Arab Film Fest Tulsa – presented by Mizna, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Circle Cinema
Thu Oct 21 – Sun Oct 24 2021
Mark your calendars for Oct 21-24 for the Arab Film Fest Tulsa! Tulsa Artist Fellow Moheb Soliman is collaborating with award-winning Arab American art organization Mizna to bring contemporary national and international Arab/Southwest Asian & North African (SWANA) films to Circle Cinema for an amazing weekend. The festival is also made possible thanks to generous support from the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Curating partner Mizna brings a nuanced approach to art and identity, representing the diversity and complexity of Arab and Arab American experience and those of other intersecting communities.
Look for more information about the Festival lineup and tickets in the coming weeks. Until then, Mizna is offering access to their monthly online film series as a preview for the Festival. These are pay-what-you-want virtual screenings available to rent for a limited amount of time, don’t miss them!
August 25-29: Post/Protracted Civil War – Click here to pre-order
Encountering the real effects of destruction, the films in this Beirut-focused series complicate the relationship between fact and fiction, using poetry and other forms of intermediality to witness what emerges from ruins. Beirut, a city that has often been the site of sectarian, colonialist and imperialist violence, is a context which produces films that critically engage with images related to moments during, between, and after war and upheaval. At the center of this series is a retrospective of several early films by Jocelyne Saab, who uses documentary form to demonstrate the effects of violence in Lebanon and to challenge dominant western media perceptions and practices of filming and exhibiting war in Beirut. This series coincides with and honors the one year anniversary of the devastating Beirut Port explosion through the celebration of Lebanese filmmaking.
Cultural works made in post-war Lebanon are often labyrinthine in form and content, as artists and their subjects attempt to understand, navigate, and resist the sectarian power structures that led to the war, and reckon with its boundless destruction. As the Lebanese people continue to live under protracted war infrastructures, the questions raised in the August films by Mai Masri and Jean Chamoun, Jalal Toufic and Graziella Rizkallah Toufic, and Ghassan Salhab remain as relevant as ever.