Yalla Yalla Cedars…
Arab Film Festival Australia is a proud Ambassador
The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be held from October 27 to December 2, 2017 featuring 28 games in 3 countries and 13 host cities. Lebanon has been drawn in Pool A and will play France in Canberra plus England and Australia in Sydney.
Coached by three-time World Cup winner and NRL champion Brad Fittler, the Lebanon Cedars are set to field a strong team that could include NRL stars Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah, Mitchell Moses, Michael Lichaa and Josh Mansour.
Robbie Farah is looking forward to playing for Lebanon saying: “Lebanese people are passionate and I think you’ll see a lot of that come out in the World Cup.”
“Hopefully we can give some young Lebanese kids aspirations and dreams to grow up and really achieve something in sport, or whatever it may be.”
Cedars Head Coach, NRL Legend Brad Fittler, said: “With the NRL season nearing its completion, the players and staff understand the challenge and tough encounters ahead, but having NRL players in the squad will add extra flavour and experience to the squad.
“Lebanon’s strong community support will provide the squad with great confidence in the World Cup.”
Lebanon and France are in the same pool as Australia and England but three teams progress and the winner of the Lebanon v France match will likely advance to the quarter finals of the tournament.
Lebanon’s RLWC2017 Pool A Fixtures:
Lebanon v France, Sunday 29 October, Canberra Stadium
Lebanon v England, Saturday 4 November, Sydney Football Stadium
Lebanon v Australia, Saturday 11, November, Sydney Football Stadium
RLWC2017 tickets start at just $10 kids/concessions $20 Adults and $45 for a family of four. Available now from rlwc2017.com
Register for the RLWC2017 Lebanon Fan Club for updates on the team.
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.