The Middle East Now Film Festival (MEN) will be returning this week, April 4th to 9th, for its 7th annual celebration of Middle Eastern and North African cinema, art, and culture this April. Taking place at the new Compagnia Theater in downtown Florence, the festival will investigate the theme of the Urban Middle East.
This year’s festival looks at the city as a metaphor for life. Cities are inherently cultural hubs, where people from all backgrounds and experiences come to create and share with others. MEN uses the city as a vehicle to understand in a fuller sense what constitutes the contemporary Middle East.
MEN will be bringing in documentary, narrative, and animated films from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and Yemen.
Outside of film, artists of all types including, musicians, chefs, and other contributors of culture will look at the varying breadth of what constitutes the urban Middle East. This diverse collection of art will help facilitate a dialogue on the contemporary Urban Middle Eastern identity.
In addition to the festival screenings and prizes, MEN will also have an array of special events. This includes a screening of “The Last Man in Aleppo”, a Sundance award winning documentary about the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, a special feature on Female Directors in the Middle East, photography by Tasneem Alsultan, and cooking classes in contemporary Iranian Food from Philip Juma of Juma Kitchen.
We look forward to seeing you April 4th – 9th! NYU Florence students will be jurying the “NYU Best Short Film” prize and presenting the award at the closing ceremony on April 9th, come show your support!
If you would like more information about the festival contact Kira (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is interning at the festival this semester.