VII Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia

6 October 2013- 10 November 2013 | Cultural activity | Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelona

November is approaching and also, for the seventh consecutive year on these dates, the Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia. If we have always flagged the need to delve into the past, to interrogate it and recover its lives and silenced universes that help us understand the present and imagine a better future, this year we can say that memory is the backbone of the sample. And it could not be otherwise, as Lebanon is the guest country of this edition. A small country, crossroads of diverse worlds and with wounds still bloody in its memories and geography. That is why we propose a journey through its history of the last thirty years with two major films of its cinematography and with two documentaries that, from a current look at the past, bring us closer to some of the great challenges of the present.

We also wanted to recover a myth of the anti-colonial struggle through the figure of Zabana, one of the first leaders in the struggle for Algerian independence. And finally, as the memory is also short, we return – once again – to Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011, which moved the world and will bring us Ibrahim El Batout’s The Winter of Discontent, which opts for best non-English speaking film in the next edition of the Oscars, and which can be seen for the first time in Spain in this show.