The festival opened with the Palestinian-Tunisian film 'Alam,' directed by Firas Khoury.
MAD Solutions has sent nine films from its distribution slate to screen at the ninth edition of the Tripoli Film Festival (TFF), taking place at the Azm Cultural Center in Beit El Fan-Mina, Tripoli, Lebanon, running until September 28.
MAD Solutions’ lineup comprises nine films of various formats, all competing in their respective categories for Best Feature, Documentary, and Short. The lineup includes Alam, Nezouh, Under The Fig Trees, Rat Hole, For My Country, The Island of Forgiveness, Far From the Nile, Flesh and Blood, and Light Upon Light.
Kicking off the festival’s MAD lineup was the Palestinian-Tunisian drama feature, Alam, directed by Firas Khoury and featuring Mahmood Bakri, Sereen Khass, Saleh Bakri, and Mohammad Karaki. The film, which tells the story of Palestinian teenager Tamer, served as the festival’s opening film and was screened on Thursday, September 21.
Following Alam, MAD Solutions presents Nezouh, a Syrian drama directed by Soudade Kaadan, who also co-produced the film with Yu-Fai Suen. The film stars renowned Syrian actress Kinda Alloush, Samir Al-Masri, Hala Zein, and Nizar Alani. Nezouh will be screened on Saturday, September 23rd at 8 pm.
Erige Sehiri’s Under The Fig Trees, the third film in MAD’s lineup, is a drama co-written by Ghalya Lacroix and Peggy Hamann, starring Fide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, and Abdelhak Mrabti. Audiences can catch this film on Friday, September 22nd at 8 pm.
Egyptian drama Rat Hole, the fourth entry in MAD’s selection, is a feature written, directed, and produced by Mohamed El-Samman. The film features Nogoum FM’s Rana Khattab, Mohamed Yorka, Kamal El-Asnawy, and Hanan Helmy and will be screened on Sunday, September 24 at 8 pm.
Far From the Nile, an Egyptian musical documentary directed and co-produced by Sherief Elkatsha, takes viewers on a musical journey, uniting 12 musicians from seven countries along the Nile. The film features artists from Egypt, Uganda, Eritrea, Sudan, Nubia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Burundi, including Mohamed Abozekry, Michael Bazibu, Nader Elshaer, Ibrahim Fanous, and others. Audiences can watch this documentary on Saturday, September 23rd at 8 pm.
Rachid Hami’s Algerian-French drama, For My Country, starring Karim Leklou, Shaïn Boumedine, Hugo Becker, Lubna Azabal, and Samir Guesmi, will grace the festival screens on Saturday, September 23rd at 6 pm.
Tunisian drama The Island of Forgiveness, directed by Ridha Behi and seen through the eyes of a child named Andrea, is a heart-wrenching tale that will be presented on Monday, September 25th at 8 pm.
MAD Solutions’ eighth entry, Light Upon Light, is a Danish-Egyptian documentary featuring Aya El-Hosseiny, Sonia Hassan, Maher Al-Sharnouby, and Magda Habshey. This documentary will be screened on Tuesday, September 26th at 6 pm.
Closing out MAD’s lineup is the Tunisian short film, Flesh and Blood, written and directed by Inès Arsi, and produced by Tunisian filmmaker Mehdi Hmili. This short will be part of Shorts Programme 3 and will be shown on Wednesday, September 27th at 8 pm.
The Tripoli Film Festival, a cinematic event aimed at promoting the local cultural environment and fostering tourism in the city, is supported by the SEE-Change Programme organised by COSV, the European Community, and the Cultural Affairs Department of the US Embassy in Lebanon.