The five-week programme is a reflection of the wide range of work AFAC has supported over the last 15 years.
Lebanese writer, director and producer Mohamed Soueid has selected 15 AFAC-supported films that will be exhibited on the Aflamuna streaming platform for the entire month of May.
Soueid, who is deeply devoted to the cinema and its accoutrements, has chosen 15 fiction and documentary films for this programme, one for each year.
“I chose my list of films with my heart. There is no reason for them other than my bias toward the cinema of the second age and my hope for a new spirit that would correct my relationship with a past that I took part in producing, and perhaps in its downfall, it would help me to continue on. That the director practices his subjectivity and affirms his individuality does not mean an overall break, as he remains, more than ever, diligently in search of himself and his own narrative. This doesn’t affect his vision of a reality shared with others. The difference is “that I work for them and not with them,” as Youssef Chahine once said”, stated Soueid in an essay accompanying his curation.
The five-week programme spans geographies, genres and themes; a true reflection of the diversity of works supported by AFAC over the last 15 years.
The films include Erased, ___Ascent of the Invisible by Ghassan Halwani (Lebanon), Amal Ramsis’s You Come from Far Away (Egypt), Amal’s Garden by Nadia Shihab (Iraq), 74 (The reconstitution of a struggle) by Rania and Raed Rafei (Lebanon), Crossing the Seventh Gate by Ali Essafi (Morocco), A Drowning Man by Mahdi Fleifel (Palestine), Roshmia by Salim Abu Jabal (Palestine), Coming Forth by Day by Hala Lotfy (Egypt), Waves’ 98 by Ely Dagher (Lebanon), Mais Darwazah’s My Love Awaits Me by the Sea (Palestine), You Will Die at Twenty by Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan), It Was Better Tomorrow by Hinde Boujemaa (Tunisia), Tadmor by Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim (Lebanon), Atlal by Djamel Kerkar (Algeria), and Hinde Boujemaa’s And Romeo Married Juliet (Tunisia).