The 14th annual Arab Film Festival Australia (AFFA) returns this August in 2017 sharing the stories and cultures of the Arab world with an impressive program of six features and five short films.
AFFA will screen films from Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Tunisia and Australia, and kicks off in Sydney (17–20 August), moving through Melbourne (25-27 August), Canberra (01–02 September) before concluding in Perth (09 September).
A screening of MAHBAS will launch the festival at the opening night party in Sydney, held at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Thursday 17 August. MAHBAS is a romantic comedy about love and marriage amongst Arab neighbours. The film tells the story of Therese, a Lebanese woman who holds a decades-old grudge against Syrians, due to her brother’s passing caused by a Syrian bomb. As she prepares to meet her daughter’s future in-laws, she is horror-struck to discover that they are Syrian.