March 16, 2020, 11:30am
Film Festival | Middle East Film Festival 2020
Location: 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall | 3340 Walnut St, Penn Campus

Penn Middle East Center, in collaboration with Cinema & Media Studies, Jewish Studies, and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, is pleased to present the 2020 edition of New Middle East Cinema.

The festival is free-admission and open to all.
All movies with English subtitles.


Monday 16 March @ 6:30pm | Syria | Presenter, Huda J. Fakhreddine and Rim Bakir

For Sama

Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 2019, 1h 40min
For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Tuesday 17 March @ 6:30pm | Israel, Presenter, Nili Gold and Avi Nesher

The Other Story 
(Director Avi Nesher in person!)
Avi Nesher, 2019, 1h 52min
Two rebellious young women cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences.
Avi Nesher will hold a Master Class @ 5-6:30pm in 401 Fisher-Bennet Hall, same location of the screening.


Wednesday 18 March @ 6:30pm | Iran | Presenter, Mahyar Entezari

Kamal Tabrizi, 2018, 1h 28min
Ghodrat Samadi wants to become a member of parliament, but he has a reputation for recklessness and taking arbitrary action.


Thursday 19 March @ 6:30pm | Turkey | Presenter, Feride Hatiboglu & Yasemin Celikkol


Guillaume Giovanetti & Çagla Zencirci, 2018, 1h 35min
Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language

Friday 20 March @ 6:30pm | Palestine | Presenter, Ibrahim Miari and Sameh Zoabi

Tel Aviv on Fire 
(Director Sameh Zoabi in person!)
Sameh Zoabi, 2018, 1h 40min
Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier.

Middle East Center, Cinema Studies Program, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department, Jewish Studies Program