Italy / 6th Middle East Now Festival

middle-east-now2015The sixth Middle East Now, a festival for film, documentary, visual arts, music, culinary events and discussions focussed on today’s Middle East, is back in Florence from April 8th to 13th. This year’s theme: the journey.
45 films from established directors and new talent in the Middle East will be screened, most of them shown for the first time in Italy. The festival will present Turkish films, with a focus on the work of a young Turkish woman director Emine Emel Balci. She will present her first feature film, “Until I Lose My Breath” (2015), and her documentary “Ich Liebe Dich” (2012) which has won several awards, including the Best First Film Award at the CMCA’s 2013 PriMed. The section looking at filmed journeys will include a series to stimulate focus and reflection, with documentaries about Syria, Palestine, Morocco – and a look at young film-makers from the UAE.
A tribute will be paid to the Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya.
A series of events will be organized in the town: meetings with film-makers and special guests, discussions with Middle Eastern experts, performances and tasting of Middle Eastern food.



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