Guests at Arab Film Days 2019

 Sarah Perles

Sarah Perles is a Moroccan-Portuguese actress, born in Paris. She spent her childhood in Morocco, her adolence in Spain, and was educated at the prestigious Drama College Les Cours Florent in Paris. She has acted in numerous films and TV-series and starred in the Moroccan feature film Burnout by Nour-Eddine Lakhmari in 2016. Perles visits the festival with the opening film Sofia by Meryem Benm´Barek-Aloïsi.   

March 20 at 6.00 pm and March 21 8.30: Q&A with Sarah Perles after the screening of Sofia. Buy tickets to the film March 20 here or for March 21 here.

Muayad Alayan
 

 

Muayad Alayan (1984) is a Palestinian director and cinematographer based in Jerusalem. He studied film in San Francisco and has made several short films. His feature film debut Love, Theft and Other Entanglements premiered at the Berlinale in 2015. His last film The Reports on Sarah and Saleem has won awards at film festivals such as Hamburg and Dubai.

 March 21 5.30 pm and March 22 8.30 pm: Q&A with Muyad Alayan after the screening of The Reports on Sarah and Saleem. Buy tickets to the film March 21 here or March 22 here

 

AB Shawky

Abu Bakr Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker who has studied Political Science in Cairo and filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Yomeddine, his graduate film, had its world premiere in Cannes last year as a contribution to the main contest were the film received the Francois Chalais-award. In addition, Yomeddine was Egypts contribution for the the Oscars in 2018. Shawky award-winning short films The Colony, Martyr Friday and Things I Heard on Wednesdays have been screened at festivals around the world.

March 21 at 8.45 pm, March 22 at 8.15 pm and March 23 4.15 pm: Q&A with Abu Bakr Shawky after the screening of Yomeddine. Buy tickets to the film March 21 here, March 22 here and March 23 here

Dina Emam

 

 

Dina Emam is an Egyptian-American film producer. She got her education at Columbia University in New York. Emam has worked on numerous award-winning short films that have screened in over 20 festivals around the world and worked as the Assistant Artistic Director for the 36th Cairo International Film Festival. Yomeddine is her first feature film and she was named one of “10 Producers to Watch in 2018” by Variety.  

March 21 at 8.45 pm, March 22 at 8.15 pm and March 23 4.15 pm: Q&A with Dina Emam after the screening of Yomeddine. Buy tickets to the film March 21 here, March 22 here and March 23 here

 

 

 

 Ghiath Ayoub

Ghiath Ayoub is a syrian artist who has studied at the faculty of Fine Art at the University of Damascus. He has worked as a director, producer, with documentary and as a sound engineer on numerous projects in Syria and Lebanon. Ayoub has worked with local and international NGOs, teaching visual communication and art therapy to refugee children in Lebanon. The documentary Still Recording is a cooperation together with Saeed Al Batal. The two are as well a part of Humans of Syria, a photo collective. 

March 22 at 5.30 pm: Q&A with Ghiat Ayoub after the screening of Still Recording. Buy tickets here. March 23 at 4 pm: panel conversation with Ayoub. Find more information on the event page. Buy tickets to the film here

 Dalia Kury by Stephen Freiheit

Dalia Kury was born in Jordan, studied documentary filmmaking at Goldsmiths University in London, and now lives in Oslo. Her award-winning films deal with the Arab identity and emerging cultural phenomena in the Arab world. Her latest feature film Possessed by Djinn was screened at Arab Film Days in 2016. Her latest film Privacy of Wounds is produced by Norwegian UpNorth Film and premiered at IDFA in 2018. It has been nominated for awards at both IDFA and at the international film festivals in Tromsø and Gøteborg. 

Q&A with director Dalia Kury after the screening of Privacy of Wounds March 24 at 6.45 pm. Buy tickets to the film here

Mats Grorud 

 

Mats Grorud is a Norwegian director and animator. He studied at the Community College in Volda, in addition to studies in Denmark, Beirut and Beijing. Grorud previously directed the animated short films JuleNilssen and Min bestemor Beijing, and runs his own animation firm, Nubbsjangs Productions. The Tower premiered at the prestigious Annecy animation film festival in 2018.

 

Q&A with director Mats Grorud after the screening of The Tower at March 20 at 8.15 pm. Buy tickets to the film here

 

 Thee Yezen Al-Obaide

Thee Yezen Al-Obaide is born and raised in Iraq and moved to Kristiansand with his family as a 17-year-old. He is a freelancer and activist and directed the documentary short The Future of Iraq in 2018. He is also the leader of Salam, a voluntary organization promoting an inclusive and safe environment for LGBTQI with a Muslim background in Norway. 

 It will be held a panel conversation March 22 at 6 pm with Thee Yezen Al-Obaide after the screening of The Future of Iraq. Find more information on the event page. Buy tickets here

 

Itab Azzam is a London-based Syrian filmmaker who has worked with several TV documentaries and recently won a BAFTA award for the BBC series Exodus: Our Journey to Europe. She produced the theatre piece Antigone of Syria, which is the subject of We Are Not Princesses. 

Q&A with Itab Azzan after the screening of We Are Not Princesses March 23 at 9 pm. Buy tickets here.

Q&A with Itab Azzan after the screening of We Are Not Princesses March 24 at 4.15 pm. Buy tickets here. 

 

Hal Scardino is an American actor and producer. He is known for his roles in films like The Indian in the Cupboard and Marvin's Room. He is the producer of We Are Not Princesses. 

Q&A with Hal Scardino after the screening of We Are Not Princesses March 23 at 9 pm. Buy tickets here.

Q&A with Hal Scardino after the screening of We Are Not Princesses March 24 at 4.15 pm. Buy tickets here.