Crossroads

Well received during its first edition in 2015, Crossroads returns for a second year. Screening films born out of cooperation between the Middle East and Europe, this section highlights the true power of cinema as a space for meaningful encounters, bridging the gap between realities and imagined geographies.
Whether Europe is captured through the eyes of Arab filmmakers or the Middle East explored through the perspective of European directors, this section depicts societies from an outsider look that may inspire introspection.
With projects such as Go Home and Parisienne discussing displacement and uprooting, or the British documentary A Syrian Love Story showing Amer and Raghab’s relationship fading out as their country is being torn apart, filmmakers attempt to portray the pulse of these regions through the motion of their protagonists, using fiction, documentaries or hybrid features.
A SYRIAN LOVE STORY


Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When the director, McAllister, first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison leaving Amer to look after their 4 boys alone; but as the ‘Arab Spring’ sw...
AT TITI’S BALCONY


Titi is an 86-year-old Jewish Egyptian communist. Through his identity, his friends, his battles, and his civic choices, he embodies the polyglot, politicized, and secular country that once was. From his balcony, facing his “piece of Midan,” ...
GO HOME


Nada is going home. Or at least she wants to. When she comes back to Lebanon, she realizes she’s a foreigner in her own country. But there’s still a place she calls home: an abandoned house in ruins, haunted by the presence of her grandfather...
PARISIENNE
PEUR DE RIEN

The 90’s… Lina, 18, arrives to Paris for her studies. She is looking for what she can’t find in her home country Lebanon, a taste of freedom. Lead by her natural instinct for self-preservation, she experiences different sid...
ROUGH STAGE
KARMIL PINNAL

Maher, a Palestinian man and former political prisoner, is an electrical engineer by profession but an artist at heart. He dreams of staging a contemporary dance performance in Ramallah. In order to do so, he must deal wit...
SONITA


As a female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita’s talents are a liability. But the young refugee from Afghanistan insists on dreaming big. Her beats are as solid as stones and her rhymes are fierce. For the time being, her only fans are the o...
SPEED SISTERS


The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-domina...
THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED


A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of child...
THE LAST OMELETTE - THE MAKING OF THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED
The story behind the documentary The Land of the Enlightened is as fascinating as the film itself. Shooting over a period of seven years in the chaotic, dangerous and unpredictable war zone of Afghanistan was no easy task. This 'making of' sho...