SPAIN / A window on Mediterranean cinema at Valencia

The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (MCAF) has just launched “Cinema Mediterrani als Arago” in Valencia (Spain), a monthly opportunity to view films produced in the Mediterranean.

In cooperation with the Cinema Arago, the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani (Valencia Mediterranean Film Festival), the Tres Culturas del Mediterraneo foundation and the Casa Árabe, the MCAF will screen a previously unseen film on the last Wednesday of every month. Each screening will be accompanied by a discussion with the director and experts.

To start the programme, Algerian director Karim Traïdi came on May 31st to present his film “Chronicle of my village”, a drama-film seeing the Algerian War of Independence through the eyes of a child.

The programme for the next two screenings has already been decided. On June 28th ACM will show “Behind the Wall”, a documentary about the difficulties of accessing education in Palestine. On July 26th, there will be a drama film: “Halal love”, a Lebanese comedy directed by Assad Fouladkar, which interweaves four stories about love and desire in the Muslim world.

The MCAF is a network of organizations, associations, institutions and citizens all active in promoting dialogue, exchanging ideas and citizen actions across the Mediterranean region. With “Cinema Mediterrani als Arago” it wants to highlight productions which “establish cultural links and show the Mediterranean’s diversity,” explains Samuel Sebastian, chief programmer.

Cinema Mediterrani als Arago, last Wednesday of every month – Cinéma Arago, Avinguda del Port 1, 46021 Valence – Tickets: €3,50.

Sources: Fondation ACM, 20minutos


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