This summer, NYU Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Film Festival will be hosting Summer Screenings at the NYUAD Downtown Campus in Abu Dhabi focusing on films from Morocco, India and Iran. The film series kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday 11th July with two films from Morocco.
Salam Ghourba (Farewell Exile)
Director: Lamia Alami | Morocco | 2011 | 15 mins | Arabic w/ English subtitles
Winner of Best Film from the Arab World in Short Film Competition at ADFF 2011
In an underprivileged Moroccan neighborhood, Fatima is waiting to join her husband who migrated to France. Will the husband's letter potentially secure a brighter future for her and her son, 10 or will she have to make a crucial sacrifice?
Les Hommes Libres (Free Men)
Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi | France, Morocco | 2011 | 99 mins | French, Arabic w/ English subtitles
Winner of Best Director from the Arab World in Narrative Competition at ADFF 2011
Younes, a young Algerian immigrant in Nazi-occupied Paris, is arrested by the French police and forced to infiltrate the Grand Mosque of Paris. Collaborationist French authorities suspect the mosque's founder of issuing forged documents to Jews and members of the Resistance. Within the cloistered world of the mosque garden, Younes befriends the mesmerizing singer Salim Halali, who is Jewish. As persecution increases, Younes takes up the fight for freedom and joins the ranks of the Resistance.