The Calgary Arab Art and Culture Society has pulled out all the stops in celebration of its fifth year of the Arab Nights Film Festival.

“As always, we are very excited about the rapidly approaching Arab Film Nights 2016,” says Executive Director Moness Rizkalla. “The films that we selected to screen this year perfectly match the festival’s objectives and what our dedicated festival goers look for, which is to show everyday life in, and the diversity across, the Arab world.

This year’s festival includes the second consecutive year of the Canadian Eye on the Arab World night May 11 featuring two National Film Board of Canada films: Edmonton director Nisreen Baker's Things Arab Men Say and Grassroots in Drylands. '

“The weekend’s film program will have something for every taste, from documentaries like the sociopolitical Tickling Giants, and features ranging from the comedic to the very serious,” adds Rizkalla. 

Special guests this year include Baker, and star Zeid Hamdan of documentary Yallah Underground. Hamdan is representing two films as he was also the composer for Sunday's closing film Barakah Meets Barakah. Tickling Giants Bassem Yousef will also be available for a video Q&A session on May 12.

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The Calgary Arab Art & Culture Society is a not-for-profit society made up of progressive Arab-Canadian professionals, business people and friends. The Society’s goal is to share with Calgarians a fuller, more realistic, side to life in the Arab world. The Society’s activities include wide range of cultural events.


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