Middle Eastern Focus

Blush

Tuesday, November 8 at 5:00pm
Sunday, November 13 at 1:30pm

Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon), a high-school student living outside of Tel Aviv, has a difficult family life. Her overbearing father has a hair-trigger temper and rails incessantly about the Palestinians, and her mother obsesses about older sister Liora, a soldier who... Read more

Doc Shorts: Humans of Syria

Tuesday, November 8 at 5:00pm

Fatima

Friday, November 4 at 4:15pm
Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm

Winner of last year’s César Award as best film, “Fatima” is one of recent French cinema's most trenchant and moving portraits of the immigrant experience, offering a patient, reflective study of a woman pressured by her children and neighbors to assimilate into a... Read more

The Half

Friday, November 11 at 5:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 9:30pm

After her father’s death, young Azar moves out on her own after her mother remarries. Her stepfather, a drug addict, shows clear abusive tendencies, and Azar realizes she’ll be under threat as long as she remains in the house. But when her new accommodations are... Read more

Kapo in Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Friday, November 11 at 2:30pm

In 1946, a pair of Auschwitz survivors — physician Bruno and pianist Sarah — arrives in Jerusalem, a city under siege as Zionists begin the war for Israel’s independence. As the couple attempts to rehabilitate their lives, a rumor spreads that Bruno was a sadistic... Read more

The Peacemaker

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

This inspiring documentary profiles international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film captures Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Mass., and follows him over five years to some of the most... Read more

The Rendezvous

Friday, November 11 at 7:15pm

The Jordan-shot “The Rendezvous” places a developing romance between Jewish-American doctor Rachel (Stana Katic of “Castle”) and Arab-American government bureaucrat Jake (Raza Jeffrey of “Homeland”) against a vivid backdrop of intrigue and adventure. After Rachel'... Read more

The Star of Algiers

Wednesday, November 9 at 9:15pm

“The Star of Algiers,” a sexy, smoky, jazz-filled film feast, is the latest from Algerian director Rachid Benhadj. Moussa is a musician who dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Algiers. Displaying equal measures of talent and energy, Moussa pursues this... Read more

Two

Sunday, November 6 at 6:00pm
Monday, November 7 at 9:30pm

The directorial debut of Iranian actress Soheila Golestani, the quietly powerful “Two” is loosely adapted from American author Bernard Malamud’s short story “Maid’s Shoes.” Pari (Mahtab Nasirpour), a lonely, middle-aged chambermaid, is hired by visiting expat... Read more