The Arab Film Festival 2013

By June 14, 2013 Events

The Arab Film Festival Australia is pleased to announce that Director of opening night film After the Battle, Yousry Nasrallah, will be flying in from Cairo to present the Australian Premiere of his film at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta on 27th June 2013.

The festival opening night will feature the Australian premiere of the Egyptian film, After the Battle by renowned director, Yousry Nasrallah. This exploration of the aftermath of the Battle of the Camels in 2011 in which the Egyptian government carried out attacks on protesters reacting to the announcement that Mubarak would not be leaving Egypt. The film follows the storylines of three characters in different class situations, and Nasrallah’s work often deals with leftism, fundamentalism and ex-patriation. This film explores some controversial and dark ideas within its stunning, poetic style. Born 1952 in Cairo, Yousry Nasrallah studied economics and political science, before working as a journalist in Lebanon. In 1999 his film El Madina was awarded the Special Jury Prize in Locarno Film Festival. In 2004, his film The Gate of Sun (Bab El Chams), taken from Elias Khoury’s novel, was selected for Cannes. In 2012 After the Battle was also selected for the Cannes Film Festival.

Yousry Nasrallah will also participate in a forum about Arab Men in film and how they are represented on our screens, joined by panel members Dr Ghassan Hage (Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne) and Mehal Krayem (Writer, Researcher and PhD Candidate at University of Technology, Sydney).

The forum will be chaired by Dr Paula Abood Festival Committee Member and Community Cultural Development Worker and take place at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta at 2pm on Sunday 30th June 2013.