Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

22nd Arabian Sights Film Festival

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

22nd Arabian Sights Film Festival

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For the 22nd year, the Arabian Sights Film Festival provided Washington, DC audiences with entertaining and provocative contemporary films from the Arab world. Under the umbrella of the Washington, DC International Film Festival, Arabian Sights was presented by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

"Solitaire," a heartwarming socially insightful comedy directed by Sophie Boutros (Lebanon/Jordan/Egypt), received the Audience Award.

"Foreign Body," co-presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia and the Middle East Institute, was awarded the Cultural Ambassador Prize, sponsored by The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. This fourth feature film by Tunisian director and writer Raja Amari explores the life of a young woman struggling to find her way in the new reality of life after the Tunisian revolution. "The past few years the Tunisian cinema has been experiencing a new dynamic characterized by more freedom in the choice of topics," Hanene Tajouri Bessassi, Minister Plenipotentiary Hors Classe, told the audience prior to the Oct. …

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