Kino Arsenal on April 20.
ALFILM Selection will present film productions from the past two years that provide audiences with an insight into the cultural diversity of the Arab world, from Somalia to Morocco, and from Yemen to Palestine. The films will offer a critical view of current political and social issues, raising questions about identity, migration, social deficiencies and personal crisis.
On April 21, the Lebanese fiction film Memory Box will open the ALFILM Spotlight, entitled From Civil War to Chaos: A Tribute to Filmic Resistance, which takes place under the patronage of Volker Schlöndorff, and is dedicated to Lebanon. This curated film programme draws particular attention to the abuses and mismanagements that led to the current crisis in Lebanon through the lens of the filmmakers who creatively take their destiny into their own hands, transforming trauma and experiences into films and thus actively shaping resistance.
The ALFILM Atelier, the new pillar of the festival, is dedicated to the Arab diaspora. Selected filmmakers who live in exile in Berlin and Germany are invited to reflect and analyse issues related to identity, belonging, film language, equal opportunities, production possibilities and film funding. The ALFILM shorts programme ‘Arab Films from the Diaspora’ will introduce works from diaspora filmmakers.
Following the screenings, several filmmakers will take part in discussions with the audience. Three panels discussion and a master class take place during the event.