Middle Eastern Focus

8 Borders, 8 Days

Saturday, November 11 at 2:15pm

“8 Borders, 8 Days” chronicles one woman’s personal revolution in the context of one of the greatest human-rights crises of our time. Sham, a Syrian single mother, serves as moving proof of the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With... Read more

Clash

Monday, November 6 at 2:25pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 9:00pm

Set entirely within the confines of a police van, “Clash” — which premiered at Cannes as part of the Un Certain Regard section — dramatizes the ongoing political unrest in Egypt two years after the Arab Spring. It’s 2013 and mass protests have led to the ouster of... Read more

Cries from Syria

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Cries from Syria” is a cinematic monument and tribute to the Syrian people, whose bravery is an inspiration for all humanity. Five years ago, the Syrian people — inspired by events in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt — rose up against the dictatorial rule of President... Read more

The Field

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm

Near the West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction — between Jerusalem and Hevron — Ali Abu Awwad dedicates his family’s field as a Palestinian Center for Non-Violence. Despite a life filled with pain and conflict — his four years in an Israeli prison, his drive-by... Read more

In Between

Monday, November 6 at 7:05pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:05pm

Lalia (Mouna Hawa), Salma (Sana Jammelieh), and Nur (Shaden Kanboura) share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued... Read more

Intent to Destroy

Sunday, November 12 at 7:00pm

Pulling back the curtain on mass-murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, “Intent to Destroy” embeds with a feature-film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian genocide and the... Read more

Mawlana (The Preacher)

Friday, November 3 at 5:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:15pm

A charismatic young sheikh moves from leading prayers in a governmental mosque to becoming a TV celebrity. Deviating from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism, Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) issues fatwas that are accepted by... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Girl's Life

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
They may be young, but they are worldly.

Narrative Shorts: I Do

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm
This program has marriage as a key feature — or a major stumbling block.

The Nile Hilton Incident

Friday, November 10 at 3:10pm
Saturday, November 11 at 9:00pm

A political thriller based on a true story, “The Nile Hilton Incident” follows Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt criminal-justice system, as he probes the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel just weeks before the 2011... Read more

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00pm
A family-friendly program for kids ages 4-8.

Sour Apples

Thursday, November 9 at 9:15pm
Friday, November 10 at 12:30pm

In “Sour Apples,” Mayor Aziz Özay (director Yilmaz Erdogan) and wife Ayda (Devrim Yakut) have a trio of beautiful daughters: Muazzez (Farah Zeynep Abdullah), Türkan (Songül Öden), and Safiye (Sükran Oval). In a 1990s-set framing sequence in the town of Antalya, 40... Read more

The Testament

Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Thursday, November 9 at 2:15pm

In this mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth, Holocaust researcher Yoel is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria over a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of World... Read more