Middle Eastern Focus

3 Faces

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 7 at 2:15pm

After her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory, a provincial girl sends a video plea for help. Well-known Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari is distressed by the video, abandoning her shoot and turning to acclaimed filmmaker... Read more

Capernaum

Sunday, November 11 at 5:30pm

A politically charged fable, “Capernaum” — Lebanese director/co-writer Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Jury Prize-winning drama — revolves around Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his mother and father. When the judge asks Zain why he’s bringing... Read more

Doc Shorts: International Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at lives and events far from home.

Doc Shorts: Women Around the Globe

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A program that spotlights women who stand up and help other women.

Heaven Without People

Wednesday, November 7 at 4:30pm
Friday, November 9 at 5:15pm

“Heaven Without People” is a compelling drama centered on a family celebrating Easter Sunday lunch at the home of their matriarch, Josephine. As at most intimate family gatherings, a multitude of opinions are expressed, political viewpoints are passionately argued... Read more

The Last Fiction

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm

Based on classic Persian literature — “The Shahnameh,” or “The Book of Kings,” by the poet Ferdowsi — the animated “The Last Fiction” follows the twin stories of upstart ruler Zahak, who makes a treacherous rise to the throne in Jamkard (ancient Persia), and of... Read more

Naila and the Uprising

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, “Naila and the Uprising” brings out of anonymity the courageous women who shook the Israeli occupation and put Palestinians on the map for the first time. “Naila and the Uprising”... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 2 at 9:40pm
Animated selections that will warm your heart and blow your mind.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Sunday, November 4 at 9:10pm
An animated sampler with a specific focus on international creations.

Narrative Shorts: Baring It All

Saturday, November 3 at 8:45pm
A program that exposes, both literally and figuratively, tenderness and vulnerability seldom seen onscreen.

Narrative Shorts: Drama

Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm
A program in which things take a decided turn toward the dramatic.

Narrative Shorts: Fantasy

Thursday, November 8 at 9:15pm
A compendium of classic yarns and modern parables.

No Date, No Signature

Saturday, November 3 at 2:10pm
Tuesday, November 6 at 2:10pm

When forensic pathologist Dr. Nariman hits a motorbike with his car, he injures the motorcyclist’s 8-year-old son. Although he offers to take the child to a clinic nearby, the father refuses his help and money. The next morning, in the hospital where he works, Dr... Read more

On Her Shoulders

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

At only 23 years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings — from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of... Read more

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 2

Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm
A children's program with a sophisticated touch that's perfect for kids ages 8-12.